English Electric Lightning - Survivor XR728
F.6 XR728 - Lightning Preservation Group (runner), Bruntingthorpe, Leicestershire
Lightning F.6 XR728 at Bruntingthorpe, 23rd October 2021; Jake Wallace
Built as an F.3, XR728 first flew on 17th March 1965, being delivered to Warton for storage until converted to an F.6 and then delivered to 23 Squadron in November 1967. She also served with 5, 56, and 11 Squadrons plus the LTF, finishing her career with the LTF as the Binbrook Station CO's personal aircraft which was John Spencer at the time (hence the 'JS' coding on the fin).
After retirement, she was bought by the Lightning Preservation Group
and her final flight was to Bruntingthorpe on 24th June 1988. XR728 is very well looked after by the LPG and for many years performed regular fast taxi runs along the runway at Bruntingthorpe airfield.
Sadly those days are over with Cox Automotive leasing the airfield in 2020. Thankfully the QRA shed was safe from day one as they are not a part of the main airfield site. A lot of groundworks have been done around the QRA shed to allow the smaller airframes to be removed from the site with a fence being put up at the end of the LPG apron.
XR728 is still lovingly looked after by the LPG guys in the QRA hangar and is run every month or so to keep the airframe in a runnable condition for generations to enjoy.
The new museum site is currently closed to the public, but the volunteers are looking at opening in the spring of 2022.
Information on this page current as of 24/10/2021, last updated by Jake
Find other photos of XR728 on the following sites:
Air-Britain - Airliners.net - Airplane-Pictures.net - flickr.com - WorldAirPics.com - JetPhotos.net - PlanePictures.net