Brief history of XS456

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 its service life, XS456 travelled the world and suffered its fair share of incidents and accidents. But thankfully none were sufficient 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 'Z'. RAF Binbrook
21st February 1977 Assigned to LTF (LightningTraining Flight); re-coded 'T'. 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.


*Note: We are always on the lookout for more information on the aircraft. This can be in the form of documents, images, stories etc. We are also always on the lookout for any original parts for the aircraft itself. If you can help with any of these things, then please feel free to get in touch.

We are located at:

Skegness Airfield

Skegness Water Leisure Park

Walls Lane,




PE25 1JF.

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