Lightning fast taxi run postponed

Due to the rapidly developing repercussions of the coronavirus outbreak, the Anglo American Lightning Organisation (AALO) has decided to postpone its planned fast taxi run of English Electric Lightning T.5 XS422.

English Electric Lightning T.5 XS422 at Stennis in 2017. Lee Scargall via Max Waldron

It had been scheduled for March 19-20 at the aircraft's Stennis, Mississippi base. AALO director Lee Scargall took the decision to cancel all upcoming travel to the USA in respect for the safety and welfare of the team, and others planning to attend.

The situation will be closely monitored and once the global situation starts to improve the planning of future activities will resume. The group is ultimately aiming to return the aircraft to the air - with fast taxi runs being a key development in this process.