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Survivor XR757

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XR757 - Privately owned, RAF Scampton, Lincolnshire

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Lightning F.6 XR757 at Newark, 20th June 2010; author

First flown on 19th August 1965 as an F.3, XR757 served with 23 Squadron initially and during 1968 was converted to an F.6. She returned to RAF service with 11 Squadron in 1972 and bounced between 5 and 11 Squadrons for the rest of her career. Scrapped with the nose saved, XR757 spent the late 1990s at the NATO Aircraft Museum at New Waltham, with the museum's move to Grainthorpe she went along too but has since been sold on to a new owner who keeps her in one of the hangars at RAF Scampton, out of public view for the most part. Repainted to a pristine finish, she's seen here on a visit to Newark for the annual Cockpitfest.

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