Welcome to the home of arguably the most well known of all the lightning’s ever built, XN728 Lightning F.2a. Or as most of you will better know it, the ‘A1’ Lightning at Balderton, Newark.
While sadly the complete airframe could not be saved, thankfully the cockpit section was. But this alone was a mammoth task to anyone wanting to restore it. As many of you will have seen, the aircraft fell in to a dire state over many many years, with a lot of parts either being taken or vandalised. Even more damage was to be caused while being cut-up in the scrap yard, but nothing was deemed ‘beyond repair’. And so, the story of the phoenix rising from the ashes begins, and while she will never take to the skies again, she can be once again looked at again in awe.
This website is designed to run alongside the social media part of the cockpit restoration, to make the complete package with the Facebook and Twitter pages (links can be found at the bottom of every page). This website will be updated on a regular basis and new material will be added as and when we obtain it. All new additional material will be announced on the ‘Updates’ page.
If anyone can contribute to this website either in the form of text or images, then please feel free to get in touch. We are also always on the lookout for any original documents or items relating to the aircraft. This also includes any pilot logs/notes that have the aircraft listed.
Lastly may we thank you for all the support we have received so far and for your continued support of the restoration.