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by BPAG
01 Oct 2020, 21:58
Forum: Vintage, warbirds and wrecks & relics
Topic: British Phantom Aviation Group
Replies: 49
Views: 11631

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: 49
Views: 11631

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: 49
Views: 11631

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: 49
Views: 11631

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: 49
Views: 11631

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: 49
Views: 11631

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....
by BPAG
04 Aug 2020, 19:14
Forum: Vintage, warbirds and wrecks & relics
Topic: British Phantom Aviation Group
Replies: 49
Views: 11631

Re: British Phantom Aviation Group

The first day of August saw the biggest working party the BPAG has assembled so far recommencing work on our F-4J(UK), ZE360. The weather promised to be clear and sunny and didn’t disappoint. https://live.staticflickr.com/65535/50189260377_376f63a02e_o.jpg First surprise of the day was discovering t...
by BPAG
20 Jul 2020, 14:46
Forum: Vintage, warbirds and wrecks & relics
Topic: British Phantom Aviation Group
Replies: 49
Views: 11631

Re: British Phantom Aviation Group

BPAG Chairman Paul Wright was busy on wheel duty again last weekend. “As mentioned previously, during our recent visit to Manston we found that one of the mainwheels on ZE360 had deflated during the time that the facility was closed to visitors. Fortunately we have another wheel, which wasn't fitted...
by BPAG
17 Jul 2020, 15:51
Forum: Vintage, warbirds and wrecks & relics
Topic: British Phantom Aviation Group
Replies: 49
Views: 11631

Re: British Phantom Aviation Group

Following on from our recent visit to ZE360 to change the nosewheels, BPAG Chairman Paul Wright decided to strip down one of the wheels to see how they had stood up to 28 years of inactivity. Thanks to them having been previously assembled with anti-seize grease, the wheel half bolts came out easily...
by BPAG
13 Jul 2020, 18:47
Forum: Vintage, warbirds and wrecks & relics
Topic: British Phantom Aviation Group
Replies: 49
Views: 11631

Re: British Phantom Aviation Group

BPAG Chairman Paul Wright reports back on last weekend's resumption of activity at Manston. "After 4 frustrating months away, a sunny Saturday finally saw the return of BPAG to Manston and our F-4J(UK), ZE360. The nature of the work needed, added to the short notice of access permission, meant that ...
by BPAG
07 Jul 2020, 15:27
Forum: Vintage, warbirds and wrecks & relics
Topic: British Phantom Aviation Group
Replies: 49
Views: 11631

Re: British Phantom Aviation Group

Further to our update of 9th of June, the refurbishment of the two ex-74 Sqn flight helmets is now complete. Paul West (BPAG volunteer and ex-74 Sqn Air Radar) and fellow ex-Tiger Richard Proctor sourced these two examples from unused old stock. They have been carefully restored with genuine compone...
by BPAG
03 Jul 2020, 11:52
Forum: Vintage, warbirds and wrecks & relics
Topic: British Phantom Aviation Group
Replies: 49
Views: 11631

Re: British Phantom Aviation Group

Sometimes, it's not just about the aircraft. There is also the support equipment and other less glamorous bits and pieces that play vital roles behind the scenes. Cornwall Aviation Heritage Centre recently contacted us regarding a piece of UK Phantom history that they had in their possession. What t...
by BPAG
20 Jun 2020, 09:06
Forum: Vintage, warbirds and wrecks & relics
Topic: British Phantom Aviation Group
Replies: 49
Views: 11631

Re: British Phantom Aviation Group

This weekend, XV490 should have been taking part in Cockpit Fest at Newark Air Museum. Unfortunately, like all other events in the UK this summer, this has been cancelled. So here's a quick look back to better times. XV490, still in 74 Sqn colours, arriving at Newark in 2011 and meeting the public a...
by BPAG
09 Jun 2020, 14:33
Forum: Vintage, warbirds and wrecks & relics
Topic: British Phantom Aviation Group
Replies: 49
Views: 11631

Re: British Phantom Aviation Group

ZE360 UPDATE While actual physical restoration work on ZE360 has had to be put on hold due to the ongoing COVID19 pandemic, this has given the team an opportunity to address other aspects of the campaign and make some choices that probably wouldn`t have been due until a little further down the road....
by BPAG
21 May 2020, 12:46
Forum: Vintage, warbirds and wrecks & relics
Topic: British Phantom Aviation Group
Replies: 49
Views: 11631

Re: British Phantom Aviation Group

This isn't one of our projects but due to the unusual origin of the pic, its too good not to share. This photo of a 111 Sqn FG.1 was taken from the rear cabin of a Soviet TU-95RT during a QRA intercept at some point in the 1970's. Very rare to find shots taken by the other side. Original photographe...