Thunder & Lightnings

English Electric Lightning

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Production Aircraft

XM192 profile

F.1A XM192 of 111 Squadron, RAF Wattisham, 1961; author
Standard F.1A configuration; small belly tank, upper nose guns, short cable duct, rounded fin
Overall natural metal

XM165 profile

F.1 XM165 of 74 Squadron, RAF Leconfield, 1962; author
Standard F.1 configuration; small belly tank, upper nose guns, no cable duct, rounded fin
Overall natural metal, black spine and fin, white Firestreaks

XM176 profile

F.1A XM176 of 56 Squadron ('Firebirds' display team), RAF Wattisham, 1963; author
Missile-only F.1A configuration; small belly tank, no guns, short cable duct, rounded fin
Overall natural metal

XP746 profile

F.3 XP746 of 56 Squadron, RAF Wattisham, 1965; author
Standard F.3 configuration; small belly tank, no guns, long cable duct, squared off fin
Overall natural metal, red spine and fin with white check pattern and nose flashes - the ultimate in Lightning schemes!

XN728 profile

F.2A XN728 of 92 Squadron, RAF Gütersloh, 1974; author
Standard F.2A configuration; large belly tank, upper nose guns, short cable duct, square fin, kinked wings
Dark green topsides with low vis national markings, natural metal undersides

XR753 profile

F.6 XR753 of 23 Squadron, RAF Leuchars, 1975; author
Standard F.6 configuration; large belly tank with guns, long cable duct, square fin, kinked wings
Overall natural metal, white spine and fin, dark grey Red Tops

XR726 profile

F.6 XR726 of 5 Squadron, RAF Binbrook, 1976; author
Standard F.6 configuration; large belly tank with guns, long cable duct, square fin, kinked wings
Overall natural metal, white spine panel, light grey overwing tanks, dark grey Red Tops

XR773 profile

F.6 XR773 of 5 Squadron, RAF Binbrook, 1983; author
Standard F.6 configuration; large belly tank with guns, long cable duct, squared off fin
Dark green and Dark Sea Grey topsides, natural metal undersides

XP749 profile

F.3 XP749 of 11 Squadron, RAF Binbrook, 1984; author
Standard F.3 configuration; small belly tank, no guns, long cable duct, squared off fin
Dark Sea Grey and Medium Sea Grey with natural metal belly tank and part of fuselage sides

XR770 profile

F.6 XR770 of 5 Squadron, RAF Binbrook, 1987; author
Standard F.6 configuration; large belly tank with guns, long cable duct, squared off fin
5 Squadron OC's aircraft in overall Medium Sea Grey and Barley Grey with red leading edges, fin and spine and partially natural metal belly tank

XS904 profile

F.6 XS904 of the Lightning Preservation Group, Bruntingthorpe, 2009; author
F.6 missile only configuration; large belly tank without guns, long cable duct, square fin, kinked wings
Dark green and Dark Sea Grey topsides, natural metal undersides