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British Aircraft Corporation Ltd (Preston Division)
Lightning F.53, Saudi Arabia Production batch, 33 aircraft.

53-666; C/N 95205; ex-XR722(F 6). ff 23-1-65. Modified to F 53 and first flight as such 19-10-66 serialled G27-2. 28-8-69 RSAF; served with 1 Squadron, 2 Squadron ('201'). 6-2-72 crashed while on loan to 6 Squadron. Total hours flown 364h.

53-667; G27-37; C/N 95272 ff T.M.S. Ferguson 13-7-67 Samlesbury. To Saudi Arabia, 20-9-68, pilot Flt Lt Mace; to Dhahran, 15-4-70, ex-storage; to No 2 Squadron 202; damaged in engine fire on ground, Dhahran, 15-4-73.Served with 2 Squadron ('202'), 13 Squadron ('1301'), 2 Squadron ('221'). 3-9-85 crashed 28 miles north of Tabuk after reheat fire.

53-668; G27-38; C/N 95273 ff R.P. Beamont 4-9-67 Samlesbury. To Saudi Arabia, 8-11-68, pilot P. Ginger, with 53-670. To Khamis Mushayt 21-6-72. Stored before issue to No 6 Squadron. Served with 6 Squadron, 2 Squadron ('201', then 'A'). 14-1-86 returned to Warton from Tabuk, non-stop as ZF577. Total hours flown 2071h 36m. Pinewood Film Studios (nose only?), Buckinghamshire.

53-669; G27-39; C/N 95274 ff J. Cockburn 12-9-67 Samlesbury. To Jeddah, 11-10-68, pilot R. Ingham, with 53-671. Served as reserve aircraft, stored at Riyadh for much of its life, 1971. 21-4-79 crashed near Tabuk after running out of fuel.

53-670; G27-40; C/N 95275 ff T.M.S. Ferguson 12-10-67 Samlesbury. To Jeddah, 8-11-68, pilot R. Ingham, with 53-668. Storage at Riyadh, 1971.Served with 2 Squadron ('202', then 'B'). 14-1-86 returned to Warton from Tabuk as ZF578. Total hours flown 1886h 18m. Tangmere Military Aviation Museum, Tangmere, West Sussex

53-671; G27-41; C/N 95276 ff J. Cockburn 2-11-67 Samlesbury. To Jeddah, 11-10-68, pilot P. Millet. To Dhahran, 1-71, No 2 Squadron 203 then 'C', 8-70. 14-1-86 returned to Warton from Tabuk as ZF579. Total hours flown 2119h 42m. Gatwick Aviation Museum, Charlwood, Surrey

53-672; G27-42; C/N 95277 ff R.P. Beamont 28-11-67 Samlesbury. Used for Kuwait demonstration on 7th flight. To Jeddah, 18-11-68, pilot R. Ingham, with 53-674. To Dhahran, 1-70. Served with LCU, 2 Squadron ('204', then 'D'). 14-1-86 returned to Warton from Tabuk as ZF580. Total hours flown 2304h 54m. BAE Systems (gate guard), Samlesbury, Lancashire. March 2013 dismantled due to 20 years of corrosion on it's plinth. BAE plan to use it to create moulds from and make replicas.

53-673; G27-43; C/N 95278 ff R.P. Beamont 4-12-67 Samlesbury. To Jeddah, 23-8-68, pilot R. Ingham, with 53-678. Storage at Riyadh, 9-71. Served as '302', then 2 Squadron ('205'). 22-9-80 collided with 53-680 and crashed, Khamis Mushayt.

53-674; G27-44; C/N 95279 ff T.M.S. Ferguson 12-12-67 Samlesbury. To Jeddah, 18-11-68, pilot Flt Lt Girdler, with 53-672. To Dhahran, 22-1-70, to 2 Squadron 205, 8-70. Crashed, 28-9-72, off coast of Bahrain. Abdul Jussef killed. Weather diversion.

