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Survivor XV426

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FGR.2 XV426 - Mick Jennings, City of Norwich Aviation Museum, Horsham St. Faith, Norfolk

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Phantom FGR.2 XV426 at City of Norwich Aviation Museum, 21st April 2007; Damien Burke

XV426 entered service with 31 Squadron until they converted to Tornados at which time she passed on to 111 Squadron. Moving on to 228 OCU at Coningsby, after the Falklands War XV426 was one of the detachment of Phantoms sent down there to the newly built RAF Mount Pleasant to defend the islands against further Argentine aggression. Returning to the UK in 1986 and serving with 29 and 23 Squadron, she ended her career with 56 Squadron. On retirement she became a BDRT airframe at Coningsby and was finally scrapped in 2000, the nose being saved by a team from RAF Coltishall. XV426 was well looked-after at RAF Coltishall by Mick Jennings and his band of volunteers and by 2001 they had already restored it to immaculate condition. A nice touch is that one of the names now painted on the canopy sills is that of one M Hanna. The late Mark Hanna was of course a Phantom pilot with the RAF before going to become one of the nation's best loved warbird pilots. With Coltishall's closure Mick's collection moved to the City of Norwich Aviation Museum, initially in open store (as pictured) but now in a small hangar of their own.

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