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English Electric Lightning - Survivor XR725

F.6 XR725 - Charles Ross, Chestnut Farm, Binbrook village, Lincolnshire

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Lightning F.6 XR725 at Binbrook, December 2020; Lightning Association

Built as an F.3 and first flown on 17th March 1965, XR725 was then put into store and converted to an F.6, being delivered to the RAF - 23 Squadron - in August 1967. A bit of a globetrotter, XR725 was damaged while at Sola, Norway, but soon repaired and also turned up at the Toronto air show after a mammoth 7-hour long flight (with air-to-air refuelling, naturally!). By July 1970 she was with 74 Squadron, and also went on to serve with 56 and 5 Squadrons and the LTF at Binbrook. In late 1982 she joined the LAF (Lightning Augmentation Flight) and from 1985 onwards flew with 11 Squadron. She gained her black spine and fin in the last months of active service.

On disposal, she was bought by Lightning fanatic Charles Ross, and was transported the short distance to his home in Binbrook village. XR725 is in generally good condition and is looked after by the Lightning Association. While Charles doesn't mind people taking a look at XR725, please do ask in advance as it is displayed on private property.

Information on this page current as of 07/04/2023, last updated by Jake

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