Sometimes, it’s not just about the aircraft. There is also the support equipment that play vital roles behind the scenes. Cornwall Aviation Heritage Centre recently donated this hydraulic systems trainer to the BPAG, which was previously installed in the Phantom Servicing School (PHSS) at Coningsby.

This rig has been used to train countless numbers of airframe technicians in the complexities of the hydraulic system as fitted to UK Phantoms and as it’s specific to the F-4K we can be fairly confident it’s the only one in existence. As such it is a unique and valuable addition to the group’s collection and we are extremely grateful to CAHC for their generosity. Special thanks also go to Matt Gilby, for the use of his trailer and towing vehicle and for driving the whole 700 mile round trip to Cornwall.