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Survivor 53-684? ('1303')

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53-684? - Displayed, Taif, Saudi Arabia

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Lightning F.53 53-684? at Taif, 6th February 2009; Alastair Ferguson

Another Lightning mystery in the Kingdom... this one is clearly an F.53, but the tail is marked with '1303', which would make it 53-684. However, 684 crashed on take-off at Dhahran in June 1980. It is possible - I'm ignorant of the amount of damage sustained in this crash - that it was repaired for display purposes, but equally it could be another airframe wearing 1303 - does anybody know more? If it is 53-684, then her history is that she was first flown on 10th May 1968 at Samlesbury, delivered to Jeddah on 18th November 1968 and served with 2 Squadron, the LCU and finally 13 Squadron.

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