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Survivor XG325

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F.1 XG325 - Privately owned, Thetford, Norfolk

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Lightning F.1 XG325 at Southend Airport, 26th May 2003; Garry Lakin

One of only two remaining F.1 cockpit sections is XG325, seen here on a rare public outing at the Southend Airport Open Day (held over the same weekend as the annual airshow). After many years being looked after by 1476 ATC Squadron at Rayleigh, the unit's new CO decided to sell her to fund the acquisition of a minibus. While this is no doubt very useful to the unit, it does strike me as selling off the family silver! XG325 was one of the F.1 development batch airframes and first flew on 26th February 1959. Retired in 1964, she ended up at Foulness and had been reduced to a cockpit section with 1476 ATC by the late 1960s.

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