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Update on the restoration of our English Electric Lightning ZF580.


On Monday 5th Feb 2018 our EE Lightning left us. Not for long though. The aircraft was about to undergo a professional restoration to a museum quality static exhibit. The reason being that the aircraft is going to be on display at the prestigious RAF Cosford Air Show 2018 and join a list of iconic aircraft that defended our skies over the years. It’s the RAF 100 years anniversary this year.

The restoration is being carried out at St. Athan by GJD Services. The aircraft will then be displayed in June at Cosford – before making it’s way straight back to us for display here in Newquay.

The progress on the restoration has been remarkable. Just over one month after being loaded onto two HGVs the aircraft is assembled – and almost ready for the repaint.

More updates will follow. But it’s a great sight to see this iconic and rare aircraft being brought back to life – not defending our skies this time. But to educate this (and future generations) of the amazing technology from the 1950s.

We will have the Lightning displayed here at Newquay from the start of July. Please keep a close eye on our facebook, twitter or website for updates.L2 L1 L3