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English Electric Lightning - Survivor XR757

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

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Lightning F.6 XR757 at Newark Air Museum, 25th June 2022; Damien Burke

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 was then sold on to a new owner who kept her in one of the hangars at RAF Scampton, out of public view for the most part.

She was repainted to a pristine finish around 2010, but with her move to the Newark Air Museum and some years of external display there, her paint is suffering a little.

Information on this page current as of 10/07/2022, last updated by Damien

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