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McDonnell-Douglas/BAC F-4K/M Phantom II - Survivor XV401

FGR.2 XV401 - Bentwaters Cold War Museum, Bentwaters Airfield, Suffolk

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Phantom FGR.2 XV401 at Bentwaters, 31st August 2019; Damien Burke

XV401 served with 23, 29, 41, 56, 74 and 111 Squadrons plus 228 OCU, ending active service with 74 at RAF Wattisham. Transported to Boscombe Down and put under DERA's care, she was transferred to the new museum there in 2000. She was a bit tired looking but pretty much intact when I visited. Unfortunately she was not then easy to see, with the Collection not open to the public until they moved away from Boscombe - and they didn't get a chance to take either of the Boscombe F-4s with them. XV401 was disposed of to Everett Aero in November 2012, and moved to Bentwaters for storage in August 2013 before being acquired by the BCWM later that year. As you can see, she's a work in progress.

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