FGR.2 XV406 - Solway Aviation Museum, Carlise Airport, Cumbria
Phantom FGR.2 XV406 at Carlisle, 30th August 2012; Tom McGhee / demobbed.org.uk
XV406 started life with the MoD(PE) for recce pod trials, and then moved to the A&AEE for more trials work. Finally entering RAF service, she served with 23, 29, 43, 54 and 111 Squadrons. Retired to gate guard duty at RAF Carlisle, it was somewhat of a surprise when she was moved next to the Solway Aviation Museum site in the early 2000s, and there appeared to be some sort of bureaucratic wrangle that kept it outside the museum's area at the airport for some time though there did appear to be some unofficial and efforts to keep her in good condition. This looks to have been resolved and she is now an official museum exhibit and has obviously been repainted in recent years.
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