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McDonnell-Douglas/BAC F-4K/M Phantom II - Survivor XT914

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FGR.2 XT914 - Wattisham Heritage Museum, Wattisham Camp, Suffolk

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Phantom FGR.2 XT914 at Wattisham Heritage Museum, 29th February 2020; Steve Tron

XT914 served with 14, 56, 74 and 92 Squadrons plus 228 OCU and was one of the last RAF fighter jets to be based at RAF Wattisham. The airframe retired from service in November 1992 at RAF Leeming where it was put on display as a gate guard.

Not too many years after, the aircraft was then transferred to RAF Brampton to become a gate guardian there as well. It was still in generally excellent condition bar a bit of faded paintwork, with much of her cockpit contents intact.

With RAF Brampton's closure at the end of 2013, it was reported that XT914 might move to RAF Wittering but with the early cessation of Harrier operations that obviously fell through. Happily efforts at Wattisham to bring a Phantom 'home' have come to fruition and XT914 was formally transferred to the Army on 12th January 2012 prior to being transported to the Wattisham Heritage Museum at Wattisham Camp (former RAF Wattisham, Phantom station) for further display duties. XT914 departed Brampton on 8th March 2012, the aircraft has since been repainted as you can sehopefully it won't be too long before she's spruced up and put on display at Wattisham.

Information on this page current as of 09/06/2021, last updated by Jake

Find other photos of XT914 on the following sites:

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