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Survivor 155848

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F-4S 155848 - National Museum of Flight, East Fortune, Scotland

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Phantom F-4S 155848 at East Fortune, 14th September 2005; Francis Wallace

155848 first flew in 1968 as an F-4J and flew as such with the US Navy before being converted to F-4S standard and transferring to the US Marine Corps in 1978. In 1983 she was retired and the Fleet Air Arm Museum acquired her not long afterwards in a strange deal that saw Scimitar XD220 crossing the pond in the opposite direction. Initially painted in RN colours and displayed at the museum, when they got hold of FG.1 XT596, this F-4 became surplus to requirements and languished on the airfield for a long time while all and sundry fought over her - it seems there wasn't a museum in the UK that didn't want to get hold of her. Unfortunately the usual Phantom bureaucrats were meddling, and it looked like she was going to be scrapped until, all of a sudden it seemed, the National Museum of Flight won the battle and she was handed over to them in May 1999. She's displayed in the colours of the USMC's VMFA 232, and looks pretty swish.

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