Aircraft Photo of XN726 | English Electric Lightning F2A | UK - Air Force | #78696
Registration / Serial:XN726
Aircraft Original Type:English Electric Lightning
Aircraft Generic Type:English Electric Lightning
Aircraft Version:English Electric Lightning F2A
C/n (msn):
Operator / Titles:UK - Air Force
City / Airport:Old Sarum (closed)Map
Region / Country:England, United Kingdom
Airport Codes:ICAO: EGLS   IATA: -   Local: -   Other: -
Collection:Boscombe Down Aviation Collection
Photo Date:24 October 2014
Photo by:Alastair T. Gardiner
Photo ID: 78696
Photo Comment

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.

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