53-675; G27-45; C/N 95280 ff R.P. Beamont 19-12-67 Samlesbury. To Jeddah, 16-9-68, pilot Flt Lt Anders, with 53-679. Storage at Riyadh, 4-71. Served with 2 Squadron ('206' then 'E'). 14-1-86 returned to Warton from Tabuk as ZF581. Total hours flown 1972h 42m. Bentwaters Cold War Museum, Bentwaters airfield, Suffolk

53-676; G27-46; C/N 95281 ff R.P. Beamont 15-1-68 Samlesbury. To Jeddah, 20-9-68, pilot R. Ingham, with 53-667. Storage at Riyadh, 4-71. Served with 2 Squadron ('210', then 'G' then '207', then 'F'). 22-1-86 returned to Warton from Tabuk as ZF582. Total hours flown 1881h 24m. Bournemouth Aviation Museum, Hurn, Dorset.

53-677; G27-47; C/N 95282 ff P. Ginger 31-1-68 Samlesbury. To Jeddah, pilot P. Ginger 23-7-68, with 53-680.Storage at Riyadh, 4-71. Served with 2 Squadron ('208'). 4-9-83 crashed at night.

53-678; G27-48; C/N 95283 ff T.M.S. Ferguson 13-2-68 Samlesbury. Last F 53 built at Samlesbury. To Jeddah, 23-8-68, pilot P. Millet, with 53-673. Storage at Riyadh, 4-71. 21-4-79 crashed during sandstorm after running out of fuel.

53-679; G27-49; C/N 95284 ff T.M.S. Ferguson 4-3-68 Samlesbury. To Jeddah, 16-9-68, pilot P. Ginger, with 53-675, to Dhahran, 7-4-70; to 2 Squadron 206, 8-70; loaned to 6 Squadron, 2-72; transferred to 6 Squadron, 4-72. Served with 2 Squadron ('206'), 6 Squadron, 13 Squadron ('1302'), 2 Squadron ('220', then 'S'). 22-1-86 returned to Warton from Tabuk as ZF590. Total hours flown 2281h 36m. Lincair (fuselage), Binbrook, Lincolnshire. Matt Buddle (cockpit), Upwood, Cambridgeshire.

53-680; G27-50; C/N 95285 ff R.P. Beamont 18-3-68 Samlesbury. To Jeddah, 23-7-68, pilot R. Ingham, with 53-677; to Khamis Mushayt 21-6-72.Served with 6 Squadron ('305'). 22-9-80 destroyed in collision with 53-673.

53-681; G27-51; C/N 95286 ff R.P. Beamont 28-3-68 Samlesbury. To Jeddah, 1-7-68, pilot T.M.S. Ferguson, with 53-862. First true export Lightning delivery. To Khamis Mushayt, 7-9-72. Served with 6 Squadron ('306'), 2 Squadron ('210', then 'H'). 14-1-86 returned to Warton from Tabuk as ZF583. Total hours flown 1885h 6m. This was the last Lightning flown by R.P. Beamont before retiring from test flying Lightnings. Solway Aviation Society, Carlisle Airport, Cumbria

53-682; G27-52; C/N 95287 ff P. Millet 5-4-68 Samlesbury. To Jeddah, 1-7-68, pilot J. Cockburn, with 53-681. To Khamis Mushayt, 7-9-72 to 6 Squadron. 'Bird-strike' in 1974, resulting in new fin being fitted. Served with 6 Squadron ('307'), 2 Squadron ('211', then 'J'). 22-1-86 returned to Warton from Tabuk as ZF584. Total hours flown 1975h. Dumfries & Galloway Aviation Museum, South Gyle, Edinburgh, Scotland.

53-683; G27-53; C/N 95288 ff J.L. Dell 23-4-68 Samlesbury. To Saudi Arabia, 11-3-69, pilot A. Love. To Khamis Mushayt, 5-12-69; to Dhahran, 7-70. 2 Squadron 207, 9-70. Served with LCU, 2 Squadron ('207', then '212', then 'K'). 14-1-86 returned to Warton from Tabuk as ZF585. Total hours flown 2052h 18m.

