A89-302

 

Type: L-426 Neptune P2V-4/P2V-5/P-2E
MSN: 426-5021
Previous Identities: 133640
A89-595
Owner: RAAF Museum, Point Cook, VIC.

History:

06APR51 Serial number A89-595 allotted.
12OCT51 Belly landed at Lake Muroc when starboard main gear would not lower.
22OCT51 Flown from Muroc to Alameda for further repairs.
04NOV51 Departed California on delivery to Australia.
21NOV51 Received at No 1 Aircraft Depot, Laverton, Vic.
30NOV51 Received at No 11 Squadron Pearce.
15AUG52 To be renumbered A89-302.
22AUG52 Renumbered A89-302 "as part of a simplified numbering system".
08OCT53 A89-302 departed Pearce for Cocos Island to provide a radio link for aircraft participating in the London-Christchurch Air Race. The aircraft was crewed by:
Flt Lt G. Michael (Captain)
Flg Off G.P. Watkin (Pilot)
Sqn Ldr R. Heathcote (Signaller)
Flg Off M. Nestor (Navigator)
Flt Sgt P.H. Stephens (Navigator)
W Off A.K. Crooks (Signaller)
Sgt J.A. Treadwell (Signaller)
(Source: Unit History Sheets No. 11 Sqn)

Photo of A89-302 on Cocos Island.
09OCT53 A89-302 arrived back at Pearce from Cocos Island. Total flying time: 18 hours.
22MAR56 Damaged in a storm at Richmond.
19JUN59 Received at 2AD, Richmond for preparation for ferry flight to Ontario, California for conversion to P2V-5F standards (Jet Pod Modification).
25JUN59 Departed for USA for Jet Pod Mod.
20OCT59 Returned from the USA.
17JUN60 Received at CAC, Avalon for Mod 208.
JUL60 Returned to 11 Sqn.
31MAR61 Received at CAC, Avalon for Mod 201.
05MAY61 Received at 11 Sqn ex CAC.
62 Redesignated P-2E.
28JUN63 Received at 2AD, Richmond ex 11 Sqn for corrosion repairs.
15NOV63 Received at 11 Sqn ex 2AD.
07MAR67 Allotted to the RAAF School of Technical Training at Wagga Wagga, NSW for conversion to an instructional aid as INST No 2.
20MAR67 Issued to RSTT Wagga.
10JUN74 Being restored by RSTT for unit display purposes. Aircraft is in generally good condition but short of some components.
28JUL75 It was reported that the aircraft had been inadvertently used as a fire training aid. Its condition is poor and approximately 500 man days will be required to restore the aircraft.
25AUG75 Neptunes A89-302 and A89-301 are to be assessed with a view to restoring A89-302 as an item of historical interest.
SEP75 Damage to A89-302 is considerable and disposal as scrap is recommended. It is further recommended that one of the current Neptunes be used as a museum piece.
01FEB77 Still held at Wagga.
01DEC80 Held at Base Sqn Wagga/RSTT with R-3350 #562837 & #562842 and J-34 #201171
01AUG83 Still held at Wagga.
85 The aircraft was photographed at Wagga painted light grey. Given photographic evidence that the aeroplane was still painted Sea Blue when it was delivered to Wagga as Instructional Neptune No 2, it is concluded that the aircraft was subsequently repainted Light Gull Grey at Wagga, possibly in 1974. By the time the aircraft was delivered to the RAAF Museum it was again Sea Blue so evidently it was repainted a second time while at Wagga.
DEC85 Still held Wagga.
DEC88 Still held Wagga.
14SEP97 Due to be trucked from Wagga to Point Cook for restoration by the RAAF Museum. As of May 1998, most of the airframe was still at Wagga although some components had been trucked to Point Cook.
FEB00 Major airframe components sighted at Laverton. Remainder of the aircraft is at Point Cook.
25MAR12 The fuselage was moved from external storage at Laverton to the RAAF Museum at Point Cook. (Source: AA May 2012)

 

Notes

  • The first two aircraft (A89-301 & 302) were commenced as P2V-4 but were brought up close to P2V-5 standard on the production line. Nevertheless, there were differences between these two aircraft and the following ten, principally in their electrical systems.
  • Initially, RAAF serials were "scrambled" for security reasons.
  • Mark 1 - Initially all P2V-5 were designated as Mark 1.
  • Mark 2 - With the removal of the nose and tail turrets and the addition of a clear nose and a MAD boom, the aircraft were redesignated as Mark 2.
  • Mark 3 - With the removal of the dorsal turret they were redesignated as Mark 3.
  • Mark 4 - With the addition of Westinghouse J34 jet pods they were redesignated P2V-5F Mark 4.
  • In 1962 the P2V-5 designation was changed to P-2E in line with USN designations.
  • All P2V-5/P-2E served with No 11 Squadron RAAF, initially at Pearce, WA but by 31MAY54 the squadron had completed its move to Richmond, NSW.



Issue Date Remarks
11 10JUN16
Added an image of the aircraft at Wagga in 1985 painted light gull grey. Thanks to Marty Watson.
10 12MAR16
Added a reference to the aircraft assisting in the London to Christchurch Air Race in October 1953.
9 27FEB16
Added an image thanks to Maurice Ritchie.
8 05NOV15
Added return date from the Jet Pod Mod.
7 02JUN12
The fuselage has been moved from Laverton to Point Cook.
6 23AUG05
Deleted reference to 11 Sqn being at Richmond when the aircraft was delivered. At this time the squadron was still at Pearce.
5 25NOV02
History expanded from Status Card.



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