Bio: Russell Carpenter
Right from the age of 14 I dreamt about owning a Lightning.
My first opportunity came in October 1994 when I bought an F2 Cockpit (XN769) which I had in my garden in South East London for 7 years until I donated to the Malta Aviation museum in April 2001.
In October 2001 I bought XS458 from Tony Hulls which made my dream come true and that I owned an iconic piece of British Aviation Heritage. I realised then that I must preserve this wonderful aircraft for the next person because one day she will fly again!