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Survivor XV490

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FGR.2 XV490 - Phantom Preservation Society, Newark Air Museum, Winthorpe, Nottinghamshire

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Phantom FGR.2 XV490 at Newark Air Museum, 29th December 2018; Jake Wallace

One of very few privately owned Phantoms in the UK, XV490 began her career with 54 Squadron but later served with 41, 6, 29, 23, 56 and 92 Squadrons before going back to 23 Squadron for a while and then 228 OCU before ending her career with 74 Squadron at RAF Wattisham. She was scrapped there in 1992 but the nose section was squirrelled away at Bruntingthorpe until the Phantom Preservation Society succeeded in getting hold of her, and hopefully away from the threat of scrapping - though there are still people in the MoD who, it seems, want to get her back and scrap her!! By 2002 XV490 had improved a lot since I last saw her, looking sorry for herself at Bruntingthorpe, with a replacement radome and various other panels replaced. Little happened to her until 2011 when a rush of work found her paintwork smartened up and seats reinstalled to go on display at Newark at Cockpit-Fest. The photo above is how XV490 looks today outside Hangar 2 at Newark Air Museum.

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