The original plan had been to pull XR713 on account of it having no engines or fuel, however due to the fact that that aircraft had been delayed following a repaint, plans changed and the Lightning in question was now XR728, which in addition to having both engines installed had an amount of fuel on board as well and of course hydraulic oil etc. making it a dead weight of 20 tonnes.
With about 15 cadets, the task was not going to be an easy one and the following pictures show how progress was made and the effort required.
There was time for taking pictures and have pictures taken and the weather was kind also.
The Lightning Preservation Group kindly presented every cadet with a couple of bookmarks with Lightnings on them.
|Safety briefing before the pull|
|Time to go and do some pulling|
|The lads and lasses line up before the big pull|
|Officers and Cadets of the Rugby 29F Squadron Air Training Corps|
|Under the watchful eyes of Richard Norris|
|Getting the momentum going, not as easy as it might seem...but then it is 20 tonnes|
|Are some of them slacking off?|
|Any surface can be used for pushing and what effort it takes|
|Once the momentum has been achieved it is a short downhill stretch|
|Having a rest before the return journey|
|Right fit for the tight cockpit|
|Starting on the second leg|
|Always pushing from behind the wheels|
|Regaining momentum after a slow down|
|With a little help from some friends XR728 is on the home straight|
|LPG's Richard Norris explains some of the visible parts of the Lightning|