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    XN774 Cockpit And A Panel I Found In The Shed

    Whilst rooting through my shed, i found a big rectangular inspection hatch cover , yellow paint on the inside, and the Letters XN774 .. I am guessing this is from The Lightning F2.A which was broken up a few years ago.. however.. I heard the cockpit was saved..ive had a search for a photo online, but not had much luck,

    There was however some very nice pics of her in service in the 1960s

    panel is about 2ft x 1ft dimensions .

    does anyone have any pics of the cockpit thats ,or was being restored ?. would love to see how its getting on,

    and wonder if the panel i have is of any use ?? to the cockpit owner ??..its a nice piece, being it has its number etched inside
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    Is it the panel in the pPicture Merkle??
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    No Peter .

    Sorry it is totally flat, not curved, I am going to have to dig it out arent i, and put a piccy up, give us a half hour, i will post a piccy
    Last edited by merkle; 19th April 2010 at 21:21.
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    it should have a nunber on the inside, i.e the yellow side, followed by an S or a P. that will narrow it down to exactly where it comes from.

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    I can't see any photo ?? ?

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    Hi yes it has 45P ... ( Port side ) ??

    and silver on the other side ..

    heres the pic...

    does anyone know how the pits coming along ?? would love to see a pic of that, I gather the rest is smashed up in a yard somewhere, after being used for fire practice back in the 1990s ?
    Last edited by merkle; 29th April 2011 at 20:01.
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    no1 engine hydraulic pump access panel. portside.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mjr View Post
    no1 engine hydraulic pump access panel. portside.
    Thanks MJR

    so this would be on the fuselage rear of the cockpit , which engine is No 1 ?
    top or bottom ?



    heres a link of Gutershloh Airshow, 1967, and theres a couple of nice pics, of her ,all nicely polished ,.. nay Gleaming

    http://www.sg-etuo.de/Squadrons/Airs...rlang=en#XN774
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    Thanks Mjr .. Nice pic...
    I must have been writing whilst you were posting, thankyou for showing me, now i can see just what it is ,

    is anything left of XN774 ??.. I am really keen to see if this cockpit survives,as ive seen the state of the main body through this forum, but none of the saved cockpit

    last heard of in lincolnshire,

    heres a pic of the wreck where my panel was fitted with a arrow to where it once sat , mystery solved, thanks to the forum, in next to no time, thanks Mjr
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    Merkle,


    I've had a dig but can't find them ATM, I was sent some pics of her as she is now, the cockpit tub was resurected from a few of the remaining frames and canopy assembly, the internals were pieced together from spares and it has become quite a respectable looking cockpit rig, all be it missing the skin!.

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    According to the net - XN774 F.2A Darren Swinn (cockpit only), Boston, Lincolnshire

    Also noted that Darren apparently runs THIS Binbrook website, so should make it straightforward to contact him?
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    binbrook74 on this forum used to own it, im sure he can tell you plenty

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    I seem to recall reading somewhere that what was left was buried under a big pile of gravel
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