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McDonnell-Douglas/BAC F-4K/M Phantom II - Survivor XV586

FG.1 XV586 - Morayvia, Kinloss, Scotland

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Phantom FG.1 XV586 at RNAS Yeovilton, 7th July 2018; Damien Burke

XV586 first flew on the 11th of April 1969 and was delivered to RNAS Yeovilton on 25th June 1969. She served with 892 Sqn on HMS Ark Royal until 5th April 1977 when she joined 43(F) Sqn at RAF Leuchars. She then rejoined 892 Sqn on HMS Ark Royal until November 1978. Following major servicing at RAF St. Athan, she returned to Leuchars and served on 43(F) Sqn from 19th October 1979 to September 1989. She was then transferred to A&AEE at Boscombe Down, before retiring to Leuchars on 27th October 1989, as the 43(F) Sqn Gate Guardian, having accumulated a total of 3,770 flying hours.

Unfortunately with 43(F) Squadron's disbandment with the retirement of the Tornado F.3, and the upcoming closure of RAF Leuchars, she had to move on. Happily, she was relocated to RNAS Yeovilton as a part of Navy Wings in mid-May 2012. After her arrival, she was repainted back into her Royal Navy colours and was displayed within the station and could often been seen on static display at the Air Day's.

In more recent years the airframe had been tucked away undercover, being put up for sale in mid-2022. In 2023, it was revealed that the airframe had been acquired by Morayvia, where she will be on display for visitors to enjoy.

Information on this page current as of 30/03/2023, last updated by Jake

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