Cold War Jets

Sunday 25th May 2014

Bruntingthorpe Aerodrome Lutterworth LE17 5QS, Admission: £15, OAPs and disabled: £10, Accompanied under 16s Free.

Ian Black signing copies of his revised book 'Last of the Lightnings', in the Q-Shed.

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Please print your PayPal receipt as a ticket, you do not need a PayPal account to book this way.

You can also book by sending a cheque payable to LPG enclosing a SAE.

Send cheque with stamped address envelope to:
Chris Norris, Linford House, Newark Road, Coddington, Newark, Notts. NG24 2QF.
Any queries please phone-07970 390878.

Funds are urgently needed to buy F3 XR713 from Leuchars.

Donate here to bring XR713 from Leuchars to Wattisham

This is is the last uncut F3, and it is planned to dismantle and reassemble at Wattisham. The Wattisham Station Heritage have a Hardened Aircraft Shelter allocated to preserve this aircraft, alongside their Phantom and Hunter. This is very much XR713's spiritual home, having spent much of her life at RAF Wattisham with 111 Sqn.

All donors will receive a certificate of their contribution, and those of £50 and over will receive an invitation to its official rollout.

Fantastic response at the Twilight Run, when £1700 was donated. We now have £2,800, which makes the overall Wattisham fund very healthy. Please keep donating!

Please donate as generously as you can via the link below, or send cheques payable to Wattisham Airfield Museum to,
Chris Norris
12 Newark Rd,
Notts. NG24 2QF.

In the event of the appeal being unsuccessful, all monies will be returned.

Colin Collis's Photo Shoot

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The Lightning Preservation Group

We are a group of enthusiasts based at Bruntingthorpe airfield Nr Leicester who are dedicated to maintaining two of the last few remaining English Electric LIGHTNING aircraft in fully functional condition.

Lightning Preservation Group

LPG members and friends in front of XS904, the World's last Lightning to make a military flight.

RAF Wattisham Q-SHED - Rebuild complete but funds still needed

RAF Wattisham Q-Shed - Bruntingthorpe airfield

They protected you now you protect them!

QRA Hangers Bruntingthorpe

The re-erection of the RAF Wattisham QRA Shed is 100% complete thanks to the generosity of our supporters. All our donor's names are recorded on our Contributors Board in the hangar.

However the building still has to be fitted out with storyboards telling the Cold War and Lightning histories. Added to this we have ongoing challenge to keep both Lightnings in fully functional condition.

We have therefore decided to invite existing contributors to top up their donation at any time and at the same time invite new donors to the scheme whereby we will commission an new name, to be permanently displayed in the hangar, for a minimum of a £50 donation. You will be in good company as the likes of Wg Cdr Roland "Bee" Beamont are recorded. The specified name can be of your choice and we have a number of names "In memory of" which is a fitting way to remember a loved one or colleague.

If you have the time, then please attend one of the Open Days. If you wish to make a donation, any amount, large or small is most welcome. If you wish to pay by cheque please make payment to "LPG" enclosing a SAE and send to:

Richard Norris, 2 Spring Hill, Little Staughton, Beds, MK44 2BS (tel: 01234 378827). An SAE would be appreciated.

Cockpit Tours

Want to see the "Office"? Come to an Open Day and sit in it yourself!

Cockpit Tours

Website Equiries

After reading our website if you have any specific question please send us your enquiry

With regard to enquiries about PUBLIC MEMBERSHIP SCHEMES, please be advised that at the present time we do not have one.

Please click link if you would like to make a donation

After the Twilight Run on Saturday 9th November we found a black digital camera on the grass. It contains shots of the evening event, and if its yours could you contact us with identification.

Dates for your diary

  • Sunday 25th May - Cold War Jets Spring Open Day
  • TBA July - LPG Lightning 60th Anniversay Day
  • Sunday 24th August - Cold War Jets Late Summer Open Day
  • Saturday 1st November - LPG Twilight Run


Fantastic new exclusive Lightning DVD contains unique on board footage of the Lightning Scramble Runs.
To order click here.

Lightnings at Binbrook Vol 15 DVD and Lightnings at Binbrook Vol 16 DVD

Two new DVD's

Lightnings at Binbrook Vol 15. Featuring Exercise Elder Forest April 1988.

Lightnings at Binbrook Vol 16. 11 Sqn 9-Ship April 88, plus Exercise Hammer
May 88.

New Q-Shed Scramble photos by David Evans

Click here to view photos

LPG eStore Latest offer

Empire of the Clouds

The story of when Britain's aircraft ruled the World. Price per copy £25 inc p&p.

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More books


The Lightning Boys 2

Lightning Boys 2 - More true tales from pilots and crew of the English Electric Lightning - Richard Pike

We are fortunate to be able to offer a limited quantity of signed copies by ex-Lightning pilots.

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The Lightning Boys

We have managed to obtain the last few copies of the "Lightning Boys" intial print run. Price per copy £25 inc p&p.

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Special Offers

  • Lightning F6
    Desk Model

    Originally available from Royal Hampshire and out of production for many years the LPG has re-commissioned this quality model. Length 9cm x 6.5cm wingspan x 6.5cm high including stand.

  • Lightning F6, Binbrook Flagship, XR 728/JS, LTF

    This limited edition model of our jet includes an exclusive card signed by Group Captain John Spencer, XR728's pilot and RAF Binbrook Station Commander.

  • Lightning F6, XR770/AA,
    5 Sqn, 1987

    We are down to the last few of this limited edition model.


  • Stewart Scott: English Electric Lightning-Volume 2

    English Electric Lightning by Stewart Scott. "The Lightning Force", Volume 2 of the definitive history of the Lightning. Our stocks are very low.

  • English Electric Lightning by Tim McLelland

    Published July 2009 by Ian Allan. 224 pages with colour and B/W photos.


  • Lightnings at Warton
    Vol 1

  • Lightnings at Warton
    Vol 2

  • Lightnings at Binbrook
    Vol 13

  • Lightnings at Binbrook
    Vol 14