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Post by MR TERRY GREEN » Tue Jun 12, 2018 10:42 am

Great work by everybody concerned.Wonderful to see this great aircraft in fine form.Brings back memories of Mildenhall Air-Fete taking to many pictures of this colour scheme on a sunny day.Never to many f-4 pictures though.

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Post by BPAG » Wed Jun 13, 2018 1:36 pm

One final shot from Cosford, and its a beauty. Thanks to Damien Burke for sharing it with us.

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Post by iainpeden » Wed Jun 13, 2018 3:43 pm

Lovely
Could I suggest the M on the starbord intake guard is changed to a B?

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Post by BPAG » Sat Jun 16, 2018 5:08 pm

MR TERRY GREEN wrote:
Tue Jun 12, 2018 10:42 am
Great work by everybody concerned.Wonderful to see this great aircraft in fine form.Brings back memories of Mildenhall Air-Fete taking to many pictures of this colour scheme on a sunny day.Never to many f-4 pictures though.
Hi Terry. Thank you for your kind words, it is much appreciated.

If you do have any pictures of UK Phantoms from back in the day, we would love to see them.

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Post by BPAG » Sat Jun 16, 2018 5:12 pm

Stroudy wrote:
Tue Jun 12, 2018 10:21 am
I'd just like to say thanks to the volunteers at BPAG for their time at Cosford. One person, an ex-nav, took the time to thoroughly show my 6 year old son and I around the back seat of XV490.. and was patient enough to answer all of his 1001 questions! I learned a huge amount in 20 mins and it was very interesting to hear about the ex-nav's many Soviet intercepts around the world in the cold war, low flying sub hunting Bear-F's trying to squash them into the north sea if they got too close underneath trying to photograph their detection equipment being particularly fascinating!

All the best for the future, Marcus.
Hello Marcus,

Thanks for the post. Both of our members (Dave Gledhill and Caroline Paige) who were conducting the cockpit tours last Sunday have written books about their time in service, which contain more details about their experiences in the back seat of the Phantom. If you found the conversations fascinating, we are sure that you will enjoy reading about them too.

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Post by BPAG » Sat Jun 16, 2018 5:14 pm

iainpeden wrote:
Wed Jun 13, 2018 3:43 pm
Lovely
Could I suggest the M on the starbord intake guard is changed to a B?
And arouse the wrath of the symmetry police? Our lives wouldn't be worth living...

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Post by Hendon Chipmunk » Sat Jun 16, 2018 8:05 pm

BPAG wrote:
Sat Jun 16, 2018 5:14 pm
iainpeden wrote:
Wed Jun 13, 2018 3:43 pm
Lovely
Could I suggest the M on the starbord intake guard is changed to a B?
And arouse the wrath of the symmetry police? Our lives wouldn't be worth living...
Also, no, the aircraft is not 'Bravo Mike', (s)he's 'Mike' who happens to be painted a beautiful black colour!

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Post by BPAG » Tue Jun 19, 2018 5:51 am

Its a busy week for XV490. Tomorrow and Wednesday, it will be on display at the Lincolnshire Show at the Lincolnshire Showgrounds. Then, this weekend sees the annual Cockpit Fest at Newark Air Museum. Cockpit visits will be available at both events and BPAG team members will be on hand to chat and answer your questions. Hope to see you there!

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Post by BPAG » Sat Jun 30, 2018 5:13 am

An unusual sight on the streets of Cleethorpes. XV490 rolls into town for this weekend's Armed Forces Day.

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Post by BPAG » Tue Aug 14, 2018 9:40 pm

XV582 emerging from Hangar 4 at RAF Cosford for a photoshoot last Sunday. Special guest of honour Michael Pugh-Davis checking out the front seat for a change.

