English Electric/BAC Lightning F3 – XP750, Lightning Training Flight RAF
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Corgi Aviation Archive 1/72 Scale AA32307: English Electric Lightning F3 XP750 of the Lightning Training Flight, RAF Binbrook, 1977. Limited Edition of 2,300 Pieces. Box lid has a light crush on one corner, otherwise all in great shape.
Length 9.25 inches Wingspan 5.75 inches
XP750 was built at Preston and first flew on 3rd January 1964, being delivered to the Air Fighting Development Squadron in June 1964. The following year it was transferred to No.111 Squadron, then 23 Squadron, before arriving at RAF Binbrook in April 1976 for the Lightning Training Flight coded ‘B’. It trained Lightning pilots for the resident 5 and 11 Squadrons until 19th February 1980. when it was transferred to the former itself. It was grounded in July 1982, but returned to fly with the LTF for a year from February 1984 to February 1985, coded ‘DE’. It was then used as a decoy until it was finally scrapped in September 1987.
Designed to meet a need for a supersonic research aircraft, the English Electric Lightning was first flown on August 4, 1954. The Lightning was uniquely designed-its delta wing was based on German engineering research captured during WWII-and it was the last RAF fighter to be produced entirely in Britain. Instead of being placed on the wings, the Lightning’s twin engines were stacked on top of one another, giving the aircraft an unusual height and an expanded profile. Capable of Mach 2.5, it had a rate-of-climb and maneuverability that could hold its own against any contemporary fighter.