|25MAY62||Received at 10SQN Townsville ex USA.|
|20MAY64||Despatched to CAC, Avalon for fitment of engine fire extinguishers (Mod 242).|
|30JUN64||Received at 10SQN ex CAC.|
|09JUL65||Received at 2AD for painting.|
|02AUG65||Received at 10SQN ex 2AD.|
|07JUL66||To 2AD for E service.|
|03NOV66||To 10SQN after E service.|
|14OCT68||Received at 2AD for Mod 321.|
|20NOV68||Received at 10SQN ex 2AD.|
|11DEC69||Allotted to 2AD for E service.|
|21MAY70||Allotted to 10SQN after E service.|
|09MAY73||To 2AD for E service.|
|24AUG73||To 10SQN after E service.|
|20OCT75||To 2AD for E service.|
|04FEB76||To 10SQN after E service.|
|27OCT76||Flew from Rockhampton to Townsville after an engine change. Earlier in the month, the aircraft had participated in Exercise Kangaroo II but it diverted to Rockhampton with engine failure. This is the last mention of the aircraft in the No. 10 Squadron Operations Record Book and may be its last flight.|
|07NOV77||To be retained at Townsville as a display aircraft complete with engines.|
|To RAAF Museum. Displayed on parade ground at RAAF Base Townsville. Engines were run periodically in early 90s.|
|03FEB12||Damaged in Cyclone Yasi.|
commenced utilising parts from A89-272 which was also damaged in the
When A89-272 was recovered by HARS in August 2017, included with the partially dismantled aircraft was the fin from A89-280, so evidently A89-272 gave up its fin for the restoration of A89-280.
|08NOV12||The restored aircraft was officially unveiled by the Mayor at the entrance to RAAF Base Townsville.|
Added an image thanks to Eric Allen.
Added an image thanks to Maurice Ritchie.
Added a reference to a fin swap with A89-272.
Added a lovely air-to-air image thanks to Phil Palmer.
Added details of E services. Added possible date of last flight.
Added an image of the aircraft on display at Townsville in 2005. Thanks to Ruud Leeuw.
Added a recent image thanks to Geoff Webber.
Added information on repairs after cyclone damage.
Expanded history from Status Card.