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 the RAF in June 1964, serving until July 1985 when it went into storage/ground instruction at Birnbrook. The frame was moved to various places around the country for storage or display but has now been in the storage area of the South Yorkshire Aircraft Museum/Aeroventure for some time.
Operated by No. 11 Squadron. The pilot's name beneath the cockpit is that of Flt. Lt. Ian Black, who has published a number of excellent books featuring Lightning photos that he took during his RAF career.
Leading a formation of five Lightnings in a rare formation display. This was a non-public event to mark the 25th Anniversary of the Lightning's entry into RAF service but I have not succeeded in finding any internet references to it.
One of 20 pre-production Lightnings, this aircraft first flew 10 April 1959 with serial XG327 and was used on test duties throughout its career. It was withdrawn from use in 1971 and became an instructional airframe. When seen here at Manston it had been shorn of wings and fin and was just a shell.
Operated by the Lightning Training Flight, and being prepared here for a display flight. This aircraft was lost on 21 March 1987 when the pilot ejected overhead Binbrook, having lost control during a display practice.