Dyson designers to reach for inspiration with historic RAF jet
DYSON wants to park a second iconic aircraft outside its Malmesbury headquarters.
The firm has applied for planning permission to install an English Electric Lightning F1 in a vertical position with LED lights highlighting the engines.
It also wants retrospective permission for the Harrier jump jet already standing outside the main entrance to the building.
According to the application lodged with Wiltshire Council, the aim is to “inspire positive creative spirit amongst staff and visitors on the site, whilst also promoting or reinforcing local distinctiveness.”
The historic plane, XM173, flew between 1960 and 1973. It was part of the RAF Firebirds display team and served at bases around the country including Coltishall, Leuchars and Wattisham before becoming a gate guard at RAF Bentley Priory.
It was bought in August and transported to Old Sodbury where it has been stored.