Lightning Twilight Rolling Reheat Run
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By 148 Sqn Website - 148 (Barnsley) Squadron
On the 7th of November cadets from 148 (Barnsley) squadron and also 23 (South Elmsall) Squadron travelled to Bruntingthorpe Air Museum, which is home to The Lightning Preservation Group among many other things. Bruntingthorpe has become something of a mecca for classic jets with examples of the Handley Page Victor, English Electric Canberra, De Havilland Comet, TS-11 Iskra, Folland Gnat, Blackburn Buccaneer, L-29 Delphin, Dassault Mystere and Hawker Hunter all being preserved here at the Cold War Jets Collection.
We were there for the Lightning Twilight Rolling Reheat Run. The Lightning is an aircraft with class with a fiery temperament and overwhelming roar, it is perhaps the most charismatic of all of the British classic jets. Two Lightning F6s were brought out of the hanger ready to do their taxi runs in the sunset. We were all ready with our ear defenders and cameras! Once the aircraft set off they exploded into to full reheat which is something to behold with not only the spectacular reheat flames but the physical rumble which not only shakes the ground but also seemingly all your internal organs!
As well as watching the Lightning we also had a looked round various different aircraft. Even though I have visited bruntingthorpe a few times I always learn something new about the resident aircraft.
The Lightning Twilight Event was such an amazing experience and one that I will never forget. It was another great experience for all who attended and of course this was made possible by the staff who organised it.
For more information please visit the Squadron website