The A1 Lightning: Britain’s Most Famous Derelict Fighter Plane

Famous landmarks like the Angel of the North are well known to drivers on the A1 road.  But few would expect a derelict Cold War fighter plane to have found a place amongst such icons of modern art.  Once the main defender of British airspace against the Soviet Union during the 1960s and ’70s, the decaying hulk is more like a monument to the ravages of time and vandalism than past aviation.