Since creating this page many years ago, thought it was time for an update on the current state of play. Binbrook in its heyday was bustling with activity, 3 Squadrons of Lightnings and all the backup facilities needed to keep the aircraft in constant readiness in the Cold War era and beyond. QRA aircraft were kept busy intercepting Russian Bear aircraft who strayed into our airspace. Considering the age of the Lightning, it did a great job in all respects.
Since the Stations closure and a short period of being classified as a diversion airfield, the MOD in their wisdom, decided that Binbrook was no longer required and sold the airfield back to landowners. Thanks to the Lightning Association, a Lightning FMk6 aircraft XR724 was purchased and flown in to Binbrook, this being the last Military flight of a Lightning. This fully functional aircraft was used to carry out fast taxi ground runs at the then Annual Association rallies, where enthusiasts were treated to the thrills of shear power at close quarters. Alas due to many different circumstances, the rallies ceased. Housing the aircraft has always been a problem, and XR724 sits out in the open, covered in tarpaulins, to face the Binbrook winters.
The runways have long gone, dug up by the landowners for hardcore and even the taxiways have succumbed to this destruction. Look at the picture above to see that now XR724 has nowhere to stretch her legs, being marooned where she is parked. A sad sight to see and no chance of seeing this Cold War jet in action. Maintenance is still being carried out to preserve the aircraft, but realistically I don't see a future for her here.
The good news is that LTF and 5 Squadron ex groundcrew hold annual get togethers on the airfield, visit the aircraft and adjourn to the Plough in Binbrook village for a nostalgic chat about the good old days. The plot of land where the aircraft is parked, has now been purchased, making sure the aircraft has somewhere safe to remain. For further information on what the future holds for XR724 and Binbrook, please visit the LA site.