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Survivor WG768

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SB.5 WG768 - RAF Museum Cosford, Shropshire

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SB.5 WG768 at RAF Cosford Museum, 14th March 2020; Francis Wallace

The Shorts SB.5 at Cosford is not a Lightning of any kind, but I think it deserves a place in the survivors list. Used by the RAE to investigate different wing sweep angles and tailplane positions, it ended up only confirming that English Electric were right all along. This head-on shot shows the essentially similar final configuration and hides the many differences when compared with the P.1 - the fin shape and single engine, for instance.

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