F.6 XR728 - Lightning Preservation Group (runner), Bruntingthorpe, Leicestershire
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. Due to Cox Automotive leasing the airfield, the LPG group is sadly unable to carry out any engines runs at this current moment in time. There are plans in the near future for the new Cold War Jets museum to have an area dedicated to static engine runs, however it is almost certain that the lightnings will only be able to push the throttles up to 90% due to the space available.
Information on this page current as of 09/06/2021
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