[video=youtube_share;zVXFNDAjsv0]https://youtu.be/zVXFNDAjsv0[/video]

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Post by BPAG » Tue Aug 14, 2018 9:43 pm

XV582 emerging from Hangar 4 at RAF Cosford for a photoshoot last Sunday. Special guest of honour Michael Pugh-Davis checking out the front seat for a change.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zVXFNDA ... e=youtu.be

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Post by BPAG » Thu Aug 16, 2018 2:07 pm

Not only is 2018 the centenary of the RAF but it is also the 30th anniversary of one of its record setting achievements. On 24/02/1988 XV582 (in its pre-Black Mike guise with 43 Squadron) set a world record for the fastest time between John O'Groats and Land's End of 46 minutes and 44 seconds. On 12/08/2018 the British Phantom Aviation Group were proud to reunite the aircrew from that day- pilot W/Cdr John Brady and navigator Flt Lt Michael Pugh- with the aircraft for the first time since that day in 1988.

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Post by BPAG » Tue Sep 11, 2018 3:36 am

The British Phantom Aviation Group are pleased to announce the next event in our F-4 60th Anniversary celebrations. We will be taking Mike Davey's XV490 cockpit section to this year's North Lincolnshire Aviation Festival. Following the success of the first ever North Lincolnshire Aviation Heritage Festival in 2017, Skydive Hibaldstow and the Northern Lincolnshire Aviation Heritage Forum (in conjunction with North Lincs Council) are again hosting this event which takes place at Hibaldstow Airfield on Sunday 30th September. The event will celebrate and focus on the aviation history of the area, telling the story of Northern Lincolnshire’s heritage from World War One to the present day. Admission to the event is free. XV490 will be onsite and will be open for cockpit visits and BPAG members will be in attendance to chat and answer your questions. Exclusive Phantom merchandise will also be available. Hope to see you there!

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Post by BPAG » Wed Sep 26, 2018 6:25 am

The British Phantom Aviation Group are pleased to announce that joining our team for this weekend's North Lincs Aviation Festival will be former RAF Squadron Leader Michael Pugh-Davies. On February 24th 1988, Michael was one half of the aircrew that set the World Speed Record for the run between John O'Groats and Land's End. The aircraft in question that day was Phantom FG.1 XV582- now better known as 'Black Mike'. However, this weekend Michael will be in the company of XV490, conducting cockpit visits and will also be on hand to chat and answer your questions. So, for your chance to meet a genuine RAF legend, make your way to Hibaldstow Airfield, Lincolnshire, this coming Sunday 30th September. Admission is free.

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Post by BPAG » Mon Oct 08, 2018 8:09 am

The British Phantom Aviation Group are pleased to announce that our online store is now open. Exclusive Phantom merchandise including t-shirts, hoodies, caps, stickers and more are now available to order. The BPAG is a totally volunteer run organisation, so every penny of profit goes to fund our projects and activities and will help us plan for the future. Many thanks to everyone for their support and happy shopping to you all!

http://british-phantom-aviation-group.myshopwired.com/

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Post by BPAG » Tue Oct 09, 2018 12:40 pm

Phantom XV582 to move to St Athan

The British Phantom Aviation Group (BPAG) in partnership with GJD Services are delighted to announce the latest development in the life of Phantom FG-1 XV582 'Black Mike'.

One year after arriving at RAF Cosford and following its successful and popular appearance at the RAF100 celebration at the 2018 Cosford Airshow, 'Black Mike' is moving on again. The destination this time being St Athan, South Wales.

XV582 was purchased from the MoD by Gary Spoors, owner of GJD Services, during 2016 and has since been managed by the BPAG, who performed the complex task of removing the aircraft from RAF Leuchars and restoring it for temporary display. However, with the tenure at RAF Cosford now at an end, the aircraft must relocate for the restoration work to be able to continue.

Paul Wright, Chairman of the BPAG commented-
"The facilities that GJD have at St Athan are the ideal environment for this to take place and we are looking forward to starting work at the earliest possible opportunity. At an appropriate point during the restoration we would love people to come and see what we've been up to. This will, however, be subject to the health & safety situation onsite and be at the owner's discretion. So, watch this space"

Dismantling of the aircraft began at RAF Cosford over the weekend 6/7th October and the move is due to be complete before the end of the month.

In the meantime if you wish to be involved or would like to support the BPAG in any way, please feel free to contact britishphantomaviationgroup@gmail.com.


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