Welcome to the official website of XS456 BAC/English Electric Lightning T.5. Amongst the pages of this website you will find everything there is to know and see about this individual iconic Cold War Jet aircraft. The sole purpose of this website is to not only to document the history of this aircraft, but also the restoration, preservation, and conservation of her as well. Running alongside this website is our social media platform, in the form of Facebook and Instagram. On both these platforms you can get a more up to date report on what is happening, when it happens.
The restoration of XS456 began in late June 2015 with an initial inspection of her condition, both externally and internally. Upon completion of this it was decide that the project was achievable, and work began in mid-July 2015. Initially protecting her from the elements and making her stable are the main objectives, but as time goes on this will switch from protection to restoration and finally preservation. The end goal of the project is to have her looking as close as possible to her original service condition.
The restoration of this aircraft is a long-term project to which the owners (Skegness Airfield), have committed to and will continue to be until the aircraft has been safely preserved for the next generation to enjoy. A team of experienced and committed individuals has been put in place to help achieve this goal, so the sky is the limit. The restoration is expected to take a number of years to complete, so we hope you'll enjoy seeing the results of our work as and when it takes place. Should you wish to keep more up to date with our progress, then please click on the Facebook icon opposite.
Both personal visits and photography are permitted but only by prior arrangement, this is due to the aircraft’s secure location on the airfield. Should you wish to visit XS456 then please fill in the form on the "Contact Us" page, or alternatively you can contact us via our Facebook page to make arrangements and we will do our best to accommodate you.
If anyone can contribute to this website either in the form of text, images or even stories, 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.
Thank you for taking the time to view our website and we hope to see you soon!