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English Electric Lightning F53

Lightning ZF578 was delivered to Saudi Arabia in November 1968 and, after sterling service with the Royal Saudi Air Force, was finally recovered to the UK for disposal in January 1986. She was initially displayed at the Wales Aircraft Museum until being purchased by Raymond and Meryl Hansed in 1996 and moved to Quedgeley, Gloucester. During restoration, ZF578 took on the guise of F6 XR753 and the livery of No 23 Squadron RAF. The Hanseds donated this superb aircraft to Tangmere in June 2002.


Take a tour of the Lightning’s cockpit


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