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Survivor XR757

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F.6 XR757 - Privately owned, Newark Air Museum, Winthorpe Show Ground, Nottinghamshire

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Lightning F.6 XR757 at Newark Air Museum, 23rd June 2019; Jake Wallace

First flown on 19th August 1965 as an F.3, XR757 served with 23 Squadron initially and during 1968 was converted to an F.6. She returned to RAF service with 11 Squadron in 1972 and bounced between 5 and 11 Squadrons for the rest of her career. Scrapped with the nose saved, XR757 spent the late 1990s at the NATO Aircraft Museum at New Waltham, with the museum's move to Grainthorpe she went along too but has since been sold on to a new owner who keeps her in one of the hangars at RAF Scampton, out of public view for the most part. Back around 2010, she was repainted to a pristine finish! However the paint today is starting to show it's age. She can be seen on display today at the Newark Air Museum outside Hangar 2. The photograph above was taken at Cockpit-Fest 2019.

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