Aircraft English Electric Lightning

 

English Electric Lightning T55 (55-713), ex-Saudi Air Force at Midland Air Museum - Click for Full Image

English Electric Lightning T55 (55-713), ex-Saudi Air Force at Midland Air Museum. This aircraft type was a conversion trainer for the Saudi and Kuwait Air Force which were export customers for the Lightning. The ex-Saudi Arabian T-55s returned to the UK in 1988 and were held at BAe Warton, near Preston. The Midland Air Museum acquired this aircraft in 1989 and it is displayed in the colours of the Royal Saudi Air Force. As far as I am aware it is the only T.55 only display in the UK. 

 (Picture November 2002)


 

English Electric Lightning F.6 (XR771) at Midland Air Museum  - Click for Full Image

English Electric Lightning F.6 (XR771) at Midland Air Museum is displayed in the colours of 11 Squadron, RAF Binbrook with which it served. This aircraft had a new coat of paint in 2002 and looks great.

(Picture April 2003)


 

English Electric Lightning F.53 (ZF588) at East Midlands Aeropark - Click for Full Image

English Electric Lightning F.53 (ZF588) at East Midlands Aeropark served with the Royal South African Air Force as 53-693/G-27-63. It is displayed in the colours of 74 'Tiger' Squadron of the RAF.

(Picture November 2002)


 

Lightning T.5 (XS417) at Newark Air Museum - Click for Full Image

The English Electric Lightning T.5 (XS417) at the Newark Air Museum. This is the trainer version of the Lightning F.3. This aircraft was the first production T.5 and joined 226 OCU at RAF Coltishall in June 1965. It later served with 23 Squadron at RAF Leuchars and 56 Squadron at RAF Wattisham. The aircraft last flew in 1987 and it was transported by road to Newark in 1988.

(Picture October 2002)


 

Lightning F.6 (XS903) at the Yorkshire Air Museum - Click for Full Image

English Electric Lightning F.6 (XS903) at the Yorkshire Air Museum was built at Samlesbury and first flew in 1966. It served with both 5 and 11 Squadrons of the RAF and arrived at Elvington in 1988.

(Picture February 2003)


 

English Electric Lightning F.1A (XM135) at Duxford - Click for Full Image

Lightning F.1A (XM135) was flown to Duxford in 1974. It is the second production lightning and served with 74 Squadron and the Fighter Command Aerobatic Team. It is displayed in 74 Squadron colours.

(Picture August 2002)


 
English Electric Lightning F.1 (XG329) at Flixton - Click for Full Image

English Electric Lightning F.1 (XG329) at the Norfolk and Suffolk Aviation Museum is one of only two pre-production Lightnings to survive in the UK - the other is at Cosford and is shown directly below.

(Picture August 2002)


 

English Electric Lightning F.1 (XG337) at Cosford - Click for Full Image

English Electric Lightning F.1 (XG337) at Cosford. This is the last of twenty fully equipped pre-production aircraft (also called P1.B). This aircraft first flew in September 1959 and was used for armament, general handling, radar and engine testing and was based at Farnborough.   

(Picture June 2003)


 

Lightning F6 (XS925) at the Royal Air Force Museum, Hendon - Click for Ful lImage

English Electric Lightning F6 (XS925) at the Royal Air Force Museum, Hendon. This plane served with 74, 11, 23 and 5 Squadron before being stored at RAF Binbrook in November 1986. It arrived at Hendon in April 1988.

(Picture March 2003)


  

English Electric Lightning F.53 (ZF593) awaiting reassembly at the City of Norwich Aviation Museum - Click for Full Image

English Electric Lightning F.53 (ZF593) awaiting reassembly at the City of Norwich Aviation Museum in August 2002. This aircraft was first flown in June 1968 and was actually on static display at the 1968 Farnborough Air Show. It was delivered to the Royal Saudi Air Force in 1969 and returned to the UK in 1986. It is currently on loan to the Museum from a local enthusiast.

(Picture August 2002)


  

English Electric Lightning T.5 (XV328) at Bruntingthorpe - Click for Full Image

The cockpit of English Electric Lightning T.5 (XV328) can be found at Bruntingthorpe. Part of the Phoenix Aviation Collection it served with 5 and 29 Squadrons and also the Lightning Training Flight.

(Picture May 2003)


Cockpit of English Electric Lightning F.6 (XS897) at the South Yorkshire Air Museum (AeroVenture) - Click for Full Image

The cockpit of English Electric Lightning F.6 (XR754) at the South Yorkshire Air Museum (AeroVenture). This aircraft served with 5, 11 and 23 Squadrons as well as the Aeroplane and Armament Experimental Establishment (A&AEE).

(Picture June 2003)

 

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