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Survivor XV328

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T.5 XV328 - Phoenix Aviation, Bruntingthorpe Aerodrome, Leicestershire

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Lightning T.5 XV328 at Bruntingthorpe, 11th October 2008; Damien Burke

First flown on 22nd December 1966, XV328 was delivered to 60 MU in January 1967 and then issued to 29 Squadron. By 1973 she was with 5 Squadron and at some point after 1983 moved over to 11 Squadron, flying with them until retirement in 1987. In 1988 she was sold to Arnold Glass and flown into Cranfield along with several other Lightnings that Arnold had bought with the aim of restoring them all to flight. Sadly this plan came to nothing and XV328 mouldered away at Cranfield until finally the scrap man came calling in 1994. Happily her nose at least was saved, and ended up with Phoenix Aviation at Bruntingthorpe. Usually to be found in the line-up of nose sections among the Cold War Jets museum at Bruntingthorpe, at the occasional open days you can pay to sit in her and make 'dacka dacka dacka' noises to your heart's content. She's in generally good condition and bar a few missing bits and pieces in the cockpit, is just about complete.

Information on this page current as of 17/07/2021, last updated by Jake

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