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English Electric Lightning - Survivor XN776

F.2A XN776 - National Museum of Flight, East Fortune Airfield, Lothian, Scotland

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Lightning F.2A XN776 at National Museum of Flight, 24th June 2022; Adam Poultney

Up in Scotland is XN776, a 92 Squadron F.2A preserved at the National Museum of Flight at East Fortune. First flown as an F.2 on 18th October 1962, she was delivered to 19 Squadron and was flown back to Warton in January 1969 for conversion to an F.2A. Reissued to 19 Squadron at Gutersloh 7 months later, she spent all her active career with them on Battle Flight duties waiting for the Warsaw Pact onslaught that thankfully never happened. Note the two blue diamond shapes on the tail fin - a hint that 92 Squadron once provided the 'Blue Diamonds' display team (in pre-Lightning days when they operated Hunters).

XN776 retired into Leuchars for decoy duties in 1977, acquiring the serial 8535M. 5 years later, she moved to the National Museum of Flight and has been on display ever since.

Information on this page current as of 27/06/2022, last updated by Jake

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