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English Electric Lightning - Survivor XG337

F.1 XG337 - RAF Museum Midlands, RAF Cosford, Shropshire

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Lightning F.1 XG337 at Cosford, 21st April 2022; Jake Wallace

XG337 was the last of the development batch of F.1s, and first flew on 5th September 1959. She was mostly used for Red Top missile trials both at Warton and Boscombe Down, and also received the square-topped fin as part of trials for the forthcoming F.3.

Retired to ground instructional use as 8056M at RAF Cosford and later Halton, she returned to Cosford when earmarked for preservation. She completed the line-up of Lightning ancestors and prototypes at Cosford for several years could be seen in the Test Flight hangar. However, with the Cold War hangar being built in the early 2000s, the museum decided to remove her from the line-up and suspend her from the roof of the hangar in a traditional Lightning vertical climb, a rather impressive sight to visitors!

Information on this page current as of 24/04/2022, last updated by Jake

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