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Survivor ZF596 (ex 55-715)

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ZF596 - Anglo American Lightning Organisation (fuselage - stored, spares use), Bruntingthorpe Aerodrome, Leicestershire

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Lightning T.55 ZF596 at Bruntingthorpe, 11th June 2000; author

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. Acquired by the Anglo American Lightning Organisation along with various other Lightning spares, she is being used for spares in their restoration to fly of Lightning XS422 in the USA.

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