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F.3 XP701 - Robertsbridge Aviation Society, Mayfield, East Sussex

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Lightning F.3 XP701 at Robertsbridge, 29th September 2013; Richard E Flagg

First flown on 14th September 1963, XP701 spent some time with BAC and the A&AEE on trials work and so did not enter RAF service until 1967, when she joined 29 Squadron. She later served with 111, 29 again, 56 and 11 Squadrons, ending her career with 5 Squadron at Binbrook and then being retired to decoy use. Her history after disposal is a little unclear but apparently she ended up in a scrap yard, and the Robertsbridge Aviation Society was informed that she still existed and so they went along and saved the nose section. When Garry visited in 2007 he was told that she is due to receive a new coat of paint in the near future - alas, more than 6 years later it would appear that precisely nothing has been done and the condition of this nose section continues to deteriorate - there is even vegetation growing inside the cockpit. At least the grass underneath the aircraft has been cut in the intervening years! The Robertsbridge Aviation Society website has a link to an XP701 photo gallery.

Information on this page current as of 13/10/2013, last updated by Damien

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