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............................................

Lightning F6 - 11 SqnLightning F6 XR773 - 11 SqnLightning F6 11 Sqn flight lineLightning F6's - 11 SqnLightning F3 XP764 - LTFLightning F6 XP693 - British AerospaceLightning T5 XS456 - LTFLightning F3 XP764 - LTF Lightning F6 XP693 - British ArerospaceLightning F6 XP693 - British AerospaceLightning T5 XS456 - LTFLightning F6 flight line - 11 Sqn

Let the display begin............................................

Lightning F6 XR728 - LTFLightning F6 - 11 SqnLightning F6 XR754 - 11 SqnLightning F6 - 11 SqnLightning F6 XS903 - 11 SqnLightning F6 - 11 SqnLightning F6 XR770 - 5 SqnLightning F6 - 11 SqnLightning F6Lightning F6Lightning F6Lightning F6Lightning F6 Diamond NineLightning F6 Diamond Nine 2Lightning F6 Diamond Nine 3Lightning F6 Diamond Nine 4Lightning F6Lightning F6Engine start up - Lightning F3 solo

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PLEASE NOTE: I retain copyright to all photographs on this site. Should you require to use any then please contact me first. Thank you.

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