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

FG.1 XV586 - Fly Navy Heritage Trust, (for sale), RNAS Yeovilton, Somerset

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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 retiring of the Tornado F.3, and the upcoming closure of RAF Leuchars, she had to move on. Happily, she then moved to RNAS Yeovilton in mid-May 2012 and since then has been painted back into RN colours, and was displayed within the station. For the annual Air Day she often makes a welcome appearance in the static display - as you can see here at the 2018 Air Day.

In more recent years the airframe has been tucked away undercover and has been put up for sale in July 2022.

Information on this page current as of 25/07/2022, last updated by Jake

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