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XT903 nears her end
XT903 nears her end, RAF Leuchars, 11th March 2000; Des Brennan

While it appears from the list below that there are still a respectable number of surviving examples of the UK Phantom, note how many are gate guards or similar at RAF stations or other military establishments. In fact the Phantom force has suffered badly in that their disposal was intended to be by scrapping only, and not by disposal to civilians (including museums). A tiny number have managed to escape into civilian hands regardless, even with MoD efforts to put a stop to some sales after they had gone through! A mass cull of many remaining airframes in MoD hands was threatened in 2000 but stopped at the eleventh hour; since then, however, a number of airframes have been scrapped anyway. This has mostly been due to the establishments they were at being closed, or inspections finding excessive corrosion and upcoming structural failure. The reasons why the airframes have not been allowed to be sold in the usual manner are many but seem to have their basis in the terms of the original sale agreement and the American's wish that no Phantom spares make their way to any unfriendly nations still operating the type!

This particular survivors list is restricted to examples flown by the RAF and Royal Navy, or non-RAF/RN examples where the surviving examples are physically located in the UK now (a handful of airframes).

Complete aircraft

SerialMarkOwner & locationUpdated
63-7414F-4CMidland Air Museum (dismantled, spares use), Coventry Airport, Warwickshire11/01/2012
63-7699F-4CMidland Air Museum, Coventry Airport, Warwickshire11/01/2012
'65-777' (really 63-7419)F-4CRAF Lakenheath (displayed in the memorial park within the station), Suffolk03/2005
SerialMarkOwner & locationUpdated
155848F-4SNational Museum of Flight, East Fortune, Scotland28/08/2001
SerialMarkOwner & locationUpdated
XT596FG.1Fleet Air Arm Museum, RNAS Yeovilton, Somerset11/01/2012
XT597FG.1 Mark Abbott, Wymeswold, Leicestershire16/06/2020
XT864FG.1RAF Leuchars (gate guard), Fife, Scotland11/01/2012
XV582FG.1South Wales Aviation Museum, St. Athan Airport, Wales13/06/2020
XV586FG.1RNAS Yeovilton (displayed), Somerset13/06/2020
SerialMarkOwner & locationUpdated
XT891FGR.2RAF Coningsby (gate guard), Lincolnshire2001
XT899FGR.2Aviation Museum, Kbely, Czech Republic11/01/2012
XT905FGR.2British Phantom Aviation Group, Wymeswold, Leicestershire16/06/2020
XT907FGR.2Defence Explosives Ordnance Disposal School, Chattenden, Kent
XT914FGR.2Wattisham Heritage Museum, Wattisham Camp, Suffolk08/03/2012
XV401FGR.2Everett Aero?, MoD Boscombe Down, Wiltshire19/05/2013
XV406FGR.2Solway Aviation Museum, Carlise Airport, Cumbria06/09/2012
XV408FGR.2Tangmere Military Aviation Museum, Tangmere, West Sussex11/01/2012
XV411FGR.2Defence Fire Training and Development Centre, Manston Airport, Kent11/01/2012
XV415FGR.2RAF Boulmer (gate guard), Northumberland
XV424FGR.2RAF Museum, Hendon, Greater London11/01/2012
XV470FGR.2RAF Akrotiri (BDRT), Cyprus12/01/2012
XV474FGR.2Imperial War Museum, Duxford, Cambridgeshire11/01/2012
XV497FGR.2Everett Aero, Bentwaters airfield, Sussex08/05/2013
SerialMarkOwner & locationUpdated
155529 (ex ZE359)F.3American Air Museum, IWM Duxford, Cambrideshire17/04/2005
ZE360 (ex 155574)F.3Defence Fire Training and Development Centre, Manston Airport, Kent11/01/2012

Nose/cockpit/other sections

SerialMarkOwner & locationUpdated
XT595FG.1Location and status unknown - possibly scrapped11/01/2012
XT863FG.1Cliftongrade Ltd. (gate guard), Cowes, Isle of Wight2002
XV581FG.1ATC Aberdeen Wing, Bridge of Don Barracks, Aberdeen, Grampian, Scotland
XV591FG.1RAF Museum Cosford, Shropshire11/01/2012
SerialMarkOwner & locationUpdated
DB001FGR.2Newark Air Museum (simulator), Winthorpe, Nottinghamshire11/01/2012
XT903FGR.2RAF Wyton (nose, stored), Cambridgeshire
XT903FGR.2RAF Museum Cosford (stored), Shropshire11/01/2012
XV399FGR.2Privately owned, Vik area, Aust-Agder, Norway11/01/2012
XV402FGR.2Didier Lafaut (nose section, stored), Izegem, Belgium23/06/2004
XV409FGR.2RAF Mount Pleasant (nose, remainder scrapped Jan 2012), Falkland Islands19/01/2012
XV419FGR.2Terrington Aviation Collection, Terrington St. Clement, Norfolk
XV426FGR.2Mick Jennings, City of Norwich Aviation Museum, Horsham St. Faith, Norfolk11/01/2012
XV460FGR.2Everett Aero (stored), Bentwaters airfield, Sussex16/06/2020
XV467FGR.2ATC, Oban, Western Isles, Scotland
XV489FGR.2Privately owned, Germany11/01/2012
XV490FGR.2Phantom Preservation Society, Newark Air Museum, Winthorpe, Nottinghamshire11/11/2014
XV499FGR.2South Wales Aviation Museum (stored), St. Athan Airport, Wales13/06/2020
SerialMarkOwner & locationUpdated
Not knownF.3Yorkshire Flight Centre (simulator), Arkendale, Knaresborough, Yorkshire
ZE350 (ex 153768)F.3Privately owned, Royal Tunbridge Wells Area11/01/2012
ZE352 (ex 153783)F.3Privately owned, Hooton Park, Merseyside