Aircraft Photo of XS458 | English Electric Lightning T5 | UK - Air Force | AirHistory.net #86417
Aircraft
Registration / Serial:XS458
Other Marks:DY
Aircraft Original Type:English Electric Lightning
Aircraft Generic Type:English Electric Lightning
Aircraft Version:English Electric Lightning T5
C/n (msn):B1/95018
Operator / Titles:UK - Air Force
Location
City / Airport:CranfieldMap
Region / Country:England, United Kingdom
Airport Codes:ICAO: EGTC   IATA: -   Local: -   Other: -
 
Photo Date:October 1988
Photo by:Malcolm Clarke
Photo ID: 86417
Photo Comment

Withdrawn from service by the RAF in the 80's, six English Electric Lightning's were purchased by a wealthy tax exile, from Binbrook squadrons Nos 5 and 11, all F-6s & T5's. They were flown into Cranfield by their pilots and regularly ground maintained by RAF personnel for some time. The poor! man's dream to fly them was thwarted by either the refusal of the CAA to issue the necessary licence, or the high maintenance costs, and the aircraft were eventually sold on.

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