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F.53 ZF592 - City of Norwich Aviation Museum, Horsham St. Faith, Norfolk

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Lightning F.53 ZF592 at Horsham St. Faith, 21st April 2007; Damien Burke

This F.53 was first flown as G-AWON on 11th June 1968, and put on display at the 1968 Farnborough SBAC show with an impressive array of weaponry. Delivered to the Saudis in 1969 as 53-686, she served with 2 Squadron, the LCU, then bounced between 2 and 13 Squadrons until January 1986 when she was retired and bought back by BAe as part of the Tornado F.3 deal and flown home to Warton as ZF592. In common with many of the ex-Saudi airframes she was stored out in the open at Warton and eventually sold off for a nominal fee, being transported to the City of Norwich Aviation Museum eventually. F.53 ZF592 was - rarely for a Lightning - disassembled correctly for transport, no wings hacked off on this old girl! Reassembled and restored in full Saudi markings since her arrival, she is a real credit to her owner.

Information on this page current as of 21/04/2007, last updated by Damien

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