Photographs in this section are typical of these that can be taken on our Thunder run days. XS458 being prepped for her first run of the day. June 2011.
Basking in the Cranfield sun. A quiet moment before engine start.
A shot showing the width of the two seat Lightning cockpit.
With air-brakes and flaps still extended, pilot Sqn Ldr Dennis Brooks taxies XS458 back from the first run of the day.
XS458 enjoying the freedom of the runway! Spectacular photographs are obtained from the runways edge. June 2011.
A scene that was so typical of the 1960's as a 92 squadron Lightning comes into land. Actually Cranfield early June 2011.
Back-tracking along the runway after the high speed run, showing off the 111 squadron markings.
A lovely side profile of a T5 Lightning. This view shows the fine contours that went into the two seat cockpit design.
One very satisfied customer enjoying his ride in a Lightning.
XS458 turning onto the taxi way Echo. Sqn Ldr Dennis Brooks keeping air-brakes and flaps extended for the photographers.
The moment of light up as number two reheat kicks in. This was carried out after the second run for the benefit of the photographers.
Ground crew applying the two cockpit access ladders at the end of the static reheat run.
Wonderful shot of Lightning T5, XS458 in full reheat. Photo taken in May 2011 by John Stiles.
Taxying back. Another fine study taken by John Stiles as XS458 between runway and parking pan. May 2011.
Static shots are part of the photographers day as XS458 is positioned to give good back grounds to both sides showing the two squadron colours. John Stiles photo.
Another photo that could have been taken from yesteryear. John Stiles captured XS458 from the runways edge.
Taxying home! XS458 seen back-tracking after a high speed run. Taken by John Stiles in May 2011.
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