Making a Sharp Exit

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A few more scans from the past, Thanks for looking :) (More on Flickr!)

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RAF Phantom FGR2 XV490 by BMrider2012, on Flickr

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Phantom XV490 by BMrider2012, on Flickr

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Tornado 29 Squadron by BMrider2012, on Flickr

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Tornado F-3 ZE907 Display RAF Mildenhall by BMrider2012, on Flickr

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Nimrod by BMrider2012, on Flickr

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Buccaneer by BMrider2012, on Flickr

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RAF Phantom FGR2 ... CO XT900 by BMrider2012, on Flickr

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Panavia Tornado 75th Squadron year by BMrider2012, on Flickr

Footnote;

The F3 Tornado is Flown by Fred Grundy, for interest here is a leaflet illustrating the sequence.

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Tornado F-3 ZE907 Display RAF Mildenhall 1990 sequence by BMrider2012, on Flickr

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Pics

Cor, nice Phantom pics - especially the first two;)

Anon.

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Thanks for the comments :) Always appreciated

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fantastic all, a real nostalgia trip. more more more please lol

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'scuse my ignorance but what is the flap on the side of the phantom visible in the first two photos?
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Matt

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The Tornado at Mildenhall is impressive, but WOW! That Nimrod! Top shots.

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Phantom "flaps"

The flaps on the side of the Phantom are auxiliary air doors. There are two more, just visible under the centre section, which are open as well.

Jon H, unless I'm going daft (which I accept is perfectly possible) they both read XV490 to me:confused: I'd check yer glasses if I were you! Anyway, there was no such serial as XT490 issued to the RAF Phantom fleet.

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In the first shot it looks as if all three undercarriage legs have started retracting, even thought the port wheel is still on the ground (albeit briefly) :).

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Lovely pics thanks...esp the Tooms :D

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Gear Up!

Rob,

It was a bit of a party trick to select the gear up whilst the aircraft was on the ground. It would not retract until the weight-on-wheels switches were triggered but it enabled a rapid and snappy take-off when displaying an aircraft, with the gear going up immediately by itself, and that was probably what was happening here.

The only problem was, if the switches weren't rigged properly or some such similar malfunction, the gear would start retracting as soon as the selection was made resulting in a very red face and an expensive repair - oh, and a bit of explaining to do:o

And for those who didn't know, or notice, it is the cockpit of this Phantom (XV490) that was displayed at Newark's Cockpit Fest event last year. Hopefully, it should be still there for this year's event too:)

Anon.