30 YEARS OF LIGHTNING THUNDER

Enthusiasts delight in seeing two of the Lightning Preservation Group’s jets thundering down the Bruntingthorpe runway. Hugh Trevordetails the work of the organisation that pays tribute to this charismatic fighter.

ENGLISH ELECTRIC LIGHTNING SPECIAL

John Ward taxiing Lightning F.6 XS904 from the then recently completed Q-Shed for the first time, in July 2012.All photos Hugh Trevor unless stated

“Buchan Master Controller on telebrief. Binbrook, alert one Lightning.” Wing Ops: “Binbrook acknowledged – Mission 04.” Master Controller: “Mission 04, we have a contact strength two. Eighty miles northeast of Aberdeen heading south, height 8,000 and climbing, speed 250kts… 04, your mission is to intercept, identify and report. Vector zero three-zero, climb to flight level two-five-zero, call Buchan Control on fighter stud five, standby fighter stud 8. Scramble, scramble, scramble – acknowledge.” Wing Ops: “Binbrook acknowledged, 04 scrambling.”

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