This Lightning was delivered in 1963 to the Air Fighting Development Squadron (AFDS) at RAF Birnbrook. Some 3 yrs later, after having flown only 277 hours, she was returned to Warton for upgrade to F.2A standard, after which she was delivered to 19 Squadron at RAF Guttersloh. After the Lightnings in West Germany were replaced by F-4s, XN726 was trucked to Shoreburyness for use as a target in armament testing. Fortunately the nose was saved prior to the remains of the airframe being scrapped.
This Lightning was delivered to 19 Squadron in 1963. After upgrade to F2A standard she was transferred to 92 Squadron at Gütersloh and served until retirement in 1976. Fortunately she has ended up in the super Luftwaffenmuseum der Bundeswehr at Gatow.