English Electric Lightning F.53, 53-686


One of thirty four aircraft built for the Royal Saudi Air Force, this example was first flown on 11th June 1968 and was in a static display at that years Farmborough air show. Delivery to Saudi Arabia took place on 17th April 1969 where it entered service with 2 Squadron at Khamis Mushayt Air Base as 53-686. Having been replaced by the F-15 Eagle, the Lightnings were returned to the UK in 1986 to an uncertain future. Having spent some time with a dealer of surplus military equipment, 53-686 (ZF592) was bought by a local enthusiast at the end of 2001. In February 2002 the aircraft arrived at the museum in kit form and is currently nearing the end of its rebuild.

Note:- Although the main fuselage and nose section are from ZF592, the wings are from its sister aircraft 53-700 (ZF589).