DE HAVILLAND CANADA CARIBOU A4-173 C/N 173
Radio Call-sign VM-LWB

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the Great Survivor

Near Death Experience #1 – 1965 – Crashed in Vietnam. Conversion to components began but the decision was reversed and the aircraft was repaired in the field and returned to service.
Near Death Experience #2 – 1966 – Crashed in Vietnam. Repaired in the field and returned to service.
Near Death Experience #3 – 1990s – Converted to components.

A4-173 was delivered directly to the RAAF Transport Flight Vietnam (RTFV) at Vung Tau ex the de Havilland Canada factory in Toronto, Canada (together with A4-191 and A4-193).

Toronto - Fredericton (4hr 10min) FLTLT Bellamy, FLGOFF B. Brown (Source: 4)
(Barrie Brown served with the Transport Flight/35 Sqn from 12MAY65 to 12JAN66)

Fredericton - Toronto (4hr) FLTLT Bellamy, FLGOFF B. Brown (Source: 4)

Toronto - Muskoka (1hr 10min) FLTLT Bellamy, FLGOFF B. Brown (Source: 4)

Muskoka - local (1hr 25min) FLTLT Bellamy, FLGOFF B. Brown (Source: 4)

Muskoka - Toronto (3hr 45min) FLTLT Bellamy, FLGOFF B. Brown (Source: 4)

Toronto - Toronto (1hr 20min) FLTLT Bellamy, FLGOFF B. Brown (Source: 4)

Toronto - Goose Bay (6hr 35min) FLTLT Bellamy, FLGOFF B. Brown (Source: 4)

Goose Bay - Narsarssuak (5hr 40min) FLTLT Bellamy, FLGOFF B. Brown (Source: 4)

Narsarssuak - Keflavik (4hr 45min) FLTLT Bellamy, FLGOFF B. Brown (Source: 4)

Keflavik - Valley (6hr 15min) FLTLT Bellamy, FLGOFF B. Brown (Source: 4)

Valley - Nice (6hr 30min) FLTLT Bellamy, FLGOFF B. Brown (Source: 4)

Nice - Nice (45min) FLTLT Bellamy, FLGOFF B. Brown (Source: 4) Radio u/s in Nice.

Nice - Luqa, Malta (4hr 15min) FLTLT Bellamy, FLGOFF B. Brown (Source: 4)

Luqa - El Adem (3hr 10min) FLTLT Bellamy, FLGOFF B. Brown (Source: 4)

El Adem - Wadi Halfa (3hr) FLTLT Bellamy, FLGOFF B. Brown (Source: 4)

Wadi Halfa - Khartoum (2hr 55min) FLTLT Bellamy, FLGOFF B. Brown (Source: 4)

Khartoum - Aden (6hr 5min) FLTLT Bellamy, FLGOFF B. Brown (Source: 4)

Aden - El Masirah (6hr 25min) FLTLT Bellamy, FLGOFF B. Brown (Source: 4)

El Masirah - Karachi (4hr 20min) FLTLT Bellamy, FLGOFF B. Brown (Source: 4)

Karachi - New Delhi (6hr 20min) FLTLT Bellamy, FLGOFF B. Brown (Source: 4)

New Delhi - Calcutta (6hr 20min) FLTLT Bellamy, FLGOFF B. Brown (Source: 4)

Calcutta - Car Nicobar (6hr) FLTLT Bellamy, FLGOFF B. Brown (Source: 4)

Car Nicobar - Butterworth (3hr 25min) FLTLT Bellamy, FLGOFF B. Brown (Source: 4)

Butterworth - Vung Tau (3hr 40min) FLTLT Bellamy, FLGOFF B. Brown (Source: 4)
Total flying time Toronto to Vung Tau: 89 hr 20 min.

[Most of the following notes were taken from the RTFV Operations Record Book by the AWM]

First operation (F/O K.B. Henderson) - to Tan Son Nhut etc. NB - each operation typically includes ten or more landings

Op - F/O C.A. Martin

Op - P/O D.R. Lovett

Op - F/O K.B. Henderson

Op - F/Lt D.J. Lancaster

Op - F/O D.T. Pollock

Op - S/Ldr C.J. Sugden DFC (CO, RTFV)

Op - F/O A. Young

Op - F/O Young

Op - S/Ldr Sugden

Op - F/O Martin etc Other pilots include F/O J. Staal, F/Lt R.G. Raymond, F/O B.G. Hammond, F/Lt J.D. Jordan, F/O D.A. Henry. Operations included freight shuttles, paradrops, supply drops, Lolex, flare drops.

Takeoff aborted at Bien Hoa - insecure strip (F/O J. McQueen and F/O J.E. Lindner)

Freight Shuttle: Flg Off J. Staal, Plt Off G.I. Lumsden (plus 2 crew)


UP: 0735 | DOWN: 0815 | FROM: Nha Trang | TO: Phu Tuc | FREIGHT: 5,000 lbs | PAX: 1


UP: 0845 | DOWN: 0910 | FROM: Phu Tuc | TO: Buon Krieng | FREIGHT: nil | PAX: nil


UP: 1000 | DOWN: 1050 | FROM: Buon Krieng | TO: Nha Trang | FREIGHT: nil | PAX: nil


UP: 1220 | DOWN: 1330 | FROM: Nha Trang | TO: Plei Krong | FREIGHT: 5,000 lbs | PAX: nil


