Widely distributed wartime photo of T3316. It was with 272 Sqn based at Idku (Edku) on the Mediterranean coast of Egypt. That the photo found its way to Australia suggests the crew may have included an Australian but that detail is not recorded. Photo from: National Library of Australia
XV582 was delivered to the RAF in 1969 and served 43(F) Sqdn, 111 Sqdn and lastly 228 OCU. On 24.2.88, it made a record-breaking Lands End-John O'Groats run averaging 757 mph, at the same time becoming the first RAF Phantom to pass the 5,000 hr mark. For the 30th anniversary of Treble-One's "Black Arrows" and to mark the final years of FG.1 service, this striking livery was applied in 1989. After several appearances on the display circuit and final grounding, "Black Mike" was preserved at Leuchars before a move to Cosford in October 2017 in the care of the British Phantom Aviation Group.
This now privately owned Gazelle retains her previous RAF colour scheme and reg, XX382, and put in an appearance at the British Aerobatic Association John McLean Trophy competition. (Canon PowerShot Pro 1)