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English Electric Lightning - Survivor XS904

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

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Lightning F.6 XS904 at Bruntingthorpe , 28th May 2022; Jake Wallace

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 (LPG) based at Bruntingthorpe, which is where she touched down for the final time on 21st January 1993, this being the very last Lightning flight in UK skies. At Bruntingthorpe she joined XR728

The LPG kept XS904 in full taxiing condition alongside XR728 where they both performed fast taxi runs together for many years, wowing the crowds.

Unfortunately, this all came to an end when Cox Automotive leased the airfield site in early 2020. Thankfully, the QRA shed and apron were safe, and so the LPG could, and does, continue to keep XS904 and XR728 in a runnable condition. There is still a lot of groundworks to complete around the QRA shed, and so the museum isn't quite ready to open to visitors just yet. It is hoped that the museum site will open in near future, which will allow you close access to these airframes once again.

Information on this page current as of 02/05/2022, last updated by Jake

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