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English Electric Lightning - Survivor ZF577 (ex 53-668)

F.53 ZF577 - Pinewood Film Studios (nose only?), Buckinghamshire

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Lightning F.53 ZF577 at Marine Salvage, 1998; Damien Burke

53-668 was first flown on 4th September 1967 and delivered to Saudi Arabia on 8th November 1968. She served with 6 and 2 Squadrons and was one of several ex-Saudi aircraft bought back by BAe and flown back to Warton (as ZF577) in January 1986. Stored on the airfield for some years, when it became clear there were no real buyers on the horizon, they sold them off for nominal fees and this one along with several others was purchased by Wensley Haydon-Baillie. With his bankruptcy in the mid 1990s, the collection ended up at Marine Salvage near Portsmouth, where I photographed them. The nose was apparently used for filming (possibly the Wing Commander movie in 1999), and was last heard of at Pinewood Studios.

Information on this page current as of 19/10/2008, last updated by Damien

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