Historic jet saved for posterity

The Black Mike Phantom Jet.
The Black Mike Phantom Jet.

A piece of aviation history from RAF Leuchars has been saved from disappearing into a private collection or worse, being scrapped.

But while the group of aircraft buffs behind the move to secure the Phantom Fg1 XV582, better known as Black Mike because of its distinctive all-black livery, had its auction bid accepted, it now has the task of raising the £38,000 needed to cover the cost of the purchase and transporting the jet from Leuchars to Bruntingthorpe Airfield, Leicestershire.

Now, the group has appealed for anyone who had been “sitting on the fence waiting to see if we had a chance of succeeding” to give support to see the project through.

Black Mike earned its iconic status back in 1988 when it became the first RAF Phantom to pass 5000 flying hours. The a milestone was achieved during a record-breaking flight that set a new speed record between Land’s End and John O’Groats, completing the 590-mile flight in 46 minutes and 44 seconds at an average speed of 757mph. Until 2011, Black Mike was used as a ‘gate guardian’ at the base but has been in storage since ever since.

You can donate to the fundraising at www.gofundme.com/Save-Black-Mike.