The Lightning was a high performance supersonic interceptor designed to defend Britain against nuclear armed bombers. They began entering service in 1960 and were phased out between 1974 and June 1988.
The Lightning F.3 was a development of earlier versions of the Lightning. It had improved radar, more powerful engines and could be armed with the new Red Top missiles, but its cannon armament was removed.
As a result of the more powerful engines it was given a larger, clipped tail.
The first F.3 flew on 16 June 1962 and 70 were manufactured.
A further 16 F.3As, externally similar to the later F.6, were also made.
The F.3 had a short service life, due to defence spending cut backs and replacement by more advanced Lightning F.6s.
This model represents Lightning F.3 XP696 of 2T Squadron (226 OCU), RAF, at Coltishall in July 1974.
Trumpeter 1/72 kit with Model Alliance and kit decals completed by Leigh Edmonds in February 2015.