XS456 Lightning T.5

Welcome to the official website of XS456 located at Skegness Airfield

Amongst the pages of this website, you will find everything there is to know about this individual iconic Cold War aircraft. The sole purpose of this site is to not only document her history, but also the restoration, preservation, and conservation. Running alongside this site we also have a presence on social media (top left), where you can get more real-time updates on our progress.

The restoration began in late June 2015 with an initial inspection of the condition of the airframe, both internally and externally. Upon completion of this the decision was made that the project aims were achievable, and work began in mid-July. Initially, protecting her from the elements and moving her in to a more stable position. As time went on the focus moved from protection to restoration and eventually conservation. The end goal of the project is to have her looking as close as possible to her original service condition.

The owners of XS456 (Skegness Airfield) have committed too and will continue to commit to the project until the she has been successfully preserved for the next generation to enjoy. A team of experienced and committed individuals have been put in place with the aim of achieving this goal. The project is expected to take several years to complete but will continue well after the main aims have been achieved.

Both personal visits and photography are permitted but only by prior arrangement. This is due to her location within an active airfield. Should you wish to arrange a visit, then please contact us via either this page or one of our social media platforms and we will do our best to accommodate you.

If anyone can contribute to any of the information contained within this site in the form of stories, text or images then please get in touch. We are also always on the look-out for any original documents or items relating to her. This includes any pilot notes/logs that have her listed.

Thank you for taking the time to view our website and we hope to see you soon!

© Copyright. 2015 - 2021 XS456 Lightning T.5, All rights reserved.