53-684; G27-54; C/N 95289 ff T.M.S. Ferguson 10-5-68 Samlesbury. To Jeddah, 18-11-68, pilot J. Cockburn, with 53-689; to Dhahran, 25-1-70; to 2 Squadron 208, 8-70. Served with LCU, 2 Squadron ('208'), 13 Squadron ('1303'). Crashed on take-off from Dhahran 30-6-80. Displayed, Taif, Saudi Arabia

53-685; G27-55; C/N 95290 ff T.M.S. Ferguson 29-5-68 Samlesbury. To Saudi Arabia, 31-1-69, pilot P. Ginger, with 53-691; to Dhahran, 16-4-70; to 2 Squadron 209, 8-70. Served with LCU, 2 Squadron ('209'), 13 Squadron ('1304'), 2 Squadron ('222', then 'U'). 14-1-86 returned to Warton from Tabuk as ZF591. Total hours flown 2110h 24m.

53-686; G27-56; C/N 95291 G-AWON ff T.M.S. Ferguson 11-6-68 Samlesbury. Static display at 1968 Farnborough show as improved F 53 with large stores' array and in Queen's Award markings. To Saudi Arabia, 16/ 17-4-69, pilot R. Ingham, with 53-687and 53-688. To Khamis Mushayt. 7-12-69; to 2 Squadron 210, 8-70. Served with LCU, 2 Squadron('201'), 13 Squadron ('1305'), 2 Squadron ('223', then 'V'). 22-1-86 returned to Warton from Tabuk as ZF592. Total hours flown 2297h 12m.  City of Norwich Aviation Museum, Horsham St. Faith, Norfolk

53-687; G27-57; C/N 95293, G-AWOO ff P. Millet 5-7-68 Samlesbury. Flying display at 1968 Farnborough show, carried G-AWOO in plaque in cockpit but not externally. To Jeddah, 17-4-69, pilot D. Eagles, with 53-686 and 53-688. To Khamis Mushayt, 7-12-69; to 2 Squadron 5-70; to LCU, 8-70. Served with LCU, 2 Squadron ('F'), LCU, 13 Squadron ('1306'), 2 Squadron ('224'). Withdrawn from use, Tabuk, approx late 84. RSAF, Khamis Mushayt, Saudi Arabia

53-688; G27-58; C/N 95294 ff P. Ginger 12-7-68 Samlesbury. To Jeddah, 17-4-69, pilot Flt Lt Carrol, with 53-686 and 53-687. To Khamis Mushayt, 12-69; to 6 Squadron, 3-70.Served with LCU, 6 Squadron, 2 Squadron ('213', then 'L'). 22-1-86 returned to Warton as ZF586. Total hours flown 1938h 48m. Pinewood Film Studios (nose only?), Buckinghamshire.


53-689; G27-59; C/N 95295 ff P. Ginger 17-7-68 Samlesbury. To Jeddah, 18-11-68, pilot Flt Lt Craig, with 53-684. Storage at Riyadh, 4-71. Served with 2 Squadron ('J', then '214'). 27-7-84 crashed Tabuk. Total hours flown 1781h 12m.

53-690; G27-60; C/N 95296 ff T.M.S. Ferguson 20-8-68 Samlesbury. Crashed, 4-9-68, at Pilling (Fylde) after total control failure. J. Cockburn ejected safely. Fourth flight.

53-691; G27-61; C/N 95297 ff J. Cockburn 29-8-68 Samlesbury. To Jeddah, 31-1-69, pilot R. Ingham, with 53-685. Storage at Riyadh, 4-71. Served with 2 Squadron('215' then 'N'). 22-1-86 returned to Warton as ZF587. Total hours flown 1947h 24m. Mike Coleman, Lashenden Air Warfare Museum, Headcorn, Kent.

