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The MoD is having a yard sale!

There is all matter of drivel like regimental kilts but this is my baby.

Now all we gotta figure is how to get it to Manchester and where to get a brace of Rolls Royce Avons. Probably need a bit more work but I have a set of posidrives…

As it’s the T5 there is a second seat so there is every opportunity to get that legacy by scaring your maiden aunt to death.

9 Comments

  1. Nelsontouch says:

    Oh yes please. Just to sit in. And imagine a vertical ride to 88,000 feet and surprising the U2 pilots . . .

  2. MickC says:

    Fantastic bit of kit!

    Always remember the Lightning from airshows our family went to when I was a child-brilliant.

  3. Nelsontouch says:

    I know I saw something take off at Farnborough in 1958 (I was seven) and go straight up. Like to think it was a Lightning.

    That was when the Black Arrows were performing in Hunters. About 12 of them (or so it seemed) did a Bomb-Burst with smoke. Never forgot it.

    That might have been the time when 22 of them looped in a single formation. But I can’t prove it. Phenomenal control.
    We’ll never see such days again.

  4. Red Admiral says:

    Saw a Lightning do that vertical climb when I was a kid – of all places at Liverpool Airport. The noise! Was offered a flight in the two-seater many years later. But was turned down as too tall – apparently the ejector seat would have left my knees behind.

  5. Pogo says:

    My ex-wife’s cousin was one of the RAF test pilots for the Lightning… I thought he was “just” a maths teacher when I first met him (he’d retired from the RAF by then) and it was only after we’d started nattering about aeroplanes and I said to him something along the lines of “you seem to really know your stuff” that he, rather shyly, told me what he used to do for “a living”..!! Lucky Bastard! :-)

  6. Surreptitious Evil says:

    There’s always the Lynx simulator for the less adventurous.

  7. Kevin B says:

    So a young kid was riding his bike down the Farnborough Road with his mates and as they passed the Swan Inn, the Black Arrows zoomed over their heads at very low altitude doing their thing at the Farnborough Air Show.

    Fifty odd years later and I’ve still got the scar on my knee.

    If you look at the link for the Swan, you can page through the gallery and find the pic of a Lightning T5 which sits prettily by the road next to the car park.

    The pub had been sitting there happily entertaining the locals with darts, skittles and cock fighting for years , when some bloody yank tied his plane to a tree out the back prior to making the first flight in Britain, and before you know it, theyve built a bloody airfield and the roof tiles of the pub are being rattled by Lightnings, Viggens, Raptors and Concordes giving the old afterburners full wack.

  8. John Galt says:

    Unfortunately, the sale of the ex-military equipment is usually conditional upon you NOT returning them to working condition, otherwise we would see bits like this shuffled off to Zimbabwe and reconditioned to create a cut price air force.

  9. NickM says:

    John Galt,
    Even worse. When the USN scrapped the F-14 Tomcat they wrecked almost all off them despite huge numbers of people wanting them on static display because of the fear the Iranians would get hold of them for spares. Tragic. Trivia: Grumman had wanted to call a ‘plane “Tomcat” since the ’30s but it took the ’70s before the USN didn’t deem the name “obscene”.

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