|Type:||L-426 Neptune P2V-5/P-2E|
|06APR51||Allotted serial number A89-225.|
|30JAN53||Received 11SQN Pearce ex USA.|
|10OCT53||A89-311 (Flt Lt G.R. Cullen) departed Pearce for Cocos Island with a spare tyre for Canberra A84-202 (Wg Cdr Cuming) which had blown a tyre while participating in the London to Christchurch Air Race. (Source: 1)|
|11OCT53||A89-311 returned to Pearce from Cocos Island. (Source: 1)|
Mark 2 Conversion
|15DEC54||Received at 2AD ex 11SQN for Mk 2 conversion. (Source: 2)|
|MAR55||2AD advised 11SQN that the target date for delivery of the first MAD converted aircraft (A89-311) was 22APR55. (Source: 1)|
|05MAY55||Received at 11SQN ex 2AD. (Source: 2)|
|26MAY55||"Verbal advice received from W/Cdr Barrett at Department of Air that this aircraft has been selected for operations in Malaya." Aircraft selected were A89-303, 309, 310, 311 and 312. There is no further mention of Malaya so evidently these plans were dropped. (Source: 2)|
|12JAN57||Vibration in starboard engine necessitated an immediate landing at Richmond.|
|26MAY58||As a result of a heavy landing at Nowra, the nosewheel collapsed and the prop tips were damaged.|
|23JUN58||Allotted to 2AD for repair.|
|21AUG59||Allotted 11SQN ex 2AD.|
Mark 4 Conversion
|25SEP59||Departed for USA for Jet Pod Mod.|
|31DEC59||Returned from the USA.|
|15FEB60||Despatched to CAC, Avalon for Mod 208.|
|18MAR60||Despatched to 11SQN ex CAC.|
|16JUN61||Received at CAC, Avalon for Mod 201.|
|07JUL61||Received at 11SQN ex CAC.|
|16FEB62||Received at 2AD for skin repair.|
|02MAR62||Despatched to 11SQN ex 2AD.|
|JAN65||Noted carrying the name Flt/Lt Eric Peck AFC Crew C under the cockpit on the left side. Below this was the name La Dolce Vita (a movie released in 1960) in light blue above a pair of orange lips. Beneath this in red was "Pat Mackie's Crew" which is believed to be a reference to an infamous union leader involved in a 1964 dispute at the Mount Isa mines. By this time the aircraft was painted light grey. (Source: John Bennett)|
|10MAR67||Three aircraft departed Richmond for Darwin (overnight) and NAS Sangley Point, Philippines for SEATO Exercise SIYASAT. The aircraft were A89-309, 311 and 312. The aircraft arrived at Sangley Point on 11MAR67 with A89-309 making an emergency landing with main hydraulic system failure.|
|16MAR67||A89-311 and A89-312 participated with other nation's aircraft in a flypast for President Marcos.|
|17MAR67||A89-309, 311 and 312 departed Sangley Point for Darwin (overnight) returning to Richmond on 18MAR67.|
|26SEP67||A89-311 searched for the wreckage of Mirage III A3-52 which crashed at Gloucester, NSW on 25SEP67. The pilot ejected and was rescued on 25SEP67. This is the last recorded Neptune operation in the 11SQN ORB but evidently not all flights were recorded as the Squadron was preoccupied with the introduction of the P-3B Orion.|
|18DEC67||Received at Hawker de Havilland, Bankstown for storage pending a decision on disposal.|
|29MAY69||By this date the aircraft was 80% converted to components.|
|OCT69||Tenders closed for removal ex Hawker de Havilland, Bankstown. The aircraft was subsequently broken up at Bankstown.|
|NAA, RAAF Unit History sheets (Form A50) [Operations Record Book - Forms A50 and A51] Number 11 Squadron Nov 50 - Jun 67, Series number A9186.|
|RAAF Form E/E.88 Record Card.|
Added a reference to operations in Malaya at 26MAY55. Added details of Mk 2 conversion.
Added a reference to Exercise Siysat in MAR67.
Added a reference at 26SEP67.
Added a reference to the aircraft assisting in the London to Christchurch Air Race in OCT53.
Added a reference to the Malayan Emergency 1950-60. Also added a reference to the Mk 2 conversion.
Added further details of the name "La Dolce Vita" thanks to John Bennett.
Added return date from the Jet Pod Mod.