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Survivor ZF582 (ex 53-676)

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ZF582 - Bournemouth Aviation Museum, Hurn, Dorset

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Lightning F.53 ZF582 at Hurn, 31st October 2008; Howard J Curtis

First flown on 15th January 1968, 53-676 was delivered to Jeddah in September of that year and served with 2 Squadron. One of of several ex-Saudi aircraft bought back by BAe and flown back to Warton (as ZF582) in January 1986. Stored on the airfield for some years, when it became clear there were no real buyers on the horizon, they sold them off for nominal fees and this one along with several others was purchased by Wensley Haydon-Baillie. With his bankruptcy in the mid 1990s, the collection ended up at Marine Salvage near Portsmouth. The nose was bought by a private owner in Reading and displayed at his home for some time before moving to the museum at Hurn, where it was given some further attention and put on display with the cockpit open for inspection.

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