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Warbirds Online was on hand to see HARS take delivery of one of its most ambitious projects yet with the formal handover of former RAAF Lockheed Orion AP-3C A9-753 from Chief of Air Force Air Marshal Leo Davies AO CSC on Friday 3rd November 2017. HARS will operate this aircraft from its Albion Park complex in company with the rest of its large fleet of aircraft including a direct line of other RAAF Patrol aircraft including the Consolidated Catalina and the Lockheed Neptune. HARS President, Bob De La Hunty made the observation that HARS was honored to have been entrusted with this aircraft and was very appreciative of the efforts of all concerned (including the Australian and USA Governments) in the approval to acquire and operate the Orion – a first worldwide and the product of a huge amount of work. Air Marshal Davies commented on the extensive history of this Orion and of the type in general with the RAAF including the participation of A9-753 in numerous search and rescue missions and also revealed that he had flown this aircraft on many occasions as an RAAF pilot earlier in his career and was very pleased to see it going to a good home. HARS are very proud of this acquisition and are looking forward to the future display of the aircraft around Australia. It will be a great sight to see the Catalina, Neptune and Orion in the air together representing 3 generations of Maritime patrol and anti-Submarine aircraft in service spanning 79 years!
To read the big report on Lockheed Orion A9-753 handover go to our website at http://bit.ly/2lVo8Id #warbirds #avgeek #aviationphotography #aviationmuseum #coldwar #lockheedorion #p3orion
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We know you would like an update on the restoration of CAC Boomerang CA-12 A46-54 by Greg Batts at Archerfield, Qld. Since our last visit the largest milestone achieved is the refitting of the wings which allows for the completion of some of the wiring, control routing, flap set up and hydraulic components finalizing. The wing reconnection also allows for accurate measurement of the aircraft to ensure all dimensions and angles are correct. Once all the plumbing and wiring is complete the wings will be removed one last time for the road trip to Caboolture for A46-54’s first flight in over 70 years – hopefully before the aircrafts 75thAnniversary next year.
Some ancillaries and other components are also being made ready for A46-54 including the complex cockpit canopy. Greg is currently rebuilding the canopy for A46-77 and it has required quite a lot of adjustment to enable an accurate fit to #77’s cockpit rails and screen and is particularly time consuming. Another time consuming task for A46-54 has been the fitting of the cooling gills in the engine cowlings. Greg has also progressed work on 2 other Boomerangs in the workshop recently with more of the metalwork on the fuselage of CA-12 A46-77 being advanced and the tail wheel assembly being completed. Initial strip down work on CA-12 A46-55 has commenced in preparation for a new wooden shell to be completed.
There’s so much news to share about the restoration of these great #Warbirds – more details & more great photos are on our website at http://bit.ly/2vcAgFL #keepthemflying #avgeek #aviationphotography #WWIIaircraft

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Where is one of the largest stores of Warbird and aviation parts in Australia? Well it’s the HARS storage facility at Parkes NSW. HARS regularly acquires container loads of spare parts for its aircraft as they become available when aircraft are retired from service & these materials sustain the flying fleet of HARS aircraft for many years of future service. Warbirds Online was on hand with other volunteers who were organising & cataloguing the veritable Aladdin’s cave of aviation related material. Today we share a few of the photos of the contents at the facility.
Want to know more about what else is stored at the HARS storage facility? Then to be in the know you have go to our website at http://bit.ly/2rLiXbt

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See Fast & Furious BAC 84 Jet Provost T.5A VH-JPV at http://bit.ly/2tfOLGW #coldwar #warbirds
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Today we feature the CAC Boomerang to commemorate Anzac Day & start with an update on the CAC Boomerang restorations being undertaken by Greg Batts of Combat Aircraft Constructions at Archerfield, Qld. On Saturday 25th of March 2017 Greg held an open day at his new workshop facility at Archerfield. This was a particularly significant day for the function as it marked the 74thanniversary of the first flight of Greg’s own aircraft CAC Boomerang CA-12 A46-54. A good crowd of Boomerang enthusiasts attended on the day to inspect the work being done on the 4 resident Boomerangs and other components.
Most significant is the progress being made on A46-54. A recent much awaited milestone was the fitting of the aircrafts Pratt & Whitney R-1830-90 Twin Wasp 14 Cylinder radial engine of 1,200 hp (895 kW). Now the engine has been refitted to A46-54 work can proceed on the connections from the engine to firewall, oil tank and center section. Final detail fit out of items in the cockpit and fuselage will take place as all this happens including the finalizing of the electrics. The wooden fuselage shell will be refitted once the full inspection of the aircraft is carried out, followed by a full paint scheme.
