Phantom FGR.2 XV429/K with RAT deployed by Colin Smedley

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Phantom FGR.2 XV429/K with RAT deployed by 

Phantom FGR.2 XV429/K of 29 Squadron pictured on final approach to RAF Coningsby in 1982. The aircraft appears to have some kind of systems failure as the RAT (ram air turbine) is deployed. This turbine is slipstream driven and provides emergency electrical and hydraulic power.

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My real name is Colin but most people know me as Oscar. I took my first photos in the early 1950s and my favorite subjects are aircraft, natural history, trucks and traction engines. I use Canon EOS cameras and a mix of Canon and Sigma lenses. My website URL is

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  • Edward Denyer
    Edward Denyerover 2 years ago

    Great shot Colin. The RAT is more efficient if the nosewheel opens backwards – has been known to not fully deploy the nosewheel on some aeroplanes. – Ted

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