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Survivor XR754

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F.6 XR754 - Matt Buddle, Upwood, Cambridgeshire

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Lightning F.6 XR754 at Cockpit-Fest, 23rd June 2019; Jake Wallace

First flown on 8th July 1965, XR754 entered service with 5 Squadron and went on to serve with 23 and 11 Squadrons also. When disposed of, her nose section was rescued and held by the Blythe Valley Aviation Collection at Walpole in Suffolk, then moved to the South Yorkshire Air Museum. She looked pretty tired there, and was stored out in the open. However with the SYAM's move to Doncaster and renaming as Aeroventure, she has joined many of the other exhibits under cover. In 2013 she was disposed of and moved to Matt's home in Upwood. Since 2013 XR754 has now been restored and repainted which you can see in the picture above taken in June 2019 at Cockpit-Fest, Newark Air Museum.

Information on this page current as of 24/06/2021, last updated by Jake

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