At the time of our last visit A46-249 a CA-19, the last Boomerang constructed, was being worked on for The Old Aeroplane Company of Tyabb Victoria. Work on the fuselage of this aircraft concluded in August last and the fuselage was returned to its base for work to continue towards a flying restoration. CAC CA-12 A46-55, the next aircraft off the production line after Greg’s own aircraft has been in storage for some time and has now emerged from its container to have work commence on its restoration. A46-55 is one of the most complete Boomerang projects left unrestored and is thus an excellent basis for a flying restoration in the future. CAC CA-12 Boomerang A46-77 has also progressed extremely well with much of the structural work on the fuselage now completed and all of the difficult detail metalwork being finalized around the forward end of the fuselage and cockpit. The work on the stainless steel firewall in particular is spectacular – the sliding canopy overhaul is underway
Last of the 4 Boomerangs on the workshop floor is CA-12 A46-92 for Rod Provan. With work centered on structural work on the fuselage and correct fit of the completed lower rear monocoque pan. Work is expected to accelerate on this aircraft and it is expected that the center section for this aircraft will follow that of A46-77 into the jig.
This update is just a summary with a small sample of photos. If you want to be in the know on the work being done to restore these iconic Australian #Warbirds then go to our website news item at http://bit.ly/2pbOTIy

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Warbirds Online recently visited Caboolture Qld to view the major service being performed on Mustang A68-110, a CA-18 Mk.21, built at CAC Fisherman’s Bend, Construction No 1435 now registered as VH-MFT. We last reported on this aircraft undergoing maintenance in 2014. However on this occasion the Mustang is having a much deeper program of work carried out which will see every assembly on the machine dismantled and refurbished.
At the time of our visit the team at Complete Air Care was very well advanced in their work and it was quite interesting to see portions of the aircraft which seldom see the light of day exposed and being assessed for the work schedule. The tail had been removed as well as a myriad if fixtures, panels and fittings. Soon the Packard Merlin engine will be removed and the mainplane will follow allowing the complete airframe to be fully inspected and repaired as necessary as well as replacing a thousand and one consumable items such as cables, hoses and clips.
The assessment and dismantling is not yet completed but will soon be finished and the refurbishment gets under way at full speed. “Snifter “as the aircraft is named was completely restored and rebuilt in 2002 and this is the most comprehensive maintenance program carried out on the aircraft since. This Mustang is a “working “ aircraft in as much as it constantly flies at Airshows and taking customers on Warbird flights around the country and completes many flight cycles each and every year. It is natural that an aircraft utilized to this extent will require a comprehensive refurbishment at some time in its service and now is this time for this Mustang.
The extensive schedule of work is being undertaken by Dave Kingshott and the team at Complete Aircraft Care who have maintained the aircraft for some years in the very hangar it was restored in in 2002. The refurbishment task is expected to take at least until March in 2017. Once completed "Snifter" will resume her work as a Warbird Flight experience machine for paying passengers, attending many airshows across the country where she is a very popular performer.
Warbirds Online thanks Dave Kingshott and his team for allowing us to visit her rebuild and we will continue to monitor her progress in the coming months.
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There has been some very significant progress on the airframe restoration of Jack McDonald’s Hawker Demon, particularly the fitting of the woodwork on the fuselage. Since our last report in May 2016 most of the woodwork has been undertaken by very talented volunteer, Dave Saunders and the quality of the work and progress is excellent. All of the timber frames are now manufactured and fitted to the fuselage, as well as most of the upper fuselage stringers. In addition, the fuselage side access doors have been manufactured and fitted. The fuselage access doors are hinged and provide access to the internals (including the radios) of the fuselage once the aircraft receives its fabric covering. There's more news & photos about this restoration on our website – follow the link and get the full update at http://bit.ly/2c4uXC8.
