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Lightning F6 XR726/N  5 Sqn. c/n 95209.

 

built 26/2/65 as F3, Salmesbury-Warton. Stored & converted to F6 12/7/67 60MU, used by Station flight. 14/11/67 first noted with Golden Arrow markings. 1/2/68 loaned 23 Sqn . 29/2/68 "N" 5 Sqn. 19/10/73 damagedby No. 2 engine starter fire Binbrook. 7/8/76 stored. 23/2/78 "K" 5 Sqn. 3/8/79 painted "K" 23 Sqn for 25th anniversary. 15/8/79 lost rudder in flight, landed safely. 7/80 stored. 12/80 "AE" 5 Sqn. 5/81 stored. 8/12/81 St Athan respray, returned 11/2/82 light grey scheme, stored/used LAF (Lightning Augmentation Flight) with whom coded "F" in red dayglo. 3/83 "DF" LTF. 12/83 stored. 15/4/85 air tested following 30 week mod programme Binbrook by BAe to extend fatigue life by 400hr. "BE" 11 Sqn same month. 6/86 stored then "DF" LTF until 26/3/87. 30/4/87 "BM" 11 Sqn. 7/87 withdrawn from use, stripped for spares. Front fusilage now privately owned in Harrogate Yorkshire.

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