EE Lightning XP743

English Electric Lightning XP743 first served with 56 Sqn from 1964 until 1969, then transferred to 29 Sqn, where she served until 1975. After retirement she went into storage initially and then was eventually sold for scrap. The forward fuselage section was saved and in 1982 it went to 351 Sqn ATC at Burton-upon-Trent. In 2009 it was sold to Maggie Aggiss (Chairperson Wattisham Station Heritage Museum) and brought back to Wattisham Airfield. It was then sold in 2012 to Ken Hayward (Member of Wattisham Station Heritage Museum) who is currently working to restore it to its original condition.

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Service History of Lightning F3 XP743
18/02/1964 First Flight
18/02/1965 Delivered to 33 MU at Lyneham
March 1965 to 56 Sqn at Wattisham
18/01/1967 to TDFF at Wattisham
25/01/1967 to 56 Sqn at Wattisham
11/05/1967 56 Sqn moved to Akrotiri
24/09/1969 to 29 Sqn at Wattisham
Nov 1969 to 56 Sqn at Akrotiri
18/08/1972 to 29 Sqn at Wattisham
19/01/1975 to 60 MU at Leconfield
16/10/1975 Struck off charge
15/12/1975 Sold as scrap to J. Shackleton and Co, Siddal, Halifax
1982 Nose to 351 Sqn ATC at Burton-upon-Trent
2009 Nose to Wattisham Station Heritage Museum

General Specifications
Crew: 1
Length: 55 ft 3 in (16.8 m)
Wingspan: 34 ft 10 in (10.6 m)
Height: 19 ft 7 in (5.97 m)
Wing area: 474.5 ft²[73] (44.08 m²)
Empty weight: 31,068 lb (14,092 kg)
Max. take-off weight: 45,750 lb (20,752 kg)
Powerplant: 2 × Rolls-Royce Avon 301R afterburning turbojets
Dry thrust: 12,530 lbf[6] (55.74 kN) each
Thrust with afterburner: 16,000 lbf[6] (71.17 kN) each

Performance
Maximum speed: Mach 2.0 (1,300 mph, 2,100 km/h) at 36,000 ft.
Range: 850 miles (1,370 km) Supersonic intercept radius: 155 miles (250 km)
Ferry range: 920 miles (1,660 km) 1,270 miles (2,040 km) with ferry tanks
Service ceiling: 54,000 ft[18] (16,000 m) Max ceiling >70,000 ft
Rate of climb: 20,000 ft/min (100 m/s)
Wing loading: 76 lb/ft² (370 kg/m²)
Thrust/weight: 0.78

Armament
Guns: 2 × 30 mm (1.18 in) ADEN cannon
Hardpoints: 2 × under-fuselage for mounting air-to-air missiles, 2 x overwing pylon stations for 260 gal ferry tanks
Missiles: 2 x De Havilland Firestreak or 2 × Hawker Siddeley Red Top

The Restoration