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  • trumper
    Rank 5 Registered User
    • Aug 2003
    • 6743

    #81
    What a fantastic update ,i wish you all the very best --- do you have a facebook page ? A quick google ,i think this is it https://www.facebook.com/BPAGofficial/ ,maybe this needs updating to get to a much wider audience.

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    • BPAG
      Rank 4 Registered User
      • Oct 2017
      • 62

      #82
      Originally posted by Steve Bond View Post
      Very well done indeed. It is great to see such a tremendous effort going into saving not one but two historically important Phantoms. I am sure everyone here will wish you the best of good fortune after such a difficult time.
      Thank you for your kind words, they are very much appreciated and certainly encourage us that we are doing there right thing and that there is support for the restoration effort out there. There is potentially a very bright future ahead but still lots of hard work and expense before we get to that point. If you would consider donating to the cause to help achieve these aims, anything you can give would be gratefully received. The Tiger 360 account details are as follows-

      Account Name Tiger360
      Sort Code 30-96-26
      Acct. Number 53212368

      You can also donate via paypal to phantomerchandise@outlook.com (please note only one 'm' in that address)

      Originally posted by trumper View Post
      What a fantastic update ,i wish you all the very best --- do you have a facebook page ? A quick google ,i think this is it https://www.facebook.com/BPAGofficial/ maybe this needs updating to get to a much wider audience.
      Thank you, your best wishes are a welcome boost to our determination. Also, as mentioned above, please do consider donating if you can spare any amount at all. Every penny will help us along the way.

      Yes, that is our official Facebook page. It has actually been updated a few times since the funding campaign began. However that was only started fairly recently, so there isn't a large number of recent posts on there. It probably is time for a new one then, so thank you for the prompt!

      It has also reminded me that Key do not allow signatures, so unlike other forums, our web locations are not automatically posted. So, here is where you can find us-

      Facebook- www.facebook.com/BPAGofficial
      Twitter- www.twitter.com/BPAGofficial
      Instagram- https://www.instagram.com/british_ph...viation_group/
      Webstore- http://british-phantom-aviation-group.myshopwired.com/
      Last edited by BPAG; 29th August 2019, 17:12.

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      • BPAG
        Rank 4 Registered User
        • Oct 2017
        • 62

        #83
        BPAG Chairman Paul Wright conducts a walkaround of Tangmere's FGR2. We think 21.30 is our favourite part.

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        • BPAG
          Rank 4 Registered User
          • Oct 2017
          • 62

          #84


          Please support the Tiger 360 Campaign. Phase One requires 6000 to move the aircraft to a safer, more accessible location. We are currently making very good progress toward that total, so many thanks to everyone who has contributed so far.

          Donations can be made by bank transfer-
          Account Name – Tiger360
          Sort Code – 30-96-26
          Acct. Number – 53212368

          Or via PayPal to phantomerchandise@outlook.com (please note only a single 'm' in that address)

          The Tiger 360 Campaign is a joint venture by the British Phantom Aviation Group and the 74 Squadron Association.
          Last edited by BPAG; 11th September 2019, 13:11.

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          • BPAG
            Rank 4 Registered User
            • Oct 2017
            • 62

            #85
            As many of you may know the F-4J(UK) aircraft that were assigned to 74 Sqn were modified ex-US Navy or Marine F-4Js, most of which had taken part in operations over Vietnam.

            While it is uncertain at this time whether ZE360 was one of those Vietnam veterans, these shots are of the aircraft while serving with the VF-103 `Sluggers` aboard the USS Saratoga in 1976, wearing the last four digits of her US BuNo- 5574.



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            • BPAG
              Rank 4 Registered User
              • Oct 2017
              • 62

              #86
              The latest issue of Aeroplane Monthly contains a report of both the XT597 and ZE360 acquisitions. In the shops now.

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              • BPAG
                Rank 4 Registered User
                • Oct 2017
                • 62

                #87
                TIGER 360 UPDATE, SEPTEMBER 2019.

                The British Phantom Aviation Group and 74 Sqn Association are pleased to announce that the Phase One funding target has been reached. Our thanks go out to everyone who has donated, purchased merchandise or otherwise contributed to the Tiger 360 Campaign. The success of this first part of the funding drive means that the costs of recovering ZE360 and transporting it to a new safe and accessible location have been met. The date of this operation has yet to be decided and will very much depend on the pace of progress with disassembly and the method of separating the fuselage/wing sections. We do, however, hope to have the moving process complete before the end of the year. Once again, thank you to all our contributors, you have collectively ensured that there is a future for ZE360.

                Also, on 17th September 2019, a team of volunteers from the British Phantom Aviation Group and the 74 Squadron Association began the preservation work on ZE360 at Manston, Kent. Although, prior to the purchase, two visual inspections had been made, this was the first opportunity to actually get hands on the aircraft and would hopefully offer some early indications of the true state of the bodywork and structure.



                Before any of this could begin, however, the whole aircraft was cleaned, scrubbed and rinsed to remove as much fire foam residue, moss, dirt and salt deposits as possible. This revealed much of the original paintwork, some of which was still in good condition, but also uncovered some further corrosion of small areas of the paneling and fasteners, all of which was noted and logged for future attention.







                Inspections were also carried out of the underside, wing fold areas and undercarriage. Partial disassembly of the tailcone allowed access to stabilator pivot mechanism, which appears to be in good order. Upper panels unfortunately proved not to be removable at this time which prevented wider inspection.







                Final lengthy duty of the day was an application of PX-32 preservative to all non-stainless outer surfaces (including underside where accessible) to protect against further damage from weather.



                Conclusions from the day’s work were that- as far as has been seen- corrosion of the airframe and parts has not been found to be any worse than expected. Some areas are visibly bad and will require extra attention and the worst affected will involve refabricating. However, nothing we have seen so far is terminal or should jeopardize moving the aircraft. Detailed inspections have also helped in clarifying potential course of actions for final disassembly.



                Next set of goals will involve-
                Removal of tailcone and Stabilator.
                First stage of removing outer wing sections, leading edges, BLC ducts and wiring.
                Removal of centreline tank.
                Replace wheels.

                This work will be scheduled in the forthcoming weeks. Many thanks to our members and volunteers- Nigel Hodgson, Adrian Vines, Clive Bindt, Tony Clay and Paul Wright for giving up their free time to further the preservation effort. Thanks also go to DFTDC at Manston for tolerating a crew of civilians on their premises.

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                • trumper
                  Rank 5 Registered User
                  • Aug 2003
                  • 6743

                  #88
                  Well done all and good luck

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                  • BPAG
                    Rank 4 Registered User
                    • Oct 2017
                    • 62

                    #89
                    Originally posted by trumper View Post
                    Well done all and good luck
                    Thank you. Much appreciated.

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                    • BPAG
                      Rank 4 Registered User
                      • Oct 2017
                      • 62

                      #90


                      The British Phantom Aviation Group is proud to announce that XV490 will be appearing at Jet Fest 2019 at North Weald Airfield on 27th & 28th September.

                      Following last year's successful inaugural event, JetFest 2019 promises to be bigger and better. Attractions include a large number of vintage jets on display, both static and flying, open cockpit opportunities as well as a chance to meet and greet with pilots and groundcrews. Aero Legends will also be conducting Spitfire flying all weekend, plus there will be opportunities to fly in Harvards and Tiger Moths

                      The BPAG will be ready to show you around XV490 and exclusive Phantom merchandise will be available. Come and see us and catch some of the F-4 magic for yourselves. Hope to see you there!

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