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Phantom on waist catapult of HMS Ark Royal
Phantom landing

On this day 29 April 1968

Published: 29 Apr 2014

On this day 29 April 1968 First Phantom aircraft delivered to RNAS Yeovilton

In 1964, Phantoms were ordered for the Fleet Air Arm to serve as the primary fleet air defence aircraft, combined with a secondary strike capability.

The Royal Navy received its first four F-4K Phantoms, which received the British designation FG.1, on 29 April 1968. These were assigned to700P Naval Air Squadron, which was to serve as Intensive Flying Trials Unit. Upon completion of the successful flight trials, 767 Naval Air Squadron was commissioned 14 January 1969 as the FAA's training squadron.

It was originally intended that two operational Naval squadrons should be equipped, to operate from HMS Ark Royal and HMS Eagle and the planned new CVA1 carriers. However, for political reasons, the refitting of Eagle and the building of new carriers was cancelled so 892 Sqn was the only operational one formed, and operated Phantom F4K's from 31 March 1969 to December 1978. The total fleet was 28 aircraft.


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