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Lightning F6 XR723/D. c/n 95206.

built 2/2/65 as F3. Salmesbury-Warton. stored and converted to F6 9/6/67 to "L" 11 Sqd. 29/11/67 endurance flight 8hrs 15min with 5 AARs, pilot Flt Lt W D E Eggleton. 22/3/72 60MU overhaul and store. 6/73 "K" 23 Sqd. 9/73 recoded "F" 23 Sqd. 7/74 recoded "A" 23 Sqd. 9/8/74 60MU overhaul. Late 1974 "F" 23 Sqd. 3/11/75 Binbrook. 3/76 "D" 5 Sqd; in and out of store, camouflaged. 9/78 "A" 5 Sqd. 18/9/79 crashed into sea 15 miles south of RAF Akrotiti after engine fire. Pilot (Gp Capt P Carter) ejected safely, returned to dry land within hour

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