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Survivor XT891

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XT891 - RAF Coningsby (gate guard), Lincolnshire

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Phantom FGR.2 XT891 at RAF Coningsby, 2001; Garry Lakin

This is a Phantom with a busy history! Delivered in July 1968 to the RAF, she was issued to 228 OCU the next month, but moved on to 54 Squadron when they re-formed with Phantoms. She then passed back to 228 OCU and served with them until 1984 when her crew ejected from the aircraft when it veered off the runway onto the grass due to a nosewheel steering failure. Repaired and returned to the unit, she suffered a fire, was repaired once more, suffered another fire and finally returned to active service. On retirement she was earmarked for gate guard duties at Coningsby where she had spent most of her flying career. She was repainted in the old camo colours in 1999 and looks absolutely glorious as a result.

Information on this page current as of 2001

Find other photos of XT891 on the following sites:

Air-Britain - Airliners.net - Airplane-Pictures.net - flickr.com - WorldAirPics.com - JetPhotos.net - PlanePictures.net