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Survivor XV408

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XV408 - Tangmere Military Aviation Museum, Tangmere, West Sussex

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Phantom FGR.2 XV408 at Tangmere, 22nd August 2009; author

XV408 served with 6, 19, 23 and 29 Sqns. After retirement, she was displayed on the parade ground within RAF Halton (and therefore completely out of sight from outside the station). She was mounted on blocks and made a good background to graduation photos. Sadly though she lost her overall blue scheme and was put in an anonymous grey scheme, lacking even squadron markings. In 2003, the aircraft was moved to RAF Fairford for inclusion in the '100 years of flight' static display, but did not return to Halton as she was replaced there by a Tornado. She was abandoned in a corner of the airfield at Fairford, and was scheduled to be scrapped. However a multitude of efforts to save the airframe finally bore fruit with the result that the airframe was gifted to the RAF Museum, who have placed her on loan to the museum at Tangmere. She's gained a proper set of markings and looks to be in great condition. Excuse the barriers in the photo - a flying visit when the Museum was closed!

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