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Survivor XS416

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T.5 XS416 - Privately Owned, Wickenby area, Lincolnshire

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Lightning T.5 XS416 at RAF Luqa, Malta; Phil Bradshaw

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 private owner and got road moved a in January 2020 a few miles up North to somewhere in the Wickenby area in Lincolnshire where it is finally getting restored.

Information on this page current as of 17/07/2021, last updated by Jake

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