The Lightning Preservation Group will be running a two-day event to celebrate 30 years since RAF Lightning operations ceased. This unique event will be an opportunity to get up close to FOUR English Electric Lightnings, presenting some virtually unique photo opportunities (note – the image shown above is for illustrative purposes and has been created with the help of computer software). The event will be on the 16th and 17th June 2018 at Bruntingthorpe, Leicestershire, and tickets can be obtained in advance via the LPG web site www.lightnings.org.uk at £20 for adults and £10 for under 16’s and senior citizens, plus there is a family rate of £50.
It’s likely that 1991 was the last time that four then-airworthy Lightnings were lined up on UK shores. Other than in South Africa the possibility of viewing such a spectacle again may have seemed far-fetched. However, with the Cornwall Heritage Aviation Centre’s Lightning F.53 currently being restored to represent 74 Squadron’s XR768 at Cosford, an agreement has been made for this aircraft to ‘stop off’ for a few days at Bruntingthorpe, where it will memorably be on display alongside the three Lightnings permanently based there.
The event celebrates 30 years since the Lightning retired, and is among LPG’s contributions to the celebrations for the RAF’s centenary.