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English Electric Lightning F6

XS903 was built at Salmesbury and made its first flight on 17 August 1966 and joined 5 Squadron at Binbrook. It made a nosewheel-up landing at Coningsby on 14 September 1979. Following various spells with 11 Squadron, or in store, XS903 returned to 5 Squadron to go to Akrotiri in Cyprus. By July 1987, it was back with 11 Squadron and it lost a part of its rudder in flight and had to make an emergency landing on 4 August of that year.

The Lightning was flown to Elvington for preservation on 18 May 1988, by Wing Commander ‘Jake’ Jarron, Commanding Officer of 11 Squadron.

The Yorkshire Air Museum is very near to York and if you find yourself in the area you can spend a pleasant 4 hours or so having a look around. It is worth it.
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About Darren Baker (CMOT)
FROM: ENGLAND - SOUTH WEST, UNITED KINGDOM

I have been building model kits since the early 70’s starting with Airfix kits of mostly aircraft, then progressing to the point I am at now building predominantly armour kits from all countries and time periods. Living in the middle of Salisbury plain since the 70’s, I have had lots of opportunitie...