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F.2A XN784 - PS Aero, Baarlo, Netherlands

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Lightning F.2A XN784 at Baarlo, 16th June 2007; Tom McGhee/

XN784 was first flown as an F.2 on 26th January 1963 and served with 19 Squadron, RAF Germany. Returned to Warton in January 1969, she was converted to an F.2A and returned to 19 Squadron. Retired to ground instructional/decoy duties in 1977, her last flight was to Bruggen on 31st March 1977 where she was put out on the airfield as a decoy and gained a rather odd wraparound camouflage scheme. She was later disposed of, initially going to the airfield at Mönchen-Gladbach, and then in the 1990s to the museum at Hermeskeil, where she was stored in the open in a dismantled state for many years, wearing the false serial 'XN781'. More recently she was been bought by PS Aero in Holland and they had her moved and reassembled and put on display at their facility in Baarlo. The decoy paint scheme has been recently reapplied - shame it's not a 'real' scheme - but at least she's back in one piece and on display again. She now wears no serial at all.

Information on this page current as of 18/10/2008, last updated by Damien

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