Best of Breed

Hugh Trevor details the restoration of his Lightning F.2A cockpit – from ballistics target to museum piece

A flight of 19 Squadron F.2As on exchange to Aalborg in Denmark in September 1968, led by their CO, Bob Barcilon, in XN726.
VIA AIR CDRE BOB BARCILON
A flight of 19 Squadron F.2As on exchange to Aalborg in Denmark in September 1968, led by their CO, Bob Barcilon, in XN726.
VIA AIR CDRE BOB BARCILON

Watching English Electric Lightning aerobatic displays at airshows in the 1970s first sparked my enthusiasm for this icon of British aviation design. A little later, the F.2A became the variant of particular attraction – despite my never having seen one fly. A magazine article full of stunning images of the drab-toned fighters then hooked me for life.

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