English Electric Lightning T. Mk5 ZU-BBD

We are delighted to be acting on behalf of Thunder City Aircraft Company (Pty) Limited in the sale of their fleet of Hunters, Buccaneers and Lightnings.

ZU-BBD is one of three Lightnings we have listed and is a two-seat T. Mk5 version of this famous Cold War interceptor.


Aircraft Type: Lightning T. Mk5

Registration: ZU-BBD

Service Registration: XS452


Built: 30/6/65


Service: "452" 226 OCU, "T" 11 Sqd, "X" 111 Sqd, "X" 56 Sqd, Akrotiri Station Flight (Flamingo on PINK fin, pink-blue nose markings), used APC-detached UK Lightning squadrons, "Y" 11 Sqd ('C' Flt). First flight in dark green experimental camouflage.

LTF, lent 5 Sqd, "T" 11 Sqd, "Z" LTF, "DZ" LTF, "BT" 11 Sqd.


30/6/88 delivered to Cranfield and subsequently bought by Tony Hulls and restored. The Aircraft was fast taxied at Cranfield Airshow.


Bought by Mike Beacheyhead in South Africa and registered as ZU-BBD. The aircraft has been resprayed Gloss Black.

9th March 1999. XS452  flys in Cape Town, South Africa.

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Lightning T. Mk5 ZU-BBD

English Electric Lightning T.Mk 5