Air Commodore (ret’d) Dr Peter Gray of the University of Birmingham will discuss ‘The Mighty Phantom: Personal Recollections of the F-4 during the Cold War’ as part of the RAF Museum’s Cold War Lunchtime Lecture Series.


In this talk Air Commodore (ret’d) Dr Peter Gray – a former Phantom navigator – will share some of his memories (and grainy old photos!) of his tours on the F-4 in the UK, Germany and the Falklands in 1982. He will cover some of the early history, weapons developments, operations (including Quick Reaction Alert and Battleflight) and training.


This lecture will be held in the National Cold War Exhibition Auditorium at RAF Museum Cosford at 12:30PM on Friday 19 February 2016.


This lecture is free of charge however we do ask that you pre-book a free ticket as seats are limited. Booking is quick and easy, we just need some basic contact information.



Dr Peter Gray retired from the Royal Air Force in June 2008, having reached the rank of Air Commodore; he took up the position of Senior Research Fellow in Air Power Studies at the University of Birmingham on 1st September 2008. He spent his early career as a navigator on the F4 Phantom aircraft and, more recently, commanded No. 101 Squadron flying VC10K tanker aircraft. He has spent two staff tours in the personnel field followed by a lengthy sojourn in the Cabinet Office, several appointments in the Ministry of Defence and has served as Director of Defence Studies for the Royal Air Force. He is a graduate of the Higher Command and Staff Course and was assistant director on the 2001 programme. Gray holds degrees from the Universities of Dundee, London, Cambridge and Birmingham (PhD). He is a Fellow of the Royal Aeronautical Society, the Royal Historical Society and of the Institute of Leadership and Management. His latest book, Air Warfare: History, Theory and Practice was published in 2015.


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