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XS899 - Charles Ross, Binbrook, Lincolnshire

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Lightning F.6 XS899 at Horsham St. Faith, 21st April 2007; author

First flown on 8th June 1966, XS899 served with 5 Squadron for her entire career. With the retirement of the type and RAF Binbrook's closure, she was disposed of to Arnold Glass and flown to Cranfield as part of his plan to fly several Lightnings. Alas this came to nothing and she was scrapped in 1994; the nose was saved by Lightning enthusiast Charles Ross. She was put on loan to RAF Coltishall and XS899's nose was restored to an incredible condition by W/O Mick Jennings and his team at there - as he modestly admitted though, he had a hangar to put it in and the services of an RAF station to help out. Many aspects of the restoration were treated as a training exercise, if only more stations were so smart! With Coltishall's closure, the nose section moved to the City of Norwich Aviation Museum along with the rest of Mick's cockpit collection. Since then, she's moved to Charles Ross in Binbrook.

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