53-692; G27-62; C/N 95298 ff J. Cockburn 24-9-68 Samlesbury. To Jeddah, 17-4-69, pilot A. Love, with 53-686, 53-687 and 53-688. To Khamis Mushayt, 12-69; to 6 Squadron, 3-70; damaged at Khamis Mushayt, mid-1974, after engaging barrier. Served with 6 Squadron (experimental camouflage, coded 'L'), 13 Squadron ('1307'), 2 Squadron ('225' then 'X'). 22-1-86 returned to Warton as ZF593. Total hours flown 2130h 6m. Currently displayed at the Pima Air & Space Museum, Tuscon, Arizona, USA

53-693; G27-63; C/N 95300 ff T.M.S. Ferguson 9-10-68 Samlesbury. To Jeddah, 23-5-69, pilot A. Love, with 53-695, 53-415 and 53-417. To Khamis Mushayt, 3-12-69; to 2 Squadron, 7-70; to LCU, 8-70. Served with 2 Squadron ('L'), LCU, 2 Squadron ('216' then 'O'). 14-1-86 returnd to Warton as ZF588. Total hours flown 2005h 12m. East Midlands Aeropark, East Midlands Airport, Leicestershire

53-694; G27-64; C/N 95301 ff P. Millet 17-10-68 Samlesbury. To Jeddah, 3-6-69, pilot Flt Lt Molloand, with 53-696. To Khamis Mushayt, 3-12-69; to LCU 10-11-70. Cat 3 damage, 1-72, after engaging barrier. Flash fire, Dhahran, 18-4-73. 11-9-76 crashed near Khamis after spin.

53-695; G27-65; C/N 95302 ff J.L. Dell 30-10-68 Samlesbury. To Jeddah, 23-5-69, pilot R. Ingham, with 53-693,53-415 and 53-417. To 6 Squadron, 3-70; at Riyadh for modifications, 24-11-72. Served with 6 Squadron, 2 Squadron ('M' and '217'). 28-9-81 destroyed in Tabuk on training sortie.

53-696; G27-66; C/N 95303 ff J. Cockburn 14-11-68 Samlesbury. To Jeddah, 3-6-69, pilot R. Ingham, with 53-694. Cat 3 fire damage 9-7-69; stored until 11-70, then to LCU. Served with LCU, 13 Squadron ('1308'), 2 Squadron ('226' and 'Y'). 14-1-86 returned to Warton as ZF584. Total hours flown 2057h 6m. North East Aircraft Museum, Sunderland, Tyne & Wear

53-697; G27-67; C/N 95304 ff D. Eagles 29-11-68 Samlesbury. To Jeddah, 26-8-69, pilot P. Millet, with 53-419. Crashed, 3-5-70, near Yemeni border during reconnaissance after being hit by ground fire, pilot ejected, fate not known.

53-698; G27-68; C/N 95305 ff D. Eagles 18-12-68 Samlesbury. To Jeddah, 3-6-69, pilot A. Love, with 53-699; to Khamis Mushayt, 3-12-69; to 2 Squadron, 7-70; to LCU, 8-70. Served with 2 Squadron, LCU, 13 Squadron ('1309'), 2 Squadron ('219'). Withdrawn approx 84. RSAF Tabuk (gate guardian?), Saudi Arabia

53-699; G27-69; C/N 95306 ff J. Cockburn 23-12-68 Samlesbury. To Jeddah, 3-6-69, pilot Flt Lt Blatchford, with 53-698. To Khamis Mushayt, 12-69; to 6 Squadron, 3-70; to Riyadh for modification, 24-11-72. Served with 6 Squadron, 13 Squadron ('1310'), 2 Squadron ('227'). 8-85 installed on plinth at Tabuk, by BAe.

British Aircraft Corporation Ltd (Preston Division)
Lightning F 53, Saudi Arabia Production batch, one aircraft.

53-700; G27-223; C/N 95317 ff P. Ginger 29-6-72 Samlesbury. Last production Lightning, half-built airframe completed to replace 53-690, which crashed before delivery. To Saudi Arabia, 4-9-72. Non-stop to Khamis Mushayt (07.30 Warton, 14.30 Khamis Mushayt). To 6 Squadron. Served with 6 Squadron, 2 Squadron ('218', then 'Q'). 14-1-86 returned to Warton as ZF589. Total hours flown 2045h 6m.

