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Survivor XT596

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

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Phantom FG.1 XT596 at Yeovilton, 25th October 2007; Damien Burke

One of the F-4K prototypes (YF-4K), XT596 first flew on 30th August 1966 and was delivered to the MoD(PE) for trials work. Later she moved to BAe at Holme-on-Spalding Moor and later Scampton, was retired in 1987 and presented to the FAA Museum at Yeovilton, flying into there on 19th January 1988. The oldest UK Phantom now in existence, she's 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. She's seen here with burners glowing!

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