Museum Aircraft

McDonnell Douglas Phantom

In 1968, XV408 was one of the first Phantoms delivered to the RAF. It served briefly with No 228 Operational Conversion Unit at RAF Coningsby and in June 1969 was allocated to No 6 Squadron, the first operational Phantom unit, for fighter/ground attack duties. It saw further service with the OCU between 1974 and 1976 at which point, with this aircraft type switching to the air defence role, it was transferred to No 23 Squadron. Moves between several squadrons in both the UK and Germany followed until 1992 when the aircraft was finally retired.

After a year in storage, XV408 became a gate guardian at Cranwell and was later displayed in the open at Halton and Fairford. Faced with being scrapped in 2004, the RAF Museum agreed to take on the aircraft and offer it on permanent loan to Tangmere. In 2016, the RAF Museum decided to reduce the number of Phantoms in its collection and ownership of XV408 was transferred to the Tangmere Military Aviation Museum Trust.

The aircraft was first displayed in the markings of No 29 Squadron and then the blue colour scheme it wore in 1991 to commemorate the final year of RAF Phantom operations in Germany whilst operating with No 92 Squadron. XV408 now proudly wears the colours of No 6 Squadron in memory of the Museum’s late Chairman, Group Captain David Baron OBE.

Photos: Pete Pitman, Mike Bennett and Pete MacKean

Talks by Tangmere

The Museum is able to offer speakers to interested groups or societies on a range of subjects connected with the history of operations at RAF Tangmere and other military aviation subjects.

Further details of the full range of presentations and the availability of speakers can be obtained by calling the museum on 01243 790090, by emailing your interest to or by letter marked for the attention of the Chairman.

Museum Development

The Museum car park has been enlarged and re-laid and audio guides provided with the assistance of LEADER – the European Agricultural Fund for Redevelopment.