Friday, 4 March 2011

BAC Lightning Ian Black 'Last of the Lightnings'

Ebay seller blitz728 Lightning photo sales here. Very low res copies of current and some previous sales.

11Sqn Lightnings F.6 XR727 'BH' & XR754 'BC' air-to-air photo by Ian Black

LTF Lightning T.5 XV328 'DU' air-to-air above clouds

EE Lightning F.6 XR728 above clouds (below). RAF Binbrook Station Commander Gp Capt John Spencer's personal 'Binbrook Flagship', taken by FlyPast magazine photographer Duncan Cubitt prior to the closure of Binbrook in 1988. XR728 is now owned by the Lightning Preservation Group at Bruntingthorpe Aerodrome, Leics. It is housed in the former RAF Wattisham QRA Hangar along with sister-ship XS904.

Lightning F.6 XR754 'BC' air-to-air photo by Ian Black. Although the serial no. is not visible on the photo--identity of the aircraft was obtained by inspection of another photo taken on the same sortie. The nose section of XR754 is currently preserved at Aeroventure, Doncaster.

Lightning T.5s XV328 'BZ' & XS458 'DY' air-to-refuelling from VC.10 tanker ZA147 'F'. XS458 is currently preserved in fast-taxiing condition at Cranfield Aerodrome, Beds., whilst the nose section of XV328 is preserved by Phoenix Aviation at Bruntingthorpe Aerodrome, Leics.

16 x EE BAC Lightnings, 226 OCU, RAF Coltishall

Lightning getting airborne from Binbrook above, and below, EE Lightning F.6 XR728 airborne with a C-130 Hercules. Grimsby Evening Telegraph photo, taken on one of the final photocalls before the closure of RAF Binbrook in 1988.

RAF Binbrook Lightnings XR770, XS897 and bottom, XR 771

BAC Lightning XP693 at 11 Sqn disbandment April 29, 1988. BAe test pilot Keith Hartley taxies in at Binbrook after giving a display during which the arrester hook came down. The hook can be seen tied up under the rear fuselage. Until recently, XP693 was flying with Thunder City at Cape Town and is now up for sale.

BAC Lightnings on final photo-sortie over the North Sea in 1988. XR728 'JS', XS452 'BT' and XS923 'BE'. Grimsby Evening Telegraph photograph. XR728 is now preserved in fast-taxiing condition at Bruntingthorpe, XS452 was flying with Thunder City at Cape Town until recently (in all-black scheme), the nose section of XS923 survives near Welshpool.

1 comment:

  1. Lightning was an interesting aircraft - My story starts with three boys with motor cycles in Edinburgh James Dunbar, Donald Knight and (me) Alastair Berry about 1947 48 . Well we were in the CALL-UP times. I got into medicine and the 5 years in University and 2 in hospitals delayed my call up somewhat - I got into the RAF then RCAF and got flying training and ended up as a fully qualified night fighter pilot in Ottawa with 410 ( The COUGARS ) Sqn but the rather expensive technically advanced AVRO ARROW was cancelled so I was put on Experimental Flying with the RCAF C E P E Operation and later returned to Medicine to run an RCAF HOSPITAL at Baden Soelingen (4 WING ) in Germany - - - Retired in 83 - - - now on Vancouver Island .....