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F.6 XR728 - Lightning Preservation Group (runner), Bruntingthorpe, Leicestershire

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Lightning F.6 XR728 at Bruntingthorpe, 16th November 2019; 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 and the LTF, finishing her career with the LTF as the Binbrook Station CO's personal aircraft (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 on the long runway at Bruntingthorpe airfield. Sadly it looks like those days are over and she's pictured above about to blast down the runway for the very last time at twilight. Check out the LPG website for news on their Lightnings.

Since Bruntingthorpe airfield was leased to Cox Automotive the Lightning Preservation Group having been running XR728 in the QRA hangar up to idle power just to help keep all the systems live and well. Once more ground works are complete at the new museum site, it is hopeful that the aircraft can have anti-det runs up to 90% on the apron outside the QRA hangar.

Information on this page current as of 03/08/2021, 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