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2016-09-11
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Today we share our report and photos of the Brisbane Valley Airshow at Watts Bridge Qld held on the 26th & 27th of August 2016. The Watts Bridge Memorial Airfield is an historic ex WW11 airfield and is located about 130 kms North West of Brisbane, Qld. The airfield houses an eclectic range of Warbirds, classic veteran aircraft and general aviation machines and sits in a beautiful rural valley overlooked by mountains. For some years the airfield has hosted some very impressive... fly-ins however on this occasion it was the first time it had been the venue for a fully-fledged airshow. The airshow strives to showcase South East Queensland based aircraft to highlight the diversity and richness of the local Queensland Aviation scene. There was an excellent attendance of aircraft over the two days of the event, both Warbirds and classic. Today we share some highlights of the aircraft on display. More news & photos on the airshow are on our website at http://bit.ly/2bY2z4x
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2016-09-11
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Warbirds Online has been heavily involved in the recovery and restoration of DHC 4 Caribou A4-228 from Oakey,Qld. Regular readers will be aware that the aircraft arrived at Australian Aviation Heritage Centre - QLD based at Caboolture Qld after a monster move from Oakey on the 24th of June 2016.
In the two months since the arrival AAHCQ volunteers have been hard at work on restoring and reassembling the Caribou. The aircraft was carefully dismantled in June and the process o...f reassembly has begun in earnest with a complete cleaning of the airframe and Pratt and Whitney R2000 engines which had a healthy layer of dirt and congealed oil covering them.
The reassembly process starts with the tail being reattached. This component had to be de riveted and removed to allow the aircraft to be transported as previously reported. The tail was detached at the joint point to the rear of the cargo ramp. The tail has been cleaned and over the past few days has been refitted by AAHCQ Volunteers who have travelled from far and wide across Australia to get the “old bird” back up and pristine again. This has entailed careful alignment and refitting of the tail and much riveting of the components back together which was completed today. Even the Warbirds Online Editor took his turn on the rivet gun and dolly stitching up the old girl as good as new. There are 750 rivets required in this process alone but the end result was very satisfying and it was an excellent skill to acquire for the volunteers under the supervision of Ron Lee and Noel Spalding.
Now the rear fuselage is back in place work in coming days will see the fitting of the Horizontal stabilizer, Tail fin and rudder in that order. All Fittings and control cables are being refitted as work goes ahead as it is intended to fully restore the aircraft in perfect operational condition although under the terms of the contract the Caribou cannot fly again.
The AAHCQ team have cleaned and prepared the engines for refitting which will take place after the tail, followed by the wings. Once the aircraft is fully structurally reassembled it will have all smaller components fitted and progressively brought up to functional “live” status. The aircraft will also have a full surface refinish although no choices have yet been made on the actual color scheme it will wear as there were 8 different color schemes on A4-228 over the years.
Warbirds Online is proud to be associated with AAHCQ in this venture to restore this magnificent example of Australian military heritage and we will continue to report on progress on #Caribou A4-228 as it happens.
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2016-09-11
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Warbirds Online attended the RAAF Amberley Aviation Heritage Centre open day on Sunday & we were particularly interested to see Pilatus PC-6B Turbo Porter A14-704. This aircraft wears a late camouflage scheme and following write off in a crash at Oakey Qld in 1990 was restored for static display purposes over the past few years and joined the collection last year. The quality of the restoration work is fantastic.
Also on external show was Government Aircraft Factory A84-203 Mk.20/ Mk.21 which will shortly be relocated to Evans Head Memorial Aerodrome Heritage Aviation Museum, following its recent donation to them. It will be great to see this historic airframe restored and preserved & it will still leave 3 Canberras at Amberley so everyone is a winner.
The RAAF Amberley Aviation Heritage Centre is growing in popularity and we were very impressed with the increasing number of General Dynamics F-111 exhibits including a second cockpit complete with parachute and several nose sections revealing the internal components of the radar system. Other aircraft on display included ARMY Bell 47G Sioux A1-738, ARMY Iroquois A2-771 UH-1H 67-17573 9771, Douglas Boston A-20G-20-DO 42-86786 of the 312th BG, 388th BS "Hell'n Pelican II”,  De Havilland DHC-4 Caribou A4-236, Canberra A84-125 B.2 Mk.21 Built by English Electric C/N 71053, restored  Government Aircraft Factory Canberra Mk.20 A84-242, Commonwealth Aircraft Corporation CA-26/CA-27 Sabre A94-962 CA27-62 Mk.32 and Dassault / Government Aircraft Factory A3-55 Mirage IIIO (A).
It was a great day, with a huge crowd - well worth a visit.  See many more photos of the aircraft & engines on display in the news on our website at http://bit.ly/1oCPkZe

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2016-02-22
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