The Phantomeers



Welcome to the Phantomeers Website!

At last I've managed to get a bit of work done on the Gallery. All the flying units are now populated and the Station links will be filled shortly. Then I'll get around to filling the backlog of stuff thats been regularly flowing in! The site should be fully accesible from your tablet or Smartphone, so make the most of showing your mates! As always, if you have something you think would be of interest to the Phantomeers, please send it in here and I'll really try to get it on the site!

I have had a few nil returns from mail servers during a recent mail rush I did for the upcoming reunion. Could you check your entry on the membership list and if there is an amber background on your entry, please contact me with a new address if you wish to have any updates in the future.

If you have joined the merry throng and, bearing in mind that there is a reunion coming up, you haven't sent in a recent picture of yourself so that you can be recognised in your elderly guize, feel free and I'll amend your entry.

Pete Lett

Pete Lett, ex-ASF Leuchars Phantom Rigger, was unfortunately killed on Sunday 4th March whilst testing a 100-year-old oil-powered engine at Heckington Mill in Lincolnshire, when his sleeve became entangled. He had been a volunteer there for over 4 years. According to the papers, he had been instrumental in restoring the engine which acted as an outdoor milling demonstration for visitors who could not climb stairs into the actual working windmill.

Pete’s widow Ann, has asked us to let you all know that Pete’s funeral will be taking place as follows ;-

Thursday 22nd March 2018

13:00  Longholt Wood

13:45  Ruskington Methodist Church

Pete Lett

Our thoughts are with his family and friends at this time.

Phantomeers Beer Call 2018

Instead of a formal reunion, it has been thought that a bloody big Beer Call would suffice for this year's get together (and probably more in keeping with the clientele!)

So, the place is still to be decided (probably in the middle of the country - Harrogate or Leeds, etc ) but the date for your diaries is definitely the 7/8th Sep 2018.

Loads of places to stay, just as many pubs (including a 'Spoons just around the corner from the Travelodge) and fairly central in the country with a railway station a few miles from York on the East Coast mainline.

The idea is just a get together to blether and quaff a few ales. We're looking at getting a "buffet" type meal together in a pub somewhere with a back room so we don't bother the locals too much (!!).

So, I've set up a thread on the forum for people to air their views. There may be an email bounce to get people to look at it.


Ulster Aviation Society

23 MU & Phantomeers Reunion

The Ulster Aviation Society is hosting a reunion of former members of 23 MU, RAF Aldergrove, who worked on Phantoms 1968-76 (or so!).  The reunion will take place on 28 April, 2018,  1300 hrs, to be held in conjunction with the unveiling of our restored Phantom FG1 (XT864; ex-FAA and RAF).  They have limited room for 250 ex-23 MU folks, first come first served, free to all ex-23 MU but by invitation only.  They've a collection of 30+ vintage aircraft, largest such museum in all Ireland. More information on our group at our website, and more details re tickets, plus the reunion itself by contacting thier PRO at the email address below.

Stephen Riley, Public Relations Officer
Ulster Aviation Society

More Phantom Memories

Imps and Aces

Bren Murphy's new book "Imps and Aces - Tales of a Phantom Phixer", is now published on Amazon Kindle.

It's the twelve year autobiography of his time in the RAF on Tooms in the 70's and 80's, from join up to demob.

As his time was mainly on 29, 19 and 23, plus the MCS bays, many of you may remember him and the events (mostly humorous, some tragic) he relates.

So, take a stroll down memory lane, get a bit of nostalgia, and he really does need to buy an Aston Martin!!!


First Phantom

Brit Spook


This website has been created to further contact and information between all the Royal Air Force aircraft engineers that have served on the McDonnell Douglas F4 Phantom II aircraft from 1968 at RAF Coningsby until its demise in 1992 at RAF Wattisham.

Registered Members - 750
Last Site Update - 18 Mar 2018

Having been born out of an idea for a reunion of ex-Phantom techies, The Phantomeers has grown to over 750 strong with service dates ranging from the mid- sixties right up to the end of the Phantom Era. If you worked on the "Tomb" and would like to get in touch with some of your old workmates, go to the Members page and fill in the form to get on the members list. As well as trying to put old friends back in touch with each other, the site is also interested in all things Phantom from its time within the RAF. If you have any interesting items, do send them in.

British Phantoms Phorever!

Barry (Baz) Humm

Jim Kerr just just posted up on the 43 Sqn FB site that unfortunately Barry (Baz) Humm passed away in the early hours of the 7th Mar 2018 at St Nicholas Hospice at West Bury St Edmunds Hospital.

Barry had suffered with cancer for a few years, went into remission, but sadly it returned with a vengeance.

Barry’s funeral will be at the West Suffolk Crematorium, Risby, at 1pm on Thursday 29th March.

Our thoughts are with his wife Lesley and family.

43(F) Phantom Art

Matthew Emeny is an artist from Suffolk UK and has been commissioned to paint a 43 Squadron PHANTOM F4 intercepting a Tupolev. (Click on image for larger version).

43 Phantom Emeny Art

The painting is now complete. He thought it would be quite fitting to approach the Phantomeers and give all those with a connection to the Phantom and also 43 squadron the opportunity to reserve a low numbered print. Once the painting is complete; there will be a limited edition run of 250 signed and numbered prints, priced at £35 + postage. Size is expected to be A3+ including borders. (each print will come with a certificate of authenticity)

There is a reserve list currently in place which he would like to give our members the opportunity to add their names first before it goes out to the wider public.

Should anyone like to add their name to the list, simply contact him directly by sending him an email to:

Please make sure that you mention you are a member of the Phantomeers association in your email.

You can view more of his work, which includes other aviation paintings, by visiting his website at:

If you have any questions at all, then please do not hesitate to contact Matthew personally.

A New Book from Ian Black!

A new edition from Firestreak Publishing, featuring our beloved Phantom is:

F4UK 1968-1992

The book is chock full of superb images from various photographers all the way from the prototype, through every Squadron, up until it's demise in 1992. Ian Black, himself, was a Nav on 19(F) Sqn in Germany before completing pilot training and flying Lightning, Tornado F3 and Mirage 2000 on an exchange tour in France.

He is pleased to offer members of the Phantomeers FREE P&P if you order on-line using the link below - just mention where you saw the link!

More gen can be found here.

This is for information only - it is not available through this website!

Q Sheds, Wattisham

Low Fly Phantom
Sunset Phantom

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