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Adam Smith
Young Eagles Pilot or VolunteerHomebuilder or Craftsman
#1 Posted: 10/26/2009 17:41:44 Modified: 10/26/2009 17:43:08

Would be very cool to see this fly in the USA.


Hal Bryan
#2 Posted: 10/27/2009 08:54:39

I used to see this one on static at the Olympic Flight Museum in Olympia, WA, and hoped that they'd get it back in the air one day, but they're no longer listing it as part of their collection. Maybe it'll go to Hancock for spares?


Here's some home video of a Lightning 4-ship display in South Africa, the only flying Lightnings that I'm aware of. You can even fly one if you've got an extra ~60,000 Rand or so ... biggrin

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Anthony Pretorius
Young Eagles Pilot or VolunteerAirVenture Volunteer
#3 Posted: 11/20/2009 21:45:19

Currently the only flying Lightnings are at Thunder City, owned by Mike Beachy Head, based out of Cape Town International Airport in South Africa. Sadly they lost a T.5 recently with loss of pilot Dave Stock.

here is a link: http://www.capeargus.co.za/index.php?fArticleId=5245754

A tragic loss for the Lightning community. These are rare jets indeed, only 3 now flying in the world. By the way, South Africa never operated Lightnings, they ended up in Cape Town because of the bureaucratic difficulties of flying them privately in the UK.

If you got money to burn, head on down to Thunder City, they will also fly you in the awsome Hawker Siddley Buccaneer and Hawker Hunter or the more sedate BAC Strikemaster. Can't wait to see the restored one flying in the USA and Airventure.