Aircraft Type Photo
BELOW: A 43 Squadron RAF Phantom FG1 formerly attached to RAF Leuchars.
Photo: US Defense Visual Information system photo DF-ST-82-04399 [Wikipedia]
The McDonnell Douglas Phantom was produced for both the Royal Air Force and the Royal Navy.
Photo: 1974/75 U.S. Navy Naval Aviation News March 1975 [Wikipedia]
This file is a work of a sailor or employee of the U.S. Navy, taken or made during the course of the person's official duties. As a work of the U.S. Federal Government, the image is in the public domain. [Wikipedia]
Aircraft Type and Background
RAF McDonnell Douglas FG1 (F-4K) Phantom / XT866/O
Originally designed for the US Navy, the Phantom FG1 featured on this page was one of a number built to meet a British (MoD) contract. The MoD had ordered these Phantoms from the US to serve both with the Royal Air Force and the Royal Navy.
The Royal Navy version of the Phantom was intended to replace the de Havilland Sea Vixen, and 48 were later delivered to the RN for deployment to aircraft carriers.
Other versions of the Phantom FG1 were delivered to the RAF and were allocated to No. 43 Squadron (now disbanded) based at RAF Leuchars. It is one of this squadron's Phantoms that is featured on this page.
Aircraft Accident Details
The full record of this accident could not be found at the moment, since the MoD / RAF are in the process of moving their information on this and other aircraft to a new website.
However, it is understood that the Phantom crashed, due in part to an instrument failure while on final approach to RAF Leuchars. The aircraft had been on a night flight when it crashed a short distance from the runway. On impact with the ground, the Phantom cart-wheeled across the runway and caught fire.
The pilot and navigator ejected before the crash.
Due to its close proximity to RAF Leuchars, it is believed that all wreckage from the aircraft was either recovered or buried.
The pilot and navigator managed to eject safely before the aircraft crashed. The names of the crew were:
Sqn Ldr R L Dixon
F/O M R L Syndercombe
Crash Site Photos
Crash Date / Site
Registration or Serial: XT866/O
Operator: RAF (43 Squadron / The Fighting Cocks. Disbanded July 2009)
Operating Station: RAF Leuchars.
Station Location: Leuchars (9.5km / 6 miles from St Andrews), Fife, Scotland.
Current Station Status:
RAF operations will cease in 2013. The station will then be taken over by the army.
Current Station Name (Until Closure): RAF Leuchars
Principal airport data courtesy of John Woodside, A Catalogue of UK Airfields
Accident Specific Link
Recovered wreckage at Aircraft and Airshows Past (Faygate Aircraft Scrapyard c.1985. Phantom XT866 photo is 4th row, left-hand-side. Click photo to enlarge. Photos taken by Richard Hall.)
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M.D. Phantom XT866/O
RAF Leuchars, Fife