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Survivor XP703

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XP703 - Lightning Preservation Group, Bruntingthorpe Aerodrome, Leicestershire

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Lightning F.3 XP703 at Bruntingthorpe, 15th July 2012; author

XP703 first flew on 28th September 1963 and entered service with 74 Squadron in June 1964. She also served with 56 and 29 Squadrons, retiring in February 1975. When retired from active service she was transported back to BAC Warton to become a structural test airframe, and went through 500 hours of simulated flying to see how the structure held up. She was scrapped by June 1976 and her nose was chopped up and converted to a ground procedures trainer. It was restored at RAF Coltishall in the 1990s to the superb condition you see it in here and with Coltishall's closure was moved to the City of Norwich Aviation Museum, though occasionally mad visits elsewhere as it is so easy to transport. By 2012 she had appeared in the LPG's QRA hangar at Bruntingthorpe.

Information on this page current as of 22/08/2012

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