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English Electric Lightning - Survivor XM192

F.1A XM192 - Charles Ross, Thorpe Camp Visitor Centre, Woodhall Spa, Lincolnshire

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Lightning F.1A XM192 at Thorpe Camp, 28th August 2021; Jake Wallace

XM192 was the 24th production Lightning and flew with 111 Squadron (becoming the subject of an Airfix kit in the process) and then 226 OCU when 111 upgraded to F.3s. Remaining in second-line duties with 226 OCU, 145 Squadron and the Binbrook and Wattisham Target Facilities Flights, XM192 was retired at the end of 1973. After a period of storage the aircraft was put on display at the the gate of RAF Wattisham and remained there for many years before being acquired by Charles Ross of Binbrook and looked after by the Lightning Association.

Unfortunately, the wings and tail were cut off for transport, but a good job was made of patching her back together for her time at Hemswell. Sadly the museum there folded in 2005, thankfully, XM192 escaped the scrap man and was moved to the Thorpe Camp Visitor Centre at Woodhall Spa.

She was put back together again and was mostly complete in May 2008, though the cut lines where its wings and tail were taken off were very obvious; a couple of years later found the spine and tail repainted and the aircraft looked more complete.

Since the above photo was taken, several markings are happily having a touch-up.

Information on this page current as of 08/06/2023, last updated by Jake

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