British Aircraft Corporation Ltd (Preston Division)
Lightning F 53, Kuwait Production batch, 12 aircraft.

53-412; G27-80; C/N 95292 ff P. Millet 21-6-68 Samlesbury. To Jeddah, with 55-410, 18-12-68, pilot Flt Lt Malland. Coded 'C'. Stored early 80s. Kuwait International Airport, Kuwait

53-413; G27-81; C/N 95299 ff T.M.S. Ferguson 13-9-68 Samlesbury. To Jeddah, 25-3-69, pilot Sqn Ldr Crumbie, with 53-414. Coded 'E' SOC during 1975.

53-414; G27-82; C/N 95307 ff T.M.S. Ferguson 21-11-69 Samlesbury. To Jeddah, 25-3-69, pilot Flt Lt Brimson, with 53-413. Coded 'F'. Crashed, 10-4-71, on approach to airfield, into shanty town, three civilians killed, pilot Razzak died on way to hospital.

53-415; G27-83; C/N 95308 ff P. Millet 12-2-69 Samlesbury. To Jeddah, 23-5-69, pilot Capt Lopp CAF, with 53-417, 53-693 and 53-695. Coded 'H'. RKAFB Al Jaber (gate guardian), Kuwait

53-416; G27-84; C/N 95309 ff D. Eagles 25-2-69 Samlesbury. To Jeddah, 11-7-69, pilot Wing Commander Blucke, with 53-418, 55-712 and 55-714. Coded 'J'. Stored in 1969. RKAFB Al Jaber (gate guardian), Kuwait

53-417; G27-85; C/N 95310 ff J.L. Dell 14-3-69 Samlesbury. To Jeddah, 23-5-69, pilot Wing Commander Swart, with 53-415, 53-693 and 53-695. Coded 'K'. RKAFB Al Jaber (gate guardian), Kuwait

53-418; G27-86; C/N 95311 G-AXEE ff D. Eagles 25-4-69 Samlesbury. Appeared at Paris Salon 1969 as G-AXEE and '512'. To Jeddah, 11-7-69, pilot Flt Lt Pengelly, with 53-416, 55-712 and 55-714. Coded 'L'. Educational Science Museum, Kuwait City, Kuwait

53-419; G27-87; C/N 95312 G-AXFW ff P. Ginger 20-5-69 Samlesbury. To Jeddah, 26-8-69, pilot Flt Lt Fawcett, with 53-697. Coded 'M'. Destroyed 2-8-71 at Rezayat, in take-off accident. Lt Nasser unhurt. Total hours flown 84h 15m.

53-420; G27-88; C/N 95313 ff P. Millet 8-5-69 Samlesbury. To Kuwait International Airport 19-7-69, via Akrotiri, Turkey and Iran, pilot Sqn Ldr Durham, with 53-412. Coded 'N'. Written off in accident, details not known. Kuwait Technology Institute, Kuwait

53-421; G27-89; C/N 95314 ff P. Millet 18-6-69 Samlesbury. To Kuwait International Airport 19-7-69 via Akrotiri, Turkey and Iran, pilot Flt Lt Nicholls, with 53-420. Coded 'O'. Air Museum, Kuwait International Airport, Kuwait

53-422; G27-90; C/N 95315 ff J. Cockburn 18-8-69 Samlesbury. To Jeddah, 4-12-69, pilot Flt Lt Bedwin, via Akrotiri. Coded 'P'. RKAFB Ali Al Salem (gate guardian), Kuwait

53-423; G27-91; C/N 95316 ff J. Cockburn 11-9-69 Samlesbury. To Jeddah, 3-12-69, pilot Flt Lt Jackson, via Akrotiri. Coded 'R'.  RKAFB Ali Al Salem (gate guardian), Kuwait

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