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Survivor ZF587 (53-691)

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F.53 ZF587 - Mike Coleman, Lashenden Air Warfare Museum, Headcorn, Kent

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Lightning F.53 ZF587 at Headcorn, 16th June 2019; Mike Burdett

Lightning 53-691 first flew on 29th August 1968 and was delivered to Jeddah on 31st January 1969. She served with 2 Squadron and was one of the several airframes returned to Warton in January 1968 when BAe bought them back from the Saudis as part of the Tornado deal.

Stored at Warton for several years, she was bought by Wensley Haydon-Baillie and with his bankruptcy in 1994 moved on to Marine Salvage near Portsmouth where she was stored with several others in a dismantled state. The nose was used in the filming of the Wing Commander movie in the late 1990s (acting as a spaceship!), and was cut in half along a line running down from the front of the canopy/rear of the windscreen.

After filming use she was bought by Mike Coleman and he put her on loan to the Lashenden Air Warfare Museum at Headcorn in May 2001. It can be seen sat next to the hangars at the museum, but not really on display as you can see above. Several panel are missing with its canopy going quite cloudy.

Information on this page current as of 30/06/2021, last updated by Jake

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