BAE Samlesbury marks its ‘gate guardians’

Posted on - 6th May, 2018 - 12:00pm | Author - | Posted in - Grimsargh, Nostalgia, Preston News
The Lightnings at BAE Samlesbury
The Lightnings at BAE Samlesbury

You know you’re at BAE when you see the ‘gate guardians’.

As part of the Royal Air Force’s 100th year celebrations the aerospace firm has commissioned pictures of its Lightning planes.

The full-scale replicas at the gates of the Samlesbury plant represent the first British jet to fly twice the speed of sound before entering into active service in 1959.

The planes during the day at BAE's gates
The planes during the day at BAE’s gates

It was at Samlesbury where the first three prototypes of the original Lightning were built.

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