A89-304 The Carpetbaggers


Type: L-426 Neptune P2V-5/P-2E
MSN: 426-5092
Previous Identities: 133645


06APR51 Allotted serial number A89-545.
15AUG52 Renumbered A89-304.
06OCT52 Received 11SQN Pearce ex USA.
22MAR56 Upper turret canopy damaged in a storm at Richmond.
25JUL59 Departed for USA for Jet Pod Mod.
20OCT59 Returned from the USA.
18JAN60 Issued ex 2AD to CAC, Avalon for Mod 208.
04MAR60 Received 11SQN ex CAC, Avalon.
31MAR61 Received CAC, Avalon ex 11SQN for Mod 201.
29JUN61 Received 11SQN ex CAC, Avalon.
JAN65 Noted carrying the name Sqn. Ldr. Jack Ingate Crew A with a Squadron Leader's pennant under the cockpit on the left side. Below this was the name "The Carpetbaggers" (a movie released in 1964) in black outlined in green. By this time the aircraft was painted light grey. (Source: John Bennett)
18DEC67 Received at Hawker de Havilland, Bankstown for storage pending disposal decision.
13APR68 Hawker de Havilland, Bankstown advised that aircraft is to be converted to components and the residue declared for disposal.
NOV68 Broken up at Bankstown.


  • 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
5 02MAR16
Added an image of the name Carpetbaggers on the aeroplane. Thanks to Eric Allen.
4 27FEB16
Added an image thanks to Maurice Ritchie.
3 15NOV15
Added further details of the name "The Carpetbaggers" thanks to John Bennett.
2 05NOV15
Added return date from the Jet Pod Mod.
1 24NOV02
Original issue.

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