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.
One of the airfields at which the RAF based Lightnings was Leuchars on the east coat of Scotland. From it they regularly intercepted Russian flight towards British airspace.
In addition, Lightning squadrons visited Leuchars for month long target training provided by the Leuchars Target Facility Flight.
Lightning XS895 also flew from Leuchars in 1974 as a base aeroplane, painted in colours similar to the Target Facilities Flight.
This model represents Lightning F.6 XR770 of 5 Squadron, RAF, in 1981
Trumpeter 1/72 kit with Modeldecal decals completed by Leigh Edmonds in September 2015.