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Survivor XT864

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XT864 - RAF Leuchars (gate guard), Fife, Scotland

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Phantom FG.1 XT864 at RAF Leuchars, February 2001; Clive Pattle

XT864 first flew in April 1968 and was delivered to the RN later that year. Serving with 700(P), 767 and 892 NAS. On retirement from the navy in 1978 she spent a few months stored at RAF St. Athan before re-entering service, now with 111 Squadron, in 1979. In December 1988, a year before 111 were due to re-equip with the Tornado F.3, a refuelling bowser caused some damage to the tailplane and she was retired once it was realised how much work would be involved in a full repair. She ended up as the gate guard at RAF Leuchars, replacing the Lightning that used to be on display, and becoming the first RAF Phantom to be put on display like this. Unfortunately with RAF Leuchars slated to close in 2013 this airframe's days may be numbered...

Information on this page current as of 11/01/2012

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