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Survivor XR755

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F.6 XR755 - Ernie Marshall, near Callington, Cornwall

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Lightning F.6 XR755 at Callington, 28th March 2018; Richard E Flagg

XR755 was built as an F.3 and first flew in July 1965. She served with 5 Squadron initially and was converted to an F.6 in 1967, returning to the Squadron in 1968. By 1983 she was with 11 Squadron.

XR755 was one of four Lightnings purchased after retirement to be put back in the air at Exeter, when that plan fell through, she moved to Ernie's garden. She's painted in colours that vaguely resemble green and grey with incorrect markings and text, the paint job is rather good as seen in the photo above. It's engines are not fitted but otherwise she looks to be in good condition, and is one of a handful of Lightnings displayed with overwing tanks.

Information on this page current as of 24/06/2021, last updated by Jake

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