Here is a great insight into how to keep a Lightning T5 flying.
ShortFinal TV speak with Chief Engineer Johann Rosenstrauch and find out about the process of restoring ZU-BBD to full flying condition
The Ex 56 Squadron English Electric Lightning T5 is the only aircraft of it’s type flying in the world. The film covers each step of the restoration of this supersonic jet fighter from the Cold War era – right through to its test flight. It first flew on 30th June 1965.
“The aircraft flew perfectly in every way.”
Pilot and owner Mike Beachy Head flew his Lightning on the 14th January 2014 making it the only airworthy Lightning currently flying.
Mike used to run this type of aircraft for passenger flights until November 2009.