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FG.1 XV591 - RAF Museum Cosford, Shropshire

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Phantom FG.1 XV591 at Cosford, 17th May 2007; Damien Burke

First taking to the skies in June 1969, XV591 entered service with 892 NAS the next month. Passed to the RAF in December 1978, she re-entered active service with 111 Squadron in early 1979 and stayed with them until a structural fault was discovered in December 1987, at which point she was grounded forever. The fuselage was dumped and the wings and tail used for BDRT at Abingdon. Thankfully the nose at least was saved and was put on display at the RAF Museum at Cosford, in a colour scheme representing XV424 on its Alcock and Brown commemorative transatlantic flight in 1979. Ironically the real XV424 is actually on display at the RAF Museum at Hendon - in a stock 56 Squadron scheme! With the opening of the Cold War Exhibition, XV591 was repainted back to the Queen's Silver Jubilee colours she wore with 892 NAS in 1977.

Information on this page current as of 11/01/2012, last updated by Damien

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