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English Electric Lightning - Survivor XS416

T.5 XS416 - Dave and Lesley Blissett, Binbrook, Lincolnshire

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Lightning T.5 XS416 at New York, 29th April 2017; Richard E Flagg

The first T.5 produced, XS416 had its first flight on 20th August 1964 and its initial flights were part of the development work for the type. It then went on to serve with the OCU at Coltishall, 11 Squadron and finally the LTF at RAF Binbrook.

After retirement, the airframe was sold for scrap to TVI Doncaster until it was purchased from them and restored by the NATO Aircraft Museum at New Waltham; when that collection was forced to move, it ended up at Grainthorpe and was moved to New York in September 2008 (New York Lincolnshire, not the one in America...) where it was awaiting re-assembly and still was up until 2020!

XS416 was sold to a Dave and Lesley Blissett and was road moved to the site of former RAF Binbrook in August 2021 joining XR724, XS459 and XS457, plus XR725 and XS899 just down the road in the village. Binbrook looks to be a great place for a possible EE Lightning Museum in the future..!

Information on this page current as of 31/08/2021, last updated by Jake

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