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McDonnell-Douglas/BAC F-4K/M Phantom II - Survivor XV408

FGR.2 XV408 - Tangmere Military Aviation Museum, Tangmere, West Sussex

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Phantom FGR.2 XV408 at Tangmere, 2nd March 2022; Damien Burke

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 initially gained a proper set of markings to finish off her grey scheme, but after that, the museum bit the bullet and repainted back into her famous overall blue scheme, in which she remained until 2021 when she was repainted into her early 6 Squadron camouflage scheme in memory of the Museum's late Chairman, Group Captain David Baron OBE.

Information on this page current as of 27/07/2022, last updated by Jake

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