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The work before the party! The port side of XS458 was painted to commerate the first flight of XG760 some 50 years before, in August 1954.

 

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The start of our celebration day. XS458 sits in glorious sunshine, ready to show off her paces in front of invited guests. August 2004.
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A lovely side profile of the 50th colour scheme. The 'Lightning' wording on the nose was loosely base on Lightnings shown at Farnborough in the 50's.
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With both engines running, chocs are ready to be pulled. Pilot for this trip was the late Wing Commander, Brian Carrol.
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Brian Carrol taxying XS458 to Cranfields runway 01 for the start of the first 'thunder run' of the day.

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Brian Carrol opening up the throttles! XS458 is about to do what every Lightning is famous for, producing excessive noise and blistering acceleration.
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The late Jimmy Dell taxying back in XS458. A little further along the taxiway the assembled television crews lined up to hear from this legendary test pilot.
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Following a faultless circuit around Cranfield, the EE P1, XG760;s first flight is well remembered.
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Blazed in August sunshine, XS458 posed by the public restaurant so the onlookers could join in the celebrations of the day.
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Brian Carrol bring home XS458 and Jimmy Dell. Unfortunately, this was the last trip that both gentlemen would experience in a two seat Lightning, as sadly Brain and Jimmy sircomed to cancer.
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Our guest of honour Jimmy Dell in the 'office'. Throughout the day Jimmy recounted stories and anecdotes of his Lightning career. A true gentleman indeed.
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XS458 nearing the end of its first run of the day. The following run would be piloted by Sqn. Ldr. Dennis Brookes.
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A fine late afternoon shot of XS458 taken on the 12th August 2004. The work to spray on the celebration colours was well worth it. Standing proudly is Lightning fan and ex-owner Tony Hulls.
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Another study of the 50th anniversary colours. The silver streak going up the tail depicts E.E. P1, WG760 which terminates with a side profile of the P1 itself.
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End of the day, end of an era! XS458 awaits the next celebration.......her own 40th.

 

 

 

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