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Lightning Twilight Run -

Bruntingthorpe Airfield 12/11/22

 

The Lightning Preservation Group at Bruntingthorpe Airfield in Leicestershire,

once again, held a Twilight Run with their English Electric Lightning F.6 XS904/BQ as the chosen aircraft.

This was the first event at Bruntingthorpe for nearly 3 years due to the pandemic

& also the sale of most of the airfield, including the runway, so the

Twilight run was static only & restricted to the pan outside the Q-Shed,

but I have to say, it was great to be back there!

 

The event was restricted to 200 spectators, but proved so popular, with unprecidented demand,

that all the tickets were sold within the first 24 hours!

 

The Twilight Run was held to raise money for the Lightning Preservation Group.

 

The LPG has 3 English Electric Lightnings, XR728/JS & XS904/BQ, which are the F.6 variant,

and the third Lightning belonging to the group is the F.3 variant, XR713/XR718, which is the last uncut F.3.

This aircraft has a dual identity being XR713 on one side & XR718 on the other, with different markings on each side,

of the three Lightnings it is the only non-runner but is still kept in immaculate condition.

 

The LPG have managed to keep both XR728/JS & XS904/BQ practically airworthy for over 30 years, which is no mean feat

& both aircraft were apparently 100% serviceable on the day!

 

What a superb day it was. The weather was wall to wall blue sky all day & also during the Twilight Run.

Below are 44 images taken during the event :

German Air Force Lockheed F-104G Starfighter
German Air Force Lockheed F-104G Starfighter
German Air Force Lockheed F-104G Starfighter
German Air Force Lockheed F-104G Starfighter
German Air Force Lockheed F-104G Starfighter
English Electric Lightning F.3 XR713/XR718
English Electric Lightning F.6 XR728/JS
English Electric Lightning F.6 XS904/BQ
English Electric Lightning F.6 XS904/BQ
English Electric Lightning F.6 XS904/BQ
English Electric Lightning F.6 XS904/BQ
English Electric Lightning F.3 XR713/XR718
English Electric Lightning F.3 XR713/XR718
English Electric Lightning F.3 XR713/XR718
Lightning F.6 XS904/BQ & Pilot Dennis Brooks
English Electric Lightning F.6 XS904/BQ
English Electric Canberra B(I)8/B.6 MOD WT333
English Electric Lightning F.6 XS904/BQ
English Electric Lightning F.6 XR728/JS
English Electric Lightning F.6 XR728/JS
Lightning F3 XR713/XR718 & Lightning F.6 XR728/JS
English Electric Lightning F.6 XS904/BQ
Lightning F.6 XS904/BQ & Pilot Dennis Brooks
Lightning F.6 XS904/BQ & Pilot Dennis Brooks
English Electric Lightning F.6 XR728/JS
English Electric Lightning F.3 XR713/XR718
English Electric Lightning F.3 XR713/XR718
English Electric Canberra B(I)8/B.6 MOD WT333
English Electric Canberra B(I)8/B.6 MOD WT333
English Electric Lightning F.6 XS904/BQ
English Electric Lightning F.6 XS904/BQ
English Electric Lightning F.6 XS904/BQ
English Electric Lightning F.6 XS904/BQ
English Electric Lightning F.6 XS904/BQ
English Electric Lightning F.6 XS904/BQ
English Electric Lightning F.6 XS904/BQ
English Electric Lightning F.6 XS904/BQ
English Electric Lightning F.6 XS904/BQ
English Electric Lightning F.6 XS904/BQ
English Electric Lightning F.6 XS904/BQ
English Electric Lightning F.6 XS904/BQ
English Electric Lightning F.6 XS904/BQ
English Electric Lightning F.6 XS904/BQ
English Electric Lightning F.6 XS904/BQ

 

All images copyright İRoger Whitcomb 2022 - www.milairpix.com

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