The service life of XS456 began in December 1965 and spanned a total of nearly 23 years, before finally being sold-off in July 1988. During it's service life, XS456 travelled the world and suffered it's fair share of incidents and accidents. But thankfully none were sufficient enough for XS456 to be grounded and scrapped.
Below you will find a brief history of her main movements and the squadrons she once graced the sky with:
|26th October 1965||First Flight (T.M.S. Ferguson)|
|21st December 1965||Assigned to No.56 Sqn; coded 'A'. RAF Wattisham|
|January 1969||Re-coded 'X'|
|17th February 1974||Assigned to No. 11 Sqn; coded 'T'. RAF Binbrook|
|21st February 1977||Assigned to LTF (Lightning Training Flight); re-coded 'Z'. RAF Binbrook|
|November 1980||Re-coded 'DT'|
|7th April 1986||Re-coded 'DX'|
|18th June 1987||Final Flight|
|27th April 1988||Struck off charge and put up for tender|
|13th July 1988||Sold to T.A. Smith & Co|
|20th July 1988||Moved from RAF Binbrook to TASCO, then on to Elms Golf Club, Wainfleet|
|June 2010||Sold to Skegness Airfield|
|9th July 2010||Moved from Elms Golf Club to Skegness Airfield, Skegness Water Leisure Park|
With being a training aircraft many a fast jet pilot has flown her. The most notable names to date are: Ian Black, Dennis Brooks, Clive Rowley, Pete Boothroyd. But we are always trying to trace former pilots. So if you can help with this please get in touch.