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English Electric Lightning - Survivor ZF586 (ex 53-688)

F.53 ZF586 - Pinewood Film Studios (nose only?), Buckinghamshire

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Lightning F.53 ZF586 at Marine Salvage, 1998; Damien Burke

53-688 was first flown on 12th July 1968 and delivered to Jeddah on 17th April 1969. She served with 6 Squadron, the LCU and 2 Squadron and was one of several ex-Saudi aircraft bought back by BAe and flown back to Warton (as ZF586) in January 1986. Stored on the airfield for some years, when it became clear there were no real buyers on the horizon, they sold them off for nominal fees and this one along with several others was purchased by Wensley Haydon-Baillie. With his bankruptcy in the mid 1990s, the collection ended up at Marine Salvage near Portsmouth, where I photographed them. The nose was apparently used for filming (possibly the Wing Commander movie in 1999), and was last heard of at Pinewood Studios. In the photo above, ZF586 is the one with the open canopy.

Information on this page current as of 19/10/2008, last updated by Damien

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