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Survivor XV582

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

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Phantom FG.1 XV582 at St. Athan, 4th August 2019; Damien Burke

'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 going to be scrapped but great efforts by various parties including the British Phantom Aviation Group bore fruits and she was allowed to be disposed of into restoration rather than drinks cans. She moved to RAF Cosford for cosmetic display and was the star of the static display at the amazing 2018 Cosford Air Show as part of the RAF 100 theme. Since then she's moved to SWAM where work continues on her.

Information on this page current as of 13/06/2020, last updated by Damien

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