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Survivor ZF579 (ex 53-671)

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F.53 ZF579 - Gatwick Aviation Museum, Charlwood, Surrey

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Lightning F.53 ZF579 at Gatwick Aviation Museum, 12th February 2011; Francis Wallace

Another ex-Marine Salvage Lightning is ZF579, purchased by the Gatwick Aviation Museum in early 2000. Delivered in April and reassembled in practically no time at all, it is the intention of the volunteers there to restore the aircraft to ground running condition. Sadly however lack of space means there's no chance of taxi runs - unless somebody fancies building a taxiway to nearby Gatwick Airport? ZF579 was to be painted up as an RAF F.6, in the overall grey scheme, but after some thought the volunteers have bravely decided the polished metal scheme it is currently in is worth keeping despite the effort involved! As you can see work on the electrical systems has come along nicely - restoration to ground running condition is still ongoing, with the majority of No.1 engine bay subsystems installed and refurbished. Since the photo above was taken, she has under gone a huge restoration within the last few years, ZF579 is now polished and is wearing her correct Saudi markings rather than the RAF markings shown in the photo above. She also performs static engine runs to this day which makes her the worlds only live Lightning F.53!

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