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Phantom ‘Black Mike’ arrives at Cosford

Photo: 'Black Mike' arriving at RAF Museum Cosford. CROWN COPYRIGHT


McDonnell Douglas F-4 Phantom XV582 ‘Black Mike’ has been delivered by road to RAF Museum Cosford, in preparation for the Air Show on Sunday, June 10, 2018.

The airframe, now owned by GJD Services Ltd, has been the centre of a campaign by aviation enthusiasts, who plan to restore her to exhibition standard. David Butterfield, from the British Phantom Aviation Group, said, “The British Phantom Aviation Group is extremely proud and honoured to participate with Phantom XV582 ‘Black Mike’ at the RAF Cosford Air Show 2018. Our hardworking, dedicated team of volunteers have shown outstanding knowledge, skills and aptitude to make the move from RAF Leuchars happen. We look forward to working with RAF Cosford over the coming months and we are certain that the aircraft will be a great attraction as part of the RAF100 static displays.”

Air Show Operations Manager Peter Reoch, said, “The Royal Air Force’s Phantoms played a critical role in defending the UK’s airspace during the height of the Cold War. Therefore, having an example of the type was essential as part of our RAF100 static exhibition at the show. It will be the first of many aircraft which will be transported by road to Cosford over the coming months specifically for display at the event.”

Tickets for the show are already on sale via the event’s website. Tickets will again only be available in advance, and are priced £25.00 per adult, with accompanied under-16s attending the for free.

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