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Survivor XV586

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XV586 - RNAS Yeovilton (stored), Somerset

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Phantom FG.1 XV586 at RAF Leuchars, 1999; Ron Male/F4 Aviation

XV586 first flew on the 11th of April 1969 and was delivered to the Royal Navy two months later. She is now displayed at RAF Leuchars as the 43 Squadron mascot. The board by her reads as follows: "After crossing the Atlantic XV586 was delivered to RNAS Yeovilton on 25th June 1969. It served with 892 Sqn on HMS Ark Royal until 5th April 1977 when it joined 43(F) Sqn at RAF Leuchars. It rejoined 892 Sqn on HMS Ark Royal until November 1978. Following major servicing at RAF St. Athan, it returned to Leuchars and served on 43(F) Sqn from 19th October 1979 to September 1989. It was then transferred to A&AEE at Boscombe Down before retiring to Leuchars on 27th October 1989, as the 43(F) Sqn Gate Guardian, having accumulated a total of 3,770 flying hours." Unfortunately with 43(F) Squadron's disbandment with the retiring of the Tornado F.3, and the upcoming closure of RAF Leuchars, this aircraft's future is uncertain. Reports in late 2010 stated that it was due to move to RNAS Yeovilton; in mid May 2012 this now seems to have finally happened.

Information on this page current as of 16/05/2012

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