Five years ago today, on 19th November 2015, the newly formed British Phantom Aviation Group (in the shape of David Butterfield and Paul Wright) started preservation work on the cockpit section of XV490, which was located at Newark Air Museum and owned by Mike Davey.

12 months of hard work followed, which culminated in the restored cockpit being unveiled at Cockpit Fest 2016 and winning the ‘Grand Champion Award’. XV490 continues to be a popular exhibit at NAM and it has also attended numerous events around the UK including air displays, county fairs, re-enactment festivals and Armed Forces Day celebrations.

More information on the aircraft and its history can be found here and more pics are available in the XV490 Restoration Gallery.