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Survivor ZF596 (ex 55-715)

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ZF596 - Lakes Lightnings (nose), Spark Bridge, Cumbria

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Lightning T.55 ZF596 at Spark Bridge, 24th August 2010; Neil Airey/Lakes Lightnings

55-715 was first flown on 28th February 1968 and delivered to Saudi Arabia on 11th March 1969. She was the first T.55 delivered to the LCU and served with the LCU and later 6 and 2 Squadrons. She was one of several ex-Saudi aircraft bought back by BAe and flown back to Warton (as ZF596) 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. By 2008 she had come back to Warton and the ownership of the BAE Warton Heritage Group. She was placed in storage pending display at the Museum of Science and Industry at Manchester, then plans changed and she went to the RAF Millom Museum. With that museum's collapse, Lakes Lightnings acquired her from the Heritage Group and in August 2010 she moved to Spark Bridge. She's pictured on arrival - viewing at this private location is possible by appointment.

Information on this page current as of 06/02/2012

Find other photos of ZF596 on the following sites:

Air-Britain - Airliners.net - Airplane-Pictures.net - flickr.com - WorldAirPics.com - JetPhotos.net - PlanePictures.net