The Last Last Lightning Show
This page contains some of my photo's taken during what became affectionately known as the 'Last Last Lightning Show' held at RAF Binbrook in August 1987.
The Lincolnshire base had for many years been the last operational lair for the Lightning in RAF service, utilised by Nos. 5 and 11 Squadrons and the Lightning Training Flight (LTF).
11 squadron continued to fly the Lightning for a short time after this show, finally retiring the type by May 1988.
The weather was appalling on the day itself but somehow that seemed to add to the occasion and helped to emphasise the raw power of the Lightning. The stream take off by the 11 F6's (included two spares) that then made up the 'diamond nine' formation will forever stick in my memory.
Due to the poor weather, some other display items were cancelled. To fill the void the spectators were treated to a second display by the solo Lightning F3 that had started the show. One of my pictures captures the engines being 'fired up' prior to the start of its 2nd display.
I do not consider all of these shots to be of my best quality especially when allowing for the poor lighting conditions in which they were taken. However, I hope the nostalgic nature of them reminds anyone who views them of a time when an 'airshow' was worthy of the name. Enjoy!!
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Some static shots taken before the flying started............................................
Let the display begin............................................
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