|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".|
departed Pearce for Cocos Island to provide a radio link for aircraft
participating in the London-Christchurch Air Race. The aircraft was
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.|
|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)|
Added an image of the aircraft at Wagga in 1985 painted light gull grey. Thanks to Marty Watson.
Added a reference to the aircraft assisting in the London to Christchurch Air Race in October 1953.
Added an image thanks to Maurice Ritchie.
Added return date from the Jet Pod Mod.
The fuselage has been moved from Laverton to Point Cook.
Deleted reference to 11 Sqn being at Richmond when the aircraft was delivered. At this time the squadron was still at Pearce.
History expanded from Status Card.