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76p F-4 Phantom
The McDonnell Douglas F-4 Phantom was one of the RAF’s principal combat aircraft from 1969 to the early 1990s. The UK was the first export customer for the Phantom which served in both the Fleet Air Arm and RAF in several roles including air defence, close air support, low-level strike and tactical reconnaissance.
Although assembled in the United States, the UK's Phantoms were built separately and contained a significant amount of British technology.
In May 1982, three Phantoms from 29 Squadron were forward deployed to RAF Wideawake on Ascension Island to provide air cover for the RAF's operations during the Falklands War. In August 1982, following the end of the conflict and the reconstruction of the runway a number of the aircraft were detached to RAF Stanley to provide air defence for the Falkland Islands until October 1988.
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