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Survivor XS904

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F.6 XS904 - Lightning Preservation Group (runner), Bruntingthorpe, Leicestershire

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Lightning F.6 XS904 at Bruntingthorpe, 16th November 2019; Damien Burke

XS904 first flew on 26th August 1966 and started her RAF life with 11 Squadron in April 1967. Apart from brief periods with 5 Squadron and in storage or on overhaul, she spent her entire career with 11 Squadron. With the type's retirement from service she continued to fly with BAe on Tornado F3 Radar Development trials. Finally retired in late 1992, she was acquired by the Lightning Preservation Group at Bruntingthorpe and flown there on 21st January 1993. The LPG do a marvellous job of keeping her and her stable mate XR728 in running condition. She is pictured above starting up at the twilight event back November 2019 before blasting down the runway for the very last time. Keep an eye on the Lightning Preservation Group website of any updates on the Lightnings.

XS904 is currently under going an engine change and once the new museum area has completed some ground works the LPG guys are hopeful to give the aircraft a run outside the LPG hangar.

Information on this page current as of 17/07/2021, last updated by Jake

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