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Survivor XR713 ('XR718')

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F.3 XR713 - Lightning Preservation Group, Bruntingthorpe Aerodrome, Leicestershire

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Lightning F.3 XR713 at Bruntingthorpe, 16th November 2019; Jake Wallace

XR713 first flew in October 1964, entering service in early 1965 with 111 Squadron. She went on to serve with 5 Squadron and the LTF at various times before retirement to BDRT duties at RAF Leuchars, which was actually a cover for her being a squadron mascot and gate guard. With Leuchars' closure, she was put up for disposal and a fund raising effort by the Lightning Preservation Group was successful in raising enough money to buy her and transport her to Bruntingthorpe in 2015. As she had not been previously cut for transport, she was dismantled correctly and rebuilt at Bruntingthorpe - making her the only remaining F.3 airframe that hasn't had the wings cut for transport. She now joins the two running F.6s at Brunty and illustrates nicely the differences between the marks. In July 2017 she had her new split paint scheme unveiled, and now wears these striking 56 Squadron markings on her starboard side, masquerading as XR718. On her port side she retains her 111 Squadron XR713 markings.

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