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Survivor XS903

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F.6 XS903 - Yorkshire Air Museum, Elvington, North Yorkshire

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Lightning F.6 XS903 at Yorkshire Air Museum, 26th October 2013; Francis Wallace

First flown 17th August 1966, XS903 entered service with 5 Squadron and went on to serve with 11 Squadron and the LTF, finishing her career with 11 Squadron. She was flown into Elvington in 1988. With the paint scheme looking rather tired after a few years there, she was repainted in the late 1990s. The paint job (an 11 Squadron scheme) is not yet complete (and has been this way for some years now), hence the missing roundel on the nose and lack of any stencils. Come on boys, get it sorted... since my visit in 1999 she's clearly spent a fair bit of time outside of the hangar and the paint finish has dulled considerably. Seems a bit strange that the paint scheme has been left unfinished for so long and sadly XS903 can be seen today still in a faded and unfinished paint scheme - nobody at Elvington interested in Lightnings anymore?

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