2x Rolls-Royce Avon 306c after burning turbojets giving 14,430 lbs of thrust
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 Having been replaced by the F-15 Eagle, the Lightnings were returned to the UK in 1986 to an uncertain future.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).