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    #41
    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.
    That's a great shot. Thank you for posting. Have PM'd you.

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      #42
      The May issue of Flypast magazine includes an article about XV582's speed run authored by Mike Pugh, who was navigator during the record breaking flight. In the shops now.

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        #43
        To celebrate the 60th Anniversary of the first flight of the F-4 Phantom, our friends over at the Aviation Skills Partnership will be hosting an event later this month, featuring guest speaker Rick Peacock Edwards (retired Air Commodore and former RAF pilot). Tickets are available now, please follow the link- https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/f-4-p...ts-45582750233

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          #44
          Number 2 in the Cosford charts!



          Held off the number one slot by a mere Typhoon...that can't be correct, surely?

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            #45
            60 years of the F-4 Phantom

            60 years ago today, on 27th May 1958, the F-4 Phantom II prototype (XF4H-1 BuNo 142259) took its maiden flight from the McDonnell facility at Lambert Field, St Louis, USA. In order to celebrate this anniversary, the British Phantom Aviation Group is proud to announce that we will be taking XV490, our Phantom FGR.2 cockpit section, out on the road. We will be attending various events over the summer period, with opportunities for cockpit visits as well as a chance to meet and chat with ex-F4 aircrew and groundcrew members. Exclusive Phantom merchandise will also be available at all events.

            Dates confirmed so far are-

            10th June, RAF Cosford Airshow
            XV490 will be onsite- located only a short walk from its BPAG stablemate XV582- at this year's airshow, as part of the Open Cockpits ground display. With a large crowd of around 60,000 expected, demand for cockpit visits will be high. The BPAG team will be on hand to assist as many of those as possible to experience the legend that is the F-4 Phantom.

            20th & 21st June, Lincolnshire Show
            This hugely popular show is now a regular venue for XV490 and the Aviation Village is set to be expanded this year in celebration of RAF 100, which should ensure that the show is quite an event. Former F-4 navigator and successful author and journalist Dave Gledhill, who was aircrew on board XV490, will also be on site to meet the public and answer your questions.

            23rd & 24th June, Newark Cockpit Fest
            This two day charitable event provides a focal point for cockpit owners from across the UK and always features an impressive line up of cockpit sections, panel displays and numerous other guest contributions. Dave Gledhill will again be in attendance with XV490 and additional attractions on both days include an aerojumble and a flypast from the BBMF Spitfire.

            30th June & 1st July, Cleethorpes Armed Forces Day
            North East Lincolnshire Council’s Armed Forces Day 2018 will be held at Cleethorpes as part of a full weekend of celebrations of the important work done by our Armed Forces. The full, free programme of events will include activities across the resort with parades, air displays and ground events on the seafront.

            Last edited by BPAG; 28th May 2018, 19:11. Reason: Incorrect date

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              #46
              The BPAG engineering team have been busy up at Cosford this weekend, putting the final touches to XV582 'Black Mike' ready for next week's event. Burner cans refitted and looking good...



              Last edited by BPAG; 2nd June 2018, 19:57. Reason: Spelling

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                #47
                Black Mike by Tony Taylor, on Flickr

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                  #48
                  Black Mike head on by Tony Taylor, on Flickr

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                    #49
                    Phantom Black Mike by Tony Taylor, on Flickr

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                      #50
                      Black Mike golden light by Tony Taylor, on Flickr

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                        #51
                        Black Mike The golden years by Tony Taylor, on Flickr

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                            #53
                            Great shots Tony T. Thanks for posting.

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                              #54
                              The work continues. Looking almost ready for QRA again...



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                                #55
                                How nice is that!

                                However... you can see a problem: The pylons came without that small sheet metal formed section at the top/front where it meets the leading edge. Would anybody out there have a pair (L & R) we could at least borrow - or sell/donate to make them complete (pretty, pretty please!)?

                                It's a sort of L-shaped piece transitioning the upward slope of the pylon to the vertical where it meets the wing.

                                Anon.
                                Last edited by Anon; 2nd June 2018, 21:53.

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                                  #56
                                  A note of thanks from the British Phantom Aviation Group-

                                  "Dear Friends. It cannot have escaped your attention that the Cosford Airshow is now only days away. There are only some final small tasks to attend to on 'Black Mike', a few matters of logistics involving XV490 to confirm and a whole bunch of boxes of new merchandise to sort through and then the British Phantom Aviation Group will be ready to meet you all this coming Sunday.

                                  This weekend's event will be the culmination of a year's worth of planning and preparation and would not have been possible without the hospitality and generosity of the team at RAF Cosford. In particular we would like to thank Peter Reoch, for inviting the aircraft and ourselves to be part of the RAF100 celebrations and for his efficiency and patience in dealing with our presence and the ever-increasing demands it placed on both his time and facilities. Huge thanks and eternal gratitude also go to WO Steve Brown, whose contributions to the engineering effort have been immeasurable and without whom, the process of preparing 'Black Mike' would have been considerably more difficult. Frequently going above and beyond what we have asked of him (sometimes at considerable personal inconvenience) his support for the project has been unwavering and his presence and abilities have played a vital part in what we have achieved.

                                  In the seven months since XV582 left RAF Leuchars for the last time, the shelter and working facilities that RAF Cosford have provided have been a life line to the aircraft and have saved it from tough times and difficult decisions. Both 'Black Mike' and the British Phantom Aviation Group would not be where we are now without the help we have selflessly been given.

                                  For this, we would like to take this opportunity to say a heartfelt and sincere thank you.

                                  The British Phantom Aviation Group."
                                  Last edited by BPAG; 6th June 2018, 18:23.

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                                    #57
                                    Well done and thank you to all those involved in one way or another

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                                      #58
                                      09.30 today. XV490 leaves Newark Air Museum, en-route to RAF Cosford. Hope to see some of you at the Open Cockpit zone on Sunday.

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                                        #59
                                        I've never sat in a 'Toom - I'll come and have a go queue permitting!
                                        That is if I'll fit - at 6' 2" I have some difficulty getting into a Lightning!
                                        Armchair enthusiast, but also a fan of sofas and recliners.

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                                          #60
                                          To all those of you attending Cosford tomorrow. The BPAG will be ready to greet you, please come and say hello. XV582 will be in the QRA display in the static and the BPAG stall will be nearby. XV490 is in the Open Cockpit zone and will be open for visits all day. Hope to see you there.

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