Light­ning’s new Fire­bird colours

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The Light­ning Preser­va­tion Group (LPG) at Brunt­ingth­orpe has re­cently re­painted its Light­ning F3 XR713. It is now im­mac­u­lately fin­ished with No 56 Squadron Fire­birds’ colour­ful mark­ings as car­ried by XR718 coded ‘C’ on the star­board side, re­tain­ing its — newly re­painted — No 111 Sqn colours on the port side. XR713 first flew from War­ton on 21 Oc­to­ber 1964 and was de­liv­ered to No 111 Sqn on 8 January 1965. It later served with Nos 5 and 11 Squadrons, end­ing up with the Light­ning Train­ing Flight (LTF) be­fore be­ing flown to Leuchars in March 1987 to be­come a gate-guard and dis­posed of when RAF Leuchars closed. After a fundrais­ing cam­paign it was se­cured by the LPG, dis­man­tled and trans­ported by road to Brunt­ingth­orpe where it was re­assem­bled. In 2016 the LPG and the Cen­tre of Avi­a­tion Pho­tog­ra­phy (COAP) dis­cussed the feasibilit­y of paint­ing one side of the air­craft in No 56 Sqn Fire­birds’ marks. This was even­tu­ally agreed and COAP part-spon­sored the re­paint. This work on both sides was car­ried out in June/july 2017. Report & photo: Peter Cooper

Light­ning XR713 dis­plays its new Fire­bird mark­ings

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