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Survivor ZF595 (ex 55-714)

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ZF595 - Anglo-American Lightning Organisation (nose, spares use), Stennis International Airport, Hancock County, Mississippi, USA

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Lightning T.55 ZF595 at Bruntingthorpe, 11th June 2000; author

55-714 was first flown on 1st February 1968 and delivered to Coltishall for Saudi pilo training initially, in March 1968. She was delivered to Saudi Arabia on 11th July 1969 and served with the LCU and later 6, 13 and 2 Squadrons. She was one of several ex-Saudi aircraft bought back by BAe and flown back to Warton (as ZF595) 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 Anglo American Lightning Organisation acquired her for spares use in their XS422 restoration and transported her to Bruntingthorpe initially, thence onwards to their facility at Stennis in the USA. The original plan had been to use ZF595's nose instead of XS422's one as 422's cockpit was quite empty, but that plan has been shelved after finding significant corrosion in ZF595's nose wheel bay. They are currently using much of ZF595's cockpit interior to refurbish XS422's nose section.

Information on this page current as of 19/10/2008

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