Air International 1986-03
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I.Rentoul, T.Wakeford - Phantoms at their Peak
One of variants of the Phantom serving with the RAF is depicted here. The FG Mk I, originally specified as the variant for the Royal Navy, is illustrated here in service with Nos 111 and 43 Squadrons at RAF Leuchars, the latter being shown in the now-superseded camouflage.
One of variants of the Phantom serving with the RAF is depicted here. A Phantom FGR Mk 2 of No 29 Squadron, which shares RAF Coningsby with No 228 OCU.
The RAF's Phantoms have undergone several changes of marking since their introduction in 1968, as well as one major change of finish from tactical two-tone camouflage to air defence grey. Typical of the latest standard is this FGR Mk 2 of No 56 Squadron at RAF Wattisham, with pale-coloured national insignia, squadron badge on the forward fuselage flanked by the checkerboard marking that is repeated on the ECM fairing atop the fin, and individual aircraft letters on the nosewheel door and the rudder.
The box-like ECM fairing at the top of the fin, visible on a fully-armed FG Mk I of No 43 Squadron.
Among the RAF squadrons now flying the Phantom FGR Mk 2 - which was purchased as the definitive RAF version - are (above) No 19, serving in Germany at RAF Wildenrath alongside (below) No 92 Squadron.
With landing chute deployed, a Phantom FGR Mk 2 of No 23 Squadron rolls-out at RAF Stanley in the Falkland Islands, helped by the airfield arrester gear which, as can be seen, has been picked up by the aircraft's tail hook.
One of variants of the Phantom serving with the RAF is depicted here. One of the 15 F-4J (UK) Phantoms that were acquired during 1984 to bring the home-based defence force back to strength after a squadron had been despatched to the Falklands. They have J79 engines rather than the Speys of earlier British Phantoms, and are in service with No 74 (Tiger) Squadron at RAF Wattisham.
The F-4J(UK) version of the Phantom now serving with No 74 Squadron, differs in several major respects from the earlier British version.