A97-208


Type: L-182-1A Hercules C-130A-50-LM
MSN: 182-3208
Call Sign: VM-JLF
Previous Identities: 57-0501
Subsequent Identities: N2267N (NTU)
SH-3017 (NTU)
HK-3017X (NTU)
N4445V
TT-PAA

History:

08DEC58 Received by RAAF.
05JAN59 Received at 2AD for acceptance inspection.
27JAN59 Received at 86 Wing.
09JUN61 Despatched to Lockheed for fuel tank corrosion repairs.
20NOV61 Received at 86 Wing ex USA.
28SEP62 Received at 2AD for E service.
07DEC62 Received at 86 Wing ex 2AD.
08JAN63 Received at 2AD for mods.
01APR63 Received at 86 Wing ex 2AD.
02JUL64 Received at Qantas for wing repairs.
07AUG64 Received at 86 Wing ex Qantas.
15APR65 Received at 2AD ex 36SQN for Mods 109 and 115.
02JUN65 Received at 36SQN ex 2AD.
18SEP65 Damaged in a very heavy landing on the nosewheel while demonstrating a short field landing at the Laverton Air Display. The aircraft was inspected and the nose gear was chained-down through inspection apertures and flown back to Richmond, unpressurised, on 20th Sept. Stress damage was found to have transmitted for about three feet to the rear of the nosewheel bulkhead causing shallow corrugations of the skin, bent sub-structure and pulled rivets. I saw it on jacks in the hangar at 486 (M) Sqn so I think they did the repairs. (Source: Jack "Jockey" Fordyce)
20SEP65 Flown unpressurised from Laverton to Richmond. (Source: Jack "Jockey" Fordyce)
06OCT65 Received at 2AD ex 36SQN for repairs following the heavy landing on 18SEP65.
02FEB66 Received at 36SQN ex 2AD.
18AUG66 Received at 2AD for Mod 125.
19SEP66 Received at 36SQN ex 2AD.
10OCT66 Despatched to Qantas for E service.
17JAN67 Received at 36SQN ex Qantas.
05AUG68 Received at 2AD for wing repairs. (There is no date recorded for its return to 36SQN).
17NOV70 Received at Qantas for ADS.
22DEC70 Issued to 36SQN.
06MAR72 Received at Qantas for repairs.
28MAR72 Issued to 36SQN.
29NOV72 Allotted to 2AD for wing repairs.
12APR73 Allotted to 36SQN.
16MAY73 Received at Qantas for ADS.
25JUN73 Allotted to 36SQN.
19NOV73 Allotted to 486SQN.
31JUL74 Allotted to 2AD for wing repairs.
03SEP74 Allotted to 486SQN.
21FEB78 Allotted to Qantas for ADS.
29MAR78 Still with Qantas.
24MAY78 Registration application from Global Jet Sales/Parmax, Fort Worth, Texas as N2267N (NTU).
18JUN83 Seen at Laverton, Vic as HK-3017X which was not taken up. This registration was re-allocated to A97-216. A97-208 was previously painted as SH-3017 but this was deleted.
89 While A97-207 was being prepared for delivery ex Avalon in 1989, it was discovered that the data plate had been over-stamped to change the USAF serial from 57-0500 to 57-0501 i.e. A97-208 which had been exported in NOV83. The constructor's number was unchanged as the US authorities used only the USAF serial number in their paperwork. (Source: Bob Maddern)
23AUG83 To Ford & Vlahos, San Francisco as N4445V.
04SEP83 Sold to the French Government.
14SEP83 Cancelled from US Register on sale to France.
03NOV83 Departed Richmond, NSW as N4445V to the French Government.
13DEC83 Seen at Paris, Le Bourget as TT-PAA with the Chad Air Force.
20JUN93 Seen parked at Istanbul as TT-PAA.
99 Ferried to France and subsequently broken up. (Source: Col Tigwell)


ABBREVIATIONS
ADS Anti-Deterioration Servicing
AMTDU Air Movements Training & Development Unit
DAS Department of Administrative Services
NTU Not Taken Up
2AD No 2 Aircraft Depot, RAAF Richmond


Issue Date Remarks
6 09APR16
Refreshed page layout with no change to data.
5 13MAY12
Added details of a change to the data plate of A97-207. Thanks to Bob Maddern who discovered the anomaly.
4 18APR07
Jack "Jockey" Fordyce has clarified the circumstances relating to nosewheel repairs with a first-hand account of a heavy landing on 18SEP56. Jack was the Flight Engineer on this flight. Thanks Jack.
3 04APR06
Added details of final fate. Thanks to Col Tigwell.
2 16DEC02
Added details from RAAF status card.
Added several new images.



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