Jaguar Fighter Lands on M55 Motorway

On April 26, 1975, Tim Ferguson, a test pilot for the British aircraft Corporation, landed a Jaguar fighter jet on the M55 motorway in Lancashire shortly before it was opened to the public. The landing demonstrated the aircraft's ability to take-off and land on unorthodox landing strips away from main air bases under wartime conditions. Today, BAC's successor, BAE Systems, still works on aircraft capable of taking off and landing in tight spots, including the F-35 Lightning II. Video courtesy of BAE Systems (Warton) Heritage Department.