Phantom XV408 Gifted To The Museum

July, 2016

In November 2005 McDonnell Douglas Phantom FGR2 XV408 arrived at the Museum on loan from the RAF Museum. This loan delighted the Museum’s present Chairman, Group Captain David Baron, who had flown the aircraft on a number of sorties whilst serving at the Phantom Operational Conversion Unit and with No 6, the first RAF Phantom Squadron.

David’s most memorable flight in this aircraft was taking part in the Phantom element of the flypast over Caernarfon Castle for the Investiture of the Prince of Wales on 1 July 1969.

The RAF Museum has recently decided to reduce the number of Phantoms in its collection and last month offered to the Museum, as a gift, XV408. The Trustees have gratefully accepted this gift. The plan now is to repaint the aircraft in the deep blue paint scheme XV408 wore whilst serving with No 92 Squadron in 1991. It was painted in this way to commemorate the last year of Phantom operations in Germany.

Talks by Tangmere

The Museum is pleased to be 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.

The presentations are usually given as an audio/visual presentation using the Museum's equipment. Our presentations can be tailored to suit audiences ranging from specialist societies to community based groups and range in length from 40 to 90 minutes depending on the subject matter.

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 Director.