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FG.1 XT596 - Fleet Air Arm Museum, RNAS Yeovilton, Somerset

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Phantom FG.1 XT596 at Fleet Air Arm Museum, 3rd November 2021; Jake Wallace

The oldest UK Phantom and one of the F-4K prototypes (YF-4K), XT596 first flew on 30th August 1966 and was delivered to the MoD(PE) for trial work. Later she moved to BAe at Holme-on-Spalding Moor and later Scampton, was retired in 1987, and presented to the Fleet Air Arm Museum at Yeovilton, flying into there on 19th January 1988.

XT596 is presented as part of a take-off diorama in the Museum's Carrier exhibition. It's nicely done, with lighting highlighting different parts of the launch preparations in order, followed by the jet blast deflectors raising and the reheat 'lighting up' before the noise of a launch is played and all the lights go out. The second photo above shows her with the burners glowing!

Overall the airframe is in good condition, although she is missing engines and her paintwork is starting to flake around the radome.

Information on this page current as of 04/11/2021, last updated by Jake

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