A89-310



Type: L-426 Neptune P2V-5/P-2E
MSN: 426-5111
Previous Identities: 133649
A89-236

History:

06APR51 Allotted serial number A89-236.
15AUG52 Renumbered A89-310.
24DEC52 Received 11SQN Pearce ex USA.
22FEB53 En route Richmond-Pearce, landed Woomera with a split hydraulic pipe.
26MAY55 One of five Neptunes (303, 309, 310, 311 & 312) selected for operations in Malaya. Evidently this did not proceed as the need for air power in the Malayan Emergency 1950-60 had diminished.
25JUN59 Departed for USA for Jet Pod Mod.
06OCT59 Returned from the USA.
13AUG60 Despatched to CAC, Avalon for Mod 208.
05SEP60 Despatched to 11SQN ex CAC.
17MAR61 Received CAC, Avalon for Mod 201.
14APR61 Received 11SQN ex CAC.
22MAR63 Operated Changi-Darwin. Captain Howard Morris and FLTLT Peck. (Source: Log book of Howard Morris)
23MAR63 En route Darwin-Richmond diverted to Mount Isa with a fuel leak. Blew two tyres on landing. Captain Howard Morris and PLTOFF Clarey. (Source: Log book of Howard Morris)
After departing Darwin for Richmond, a large fuel leak on the left hand side of the aircraft required the shutting down and feathering of the port piston engine. The jets were lighted and an emergency landing made at Mount Isa. After landing, reverse pitch was applied on the starboard piston engine and when the aircraft started to swing to the right, reverse pitch was deselected but there was no response and the prop stayed in reverse and the aeroplane continued to veer to the right side of the runway. Left brake was applied as the aircraft was about to go off the strip. This effected a left turn by the aeroplane and kept it on the strip but the left tyre blew which then caused the aeroplane to veer to the left hand side of the runway. Nose wheel steering was ineffective so just before going off the strip the pilot applied some right brake which straightened the aeroplane up again but the right hand tyre blew. At this stage, with no braking means being available, full rudder was applied to steer the aircraft off the runway to pull it up. Later investigation revealed that the aeroplane had been filled with fuel on the ground at Darwin where the aeroplane was very hot and the fuel was cool. On reaching altitude, the fuel started to heat up and the aeroplane cooled down and shrank so the petrol no longer fitted in the tanks and was coming out the relief valve through the overflow vent. It was impossible from any position on the aeroplane to see where the petrol was coming from so the only safe thing to do because of the fear of the sparks coming out of the exhaust on the port engine was to shut the engine down. At that moment that the engine was shut down, by pure chance, the fuel stopped coming out of the vent. (Source: Howard Morris interviewed by Greg Weir)
25MAR63 Operated Mount Isa-Richmond. Captain Howard Morris and SQNLDR Jessop. (Source: Log book of Howard Morris)
16MAR64 Despatched to CAC, Avalon for photographic design study.
24MAR64 Received 11SQN ex CAC.
20APR67 Issued to RSTT, Wagga as INST No 3.
01OCT70 Still held RSTT, Wagga.
03MAY77 Has been totally destroyed during the course of fire training.
29JUN77 Base SQN Wagga advise aircraft has been written off.

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
5 16DEC17
Added an image thanks to Bob Howe.
4 20NOV15
Added a reference to the Malayan Emergency 1950-60.
3 05NOV15
Added return date from the Jet Pod Mod.
2 07JUN12
Added details of a forced landing at Mount Isa in 1963. Also added 6 images thanks to Howard Morris and Greg Weir.
Added a colour image thanks to Philip Tracy.
1 24NOV02
Original issue.





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