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    #21
    Hi Robert. Would you mind if we copied that second shot across to our Facebook and Twitter please? I think people would love to see it. I will add a credit and can also link to your website or Flickr/Instagram too if you have one.

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      #22
      Are the engines going back in?

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        #23
        Seeing as no-one from the "official" BPAG group is around to comment; no, the engines are not to be re-fitted for Black Mike's display at the June 2018 Cosford Air Show. However, it is planned to remove the burner cans and nozzles from the engines and fit those so there aren't large gaping holes at the rear of the aircraft.

        Work is under way to remove these nozzles from the engines, which are currently in storage at St Athan, as we speak. I'll leave any other announcements regarding the status of the jet to the group poster.

        Anon.

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          #24
          If anybody has an interest in the operations of the Phantom, the Royal Aeronautical Society (visitors welcome) are hosting Captain Nick Andersen of Virgin Atlantic and ex-RAF fighter pilot on 18 January 2018. He will talk to the RAeS Birmingham, Wolverhampton & Cosford Branch about his experiences of Quick Reaction Alert in the F4 Phantom and the interception of Russian Tu-95 Bears.

          The lecture starts at 19.00 in the National Cold War Exhibition at the RAF Museum in Cosford.

          So although you won't be able to see Black Mike, you will be able to sit about 400metres away from it and hear how it was used.

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            #25
            I have sent a Pm to you.
            Robert Whitton,
            Edinburgh, Scotland

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              #26
              XV582 'Black Mike' all clean and back under cover, with a few pals for company.





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                #27
                143 days to go...

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                  #28
                  The BPAG polishing team and the fruit of their labours. Well worth the sore shoulders and aching elbows. Many thanks and well done to each and every single one of them.

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                    #29
                    Lets have a short break from posts about 'Black Mike' and instead take a moment to appreciate an earlier BPAG project. Here's the cockpit section of XV490 at Newark Air Museum yesterday, still looking great despite 18 months at the mercy of the English weather.

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                      #30
                      Attention photographers...



                      Full details here- https://www.threshold.aero/event/raf-cosford-nightshoot

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                          #32
                          The British Phantom Aviation Group is pleased to announce that we will be attending Newark Air Museum's RAF100 event on 1st April 2018. The cockpit section of XV490 will be open, Phantom merchandise will be available and a team from BPAG will be on hand to chat and answer your questions. More information on the link below or contact NAM direct on 01636 707170. Hope to see you there.

                          http://www.newarkairmuseum.org/100th_Anniv_RAF

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                            #33
                            30 years ago today, on 24th February 1988. XV582- in its pre-Black Mike guise with 43 (F) Squadron- took off from RAF Leuchars in the hands of pilot Wing Commander John Brady and navigator Squadron Leader Michael Pugh and set a new UK speed record for the run between John O' Groats and Lands End. Completing the 602.01 statute mile course in 46 minutes and 44 seconds, at an average speed of 772.91mph, the route included legs at Mach 0.95 over land and Mach 1.3 over the Irish Sea and Bristol Channel.


                            Wing Co John Brady and Sqn Ldr Mike Pugh attend a photocall with the aircraft on the eve of the event. Pic courtsey of Michael Pugh-Davies.



                            XV582 pictured in flight just after the run had been completed, en-route to AAR over Land's End. Pic courtesy of Michael Pugh-Davies.



                            Post-flight official photo call with flightcrew and ground crew members. L-R Sqn Ldr Mike Pugh-Davies, Stephen Cassidy, Barrie Munro, Mark Flitton, Jeff Mustard, Wing Co John Brady.



                            The Daily Express are among the press that reports on the achievement, the next day. Copy used courtesy of Scottish Daily Express/N&S Syndication.



                            The Royal Aero Club in accordance with Federation Aeronautique Internationale guidelines confirms a UK Air Speed Record of 772.91mph. Copy courtesy of Jeff Mustard.



                            In the wake of the run, the RAF issues first day covers to celebrate the new UK record, these quickly become collector’s items. The run enters the UK version of the Guinness Book of Records as the official new UK Air Speed Record.

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                              #34
                              Excellent post - but then I'm a bit biased!

                              Anon.

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                                #35
                                100 days to go...

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                                  #36
                                  Rear canopy fit complete. XV582 is now ready for tomorrow's photo call. Pic courtesy of Steve Brown.

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                                    #37
                                    This Sunday (1st April) is RAF100 Open Cockpit Day at Newark Air Museum. The British Phantom Aviation Group will be attending, the cockpit section of XV490 will be open, Phantom merchandise will be available and a team from BPAG (including former Phantom aircrew and author/journalists Dave Gledhill and Caroline Paige) will be on hand to chat and answer your questions. More information on the link below or contact NAM direct on 01636 707170. Hope to see you there.

                                    http://www.newarkairmuseum.org/100th_Anniv_RAF

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                                      #38
                                      Has it got the engines in it?

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                                        #39
                                        I found this picture of XV582 when it was still in service and thought it might be of interest. It was taken at Mildenhall in 1990.

                                        Phantom XV582 "Black Mike"

                                        Graham

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                                          #40
                                          Has it got the engines in it?
                                          No. XV582's engines are off site undergoing preliminary inspection, in order to assess their condition. The nozzles and reheat cans will be fitted for cosmetic purposes, however, prior to the airshow.

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