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by BPAG
24 Jan 2021, 18:10
Forum: Vintage, warbirds and wrecks & relics
Topic: Phantom FGR.2 canopy thing
Replies: 5
Views: 456

Re: Phantom FGR.2 canopy thing

This is the Telescopic Sighting System (or TESS). Our associate Dave Gledhill has a good basic overview of it on his website-

https://www.david-gledhill.co.uk/the-phantom/tess/
by BPAG
24 Jan 2021, 18:06
Forum: Vintage, warbirds and wrecks & relics
Topic: British Phantom Aviation Group
Replies: 59
Views: 14377

Re: British Phantom Aviation Group

As many of you will be aware, we were recently fortunate enough to be able to undertake a spares recovery process on FGR.2 XV411 before it was finally scrapped. We are very grateful to Richard Murray of Spey Bay Salvage for allowing us this opportunity, which brought up some extremely useful bits an...
by BPAG
23 Dec 2020, 20:12
Forum: Vintage, warbirds and wrecks & relics
Topic: British Phantom Aviation Group
Replies: 59
Views: 14377

Re: British Phantom Aviation Group

https://live.staticflickr.com/65535/50751291853_dd3505e5e9_o.jpg Good Evening everyone. We were going to wait until we’d finalised every single detail before releasing this info but after this most extraordinary year, we all need some good news. So, we can at last confirm the speculation that some ...
by BPAG
03 Dec 2020, 09:34
Forum: Vintage, warbirds and wrecks & relics
Topic: British Phantom Aviation Group
Replies: 59
Views: 14377

Re: British Phantom Aviation Group

A kind and thoughtful recent gift from the O/C of DFTDC Manston to the BPAG was a copy of this photo from 1991, showing ZE360 being towed across the road from Manston airfield to the fire school premises. A process that almost ended in mishap if recollections are to be believed. https://live.staticf...
by BPAG
01 Dec 2020, 10:07
Forum: Vintage, warbirds and wrecks & relics
Topic: British Phantom Aviation Group
Replies: 59
Views: 14377

Re: British Phantom Aviation Group

https://live.staticflickr.com/65535/50667596226_3b5e9de1fd_o.jpg The BPAG are saddened to report that on 30/11/2020 the scrapman came and removed the mortal remains of FGR.2 XV411 from the grounds of the former DFDTC Manston. Unlike ZE360, which luckily avoided burning, XV411 was used in live fire ...
by BPAG
01 Dec 2020, 10:06
Forum: Vintage, warbirds and wrecks & relics
Topic: British Phantom Aviation Group
Replies: 59
Views: 14377

Re: British Phantom Aviation Group

Many thanks BPAG, for the continuous updates. Your Phantoms bring back good memories, like the first time up close with XT597 at the Air Tattoo, or all of us wondering what the logic behind 74 Sqn's codes would be with ZE350/T, ZE351/I, ZE352/G et cetera. :mrgreen: The restoration and cleaning real...
by BPAG
21 Nov 2020, 10:27
Forum: Vintage, warbirds and wrecks & relics
Topic: British Phantom Aviation Group
Replies: 59
Views: 14377

Re: British Phantom Aviation Group

With the work to extract ZE360 from Manston on pause due to lockdown, the ongoing process of restoration of parts still continues elsewhere. Andy Groves at JW Smart Services has once again produced another amazing transformation, this time on the nosewheel steering torque links. https://live.staticf...
by BPAG
19 Nov 2020, 15:06
Forum: Vintage, warbirds and wrecks & relics
Topic: British Phantom Aviation Group
Replies: 59
Views: 14377

Re: British Phantom Aviation Group

Five years ago today, the British Phantom Aviation Group (in the shape of David Butterfield and Paul Wright) started work on a small touch up job at an exhibit at Newark Air Museum. We think that it came out alright in the end, if we do say so ourselves... https://live.staticflickr.com/65535/5062000...
by BPAG
25 Oct 2020, 09:28
Forum: Vintage, warbirds and wrecks & relics
Topic: British Phantom Aviation Group
Replies: 59
Views: 14377

Re: British Phantom Aviation Group

With opportunities and progress on the main work at Manston being dictated by the weather and the rules of social distancing, this may be a good time to take a look at some of the more intricate restoration tasks going on elsewhere. The instrument and electrical work is being done by our very dedica...
by BPAG
01 Oct 2020, 21:58
Forum: Vintage, warbirds and wrecks & relics
Topic: British Phantom Aviation Group
Replies: 59
Views: 14377

Re: British Phantom Aviation Group

The new social distancing rules and a dodgy looking weather forecast meant that activity at Manston had to be downscaled for last weekend's work party. With just a small group present, any milestone moments or herculean efforts were unlikely but some good headway was still made on vital smaller task...
by BPAG
28 Sep 2020, 19:57
Forum: Vintage, warbirds and wrecks & relics
Topic: British Phantom Aviation Group
Replies: 59
Views: 14377

Re: British Phantom Aviation Group

Recently received back from refurbishment- original nosewheel from ZE360. Cleaned up and prepared by Paul Wright and powdercoated by Andy Groves at JW Smart Services. Many thanks to Andy and JWSS for donating the time, labour and materials to get the job done. https://live.staticflickr.com/65535/503...
by BPAG
16 Sep 2020, 21:49
Forum: Vintage, warbirds and wrecks & relics
Topic: British Phantom Aviation Group
Replies: 59
Views: 14377

Re: British Phantom Aviation Group

The weather gods smiled on the BPAG as our largest volunteer contingent to date assembled at Manston last weekend. Further progress made with stripping out systems and components inside D22 but there's still a long way to go there. The front cockpit was relieved of many of its remaining parts, inclu...
by BPAG
17 Aug 2020, 20:06
Forum: Vintage, warbirds and wrecks & relics
Topic: British Phantom Aviation Group
Replies: 59
Views: 14377

Re: British Phantom Aviation Group

As mentioned above, this weekend was a busy one. The main focus of activity was once again on ZE360 at Manston and as such the British Phantom Aviation Group and the 74 Squadron Association are pleased to announce that another milestone in the preservation effort has been reached. On Saturday 15th A...
by BPAG
15 Aug 2020, 22:08
Forum: Vintage, warbirds and wrecks & relics
Topic: British Phantom Aviation Group
Replies: 59
Views: 14377

Re: British Phantom Aviation Group

A busy weekend for the BPAG. With one team occupied with ZE360 at Manston, it was up to a separate small detachment to collect the fin of XV494 from Brenzett Aeronautical Museum. This piece was surplus to museum requirements and space is needed for a new items. The BPAG have gratefully made it part ...
by BPAG
10 Aug 2020, 06:39
Forum: Vintage, warbirds and wrecks & relics
Topic: British Phantom Aviation Group
Replies: 59
Views: 14377

Re: British Phantom Aviation Group

Another event that occurred during the recent working weekend at Manston was the handover to the BPAG of the two flying helmets obtained and refurbished by Paul West. These are dedicated to the memory of the only two aircrew lost whilst flying the F-4J(UK), Flt Lt Ewan Murdoch and Fg Off Jeremy Ogg....