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British Aircraft Corporation Ltd (Preston Division)
Lightning T.55, Saudi Arabia production batch, 6 aircraft.

55-710; C/N 95020 (ex-XS460). ff 2-2-66. First T 55 7-3-67 crashed on landing at Warton in strong cross wind. Total hours flown 14h 53m.

55-711; G27-70; C/N 95024 ff R.P. Beamont 29-8-67 Samlesbury. Front fuselage built at Filton. To Coltishall for Saudi pilot training, 2-2-68 coded 'A'/'203'. To Saudi Arabia, 27-8-69, pilot R. Ingham, with 55-713, for Lightning Conversion Unit at Dhahran. Damaged, 13-3-71. Served LCU, 6 Squadron, 13 Squadron ('1315'), 2 Squadron ('234'), 14-1-86 returned to Warton as ZF597. Total hours flown 2484h 48m.

55-712; G27-71; C/N 95025 ff T.M.S. Ferguson 12-10-67 Samlesbury. Front fuselage built at Filton. Aircraft used to fly Japanese delegation (Col Yanada) at Warton, 29-11-67. To Coltishall for Saudi pilot training, coded 'B'/'207',15-2-68. To Saudi Arabia, pilot R. Ingham, with 55-714, 53-416 and 53-418, 11-7-69. Served with LCU, 6 Squadron. Crashed into Half Moon Bay 21-5-74 after inverted low-level pass over sand dunes. Col Ainousa and Lt Otaibi killed.

55-713; G27-72; C/N 95026 ff R.P. Beamont 16-11-67 Samlesbury. Front fuselage built at Filton. To Coltishall for Saudi pilot training, coded 'C'/'206',2-2-68. To Saudi Arabia via Akrotiri, pilot A. Love, with 55-711. 27-8-69. Served with LCU, 6 Squadron, 13 Squadron ('1316'), 2 Squadron ('235'). 14-1-86 returned to Warton fron Tabuk as ZF598. Total hours flown 2233h 30m.

55-714; G27-73; C/N 95027 ff R.P. Beamont and P. Millet 1-2-68 Samlesbury. Front fuselage built at Filton. To Coltishall for Saudi pilot training, coded 'D'/'212',23-3-68. To Saudi via Akrotiri, pilot A. Love, with 55-712, 53-416 and 53-418, 11-7-69. Served with LCU, 6 Squadron, 13 Squadron ('1317'), 2 Squadron ('231'). 22-1-86 returned to Warton as ZF595. Total hours flown 2370h 6m. Anglo-American Lightning Organisation (nose, spares use), Stennis International Airport, Hancock County, Mississippi, USA.

55-715; G27-74; C/N 95028 ff J. Cockburn and R.T. Stock 28-2-68 Samlesbury. Front fuselage built at Filton. To Saudi Arabia, 11-3-69, pilot R. Ingham. First aircraft of T 55 batch delivered to Saudi Arabia LCU. Served LCU, 6 Squadron ('305'/'205'), 2 Squadron ('220'/'233'). 22-1-86 returned to Warton as ZF596. Total hours flown 2053h 12m. Anglo American Lightning Organisation (fuselage - stored, spares use), Bruntingthorpe Aerodrome, Leicestershire. Lakes Lightnings (nose), Spark Bridge, Cumbria

55-716; G27-75; C/N 95030 ff T.M.S. Ferguson 14-7-69 Samlesbury. Front fuselage built at Filton. Replacement for 55-710 which crashed prior to delivery. To Saudi Arabia, 30-9-69, pilots J. Dell and D. Eagles. Served LCU ('E'), 2 Squadron ('219'/'230'). Grounded 7-84.

 

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