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McDonnell-Douglas/BAC F-4K/M Phantom II - Survivor XV582

FG.1 XV582 - South Wales Aviation Museum, St. Athan Airport, Wales

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Phantom FG.1 XV582 at South Wales Aviation Museum, 30th October 2021; Jake Wallace

XV582, nicknamed 'Black Mike' is possibly the most well-known RAF Phantom, being the record-breaking airframe to perform the fastest flight from Land's End to John O'Groats (46 minutes and 44 seconds).

Last flown in 1992, she was kept as a BDRT airframe/mascot airframe at RAF Leuchars. With RAF Leuchars closing in 2013 the airframe was planned to be scrapped, but thanks to great efforts by various parties including the British Phantom Aviation Group, she was allowed to be disposed of into restoration rather than drinks cans.

After several months, XV582 was dismantled and road moved to RAF Cosford in 2017 for cosmetic display at the RAF Cosford Airshow 2018 to celebrate 100 years of the Royal Air Force, she was certainly the star out of all the static exhibits! She then went into storage at RAF Cosford awaiting her move to the South Wales Aviation Museum (SWAM).

In October 2018, 'Black Mike' was moved to SWAM for static display where her restoration began!

XV582 is seen here outside in the evening sunlight at a nightshoot event held in October 2021, she is now tucked back inside the hangar where she can be viewed when the museum is open.

Information on this page current as of 31/10/2021, last updated by Jake

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