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THE RESTORATION OF XS422 - An English Electric Lightning

In 1999 I was privilaged to discover a great bunch of RAF Engineers and a few like-minded friends of theirs who were attempting to return to flight a Mach2 English Electric Lightning. At the time there were only 3 airworthy examples of this iconic British cold war jet left in the world. The aircraft, formally with the Empire Test Pilot school at Boscombe Down in Wiltshire, had been shipped to Mississippi in late '98 where the restoration was to take place.

For the last 13 years I have been taking occasional holidays in Mississippi, volunteering on the restoration, and taking a few pictures. Not a bad hobby.

In November 2013, the engineering team successfully ran both engines for the first time post restoration, a major milestone for the project. Ultimately flying is the goal. With the right funding, it being a voluntary group, hopefully that will be in the next few years.

To learn more about the restoration itself and how you can become involved or assist the restoration financially please visit the AALO website


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