UP: 1355 | DOWN: 1500 | FROM: Plei Krong | TO: Nha Trang | FREIGHT: nil | PAX: nil


UP: 1540 | DOWN: 1640 | FROM: Nha Trang | TO: Plei Polim | FREIGHT: 5,500 lbs | PAX: nil


UP: 1725 | DOWN: 1815 | FROM: Plei Polim | TO: Nha Trang | FREIGHT: nil | PAX: nil


Freight Shuttle: Flg Off J. Staal, Plt Off G.I. Lumsden (plus 2 crew)


UP: 0615 | DOWN: 0815 | FROM: Nha Trang | TO: Phu Tuc | FREIGHT: 6,000 lbs | PAX: 5


UP: 0745 | DOWN: 0730 | FROM: Nha Trang | TO: Tan Son Nhut | FREIGHT: nil | PAX: nil


UP: 0855 | DOWN: 0810 | FROM: Tan Son Nhut | TO: Vung Tau | FREIGHT: nil | PAX: nil


UP: 1050 | DOWN: 1030 | FROM: Vung Tau | TO: Duong Dong | FREIGHT: nil | PAX: nil


UP: 1355 | DOWN: 1140 | FROM: Vung Tau | TO: Can Tho | FREIGHT: nil | PAX: nil


UP: 1215 | DOWN: 1305 | FROM: Can Tho | TO: Tay Nin | FREIGHT: nil | PAX: nil


UP: 1315 | DOWN: 1345 | FROM: Tay Nin | TO: Bien Hoa | FREIGHT: nil | PAX: 39


UP: 1355 | DOWN: 1500 | FROM: Bien Hoa | TO: Nha Trang | FREIGHT: nil | PAX: nil


Ran off the runway at Hai Yen, Vietnam while delivering a load of medical supplies and construction equipment.

The incident is described in The RAAF in Vietnam by Chris Coulthard-Clark (Australian War Memorial 1995) pp 54-55.

"Hai Yen was a fortified settlement on the Camau (1) peninsula which had recently been attacked by the Viet Cong. The airstrip was very short and the Caribou clipped its nosewheel (2) on the runways edge on touchdown. As one of the pilots later recalled: we rediscovered the principle that an undercarriage designed to retract forward causes considerable alteration to the airframe when it is forced to retract rearwards. Although none of the crew was injured, a wing was torn off (3) the aircraft and the undercarriage and one engine was damaged. A detachment of RTFV ground staff were flown to the crash site to undertake a major repair job which included fitting a new propellor. When completed, the machine was flown back to Vung Tau at reduced speed with Squadron Leader Harvey at the controls. The recovery of A4-173 was a tribute to the skill and dedication of the flights ground staff. The team deployed to carry out the necessary repairs was required to undertake the effort in the open without workshop facilities. The place was under enemy attack each night during their four-day stay, forcing them to withdraw inside the settlement and to leave the aircraft to its chances. Not assisting the recovery effort, either, was further damage caused when an American supply plane delivering ammunition by parachute dropped one case through the Caribous wing (4). This necessitated a new wing being obtained from American sources and flown by helicopter to Hai Yen, where it was fitted. As a consequence, when A4-173 eventually took off it sported a mixture of US Army and RAAF markings. Without the courage, fortitude and technical competence of the ground personnel and, as Harvey noted, the generous support and co-operation given by the United States Army the aircraft would simply have been written off."

Notes on above text: (Source: 6)
(1) Ca Mau.
(2) It was the right main undercarriage that was torn off causing the damage to the right wing.
(3) The wing was not torn off but it was damaged sufficiently to require replacement.
(4) The air-dropped ammunition box fell nearby but it did not hit the wing.

Stewart Wilsons book, Dakota, Hercules and Caribou in Australian Service (Aerospace Publications 1990) p 196 adds:
"A quarter of a century later, A4-173 still flies on that American wing, identifiable by the lack of three blue formation lights on its upper surface."
Those present for the repairs and recovery believe that the borrowed right wing was returned to the U.S. Army in Vietnam. Possibly it was the borrowed left wing that was retained on the aircraft when it returned to Australia. (Source: 6) (See 16AUG66)

Ron Furze was part of the Hai Yen recovery team as an Electrical Fitter. He recalls the operation as follows:
" The recovery team was flown on a U.S. Army Sikorsky H-37 from Vung Tau to an intermediate stop (probably Can Tho) to refuel, and the 13-man team were then transported by U.S. Army Iroquois from Can Tho to Hai Yen. The replacement engine, propellor and right wing were transported to Hai Yen as internal loads on an H-37. The Caribou was flown out of Hai Yen under it's own power about four days after the recovery team arived at the site. To enable this, we jacked the aircraft after removing the right wing. A new right undercarriage was fitted and the aircraft towed out of the drain to the hardstand using manpower and a 3/4 ton army truck. The right engine was removed and replaced, and the second-hand U.S. Army wing (still with U.S. markings) fitted. An earlier assessment had declared the aircraft a write-off so instead of disconnecting panel switches and instruments, the looms were cut! As a result, John Rae and I had to put in quite an effort to re-wire all the cockpit instruments after it was decided to recover the aircraft".

The replacement engine, propellor and right wing were flown in by a U.S. Army H-37 Mojave helicopter. An RAAF recovery crew was flown from Vung Tau to an intermediate stop (probably Can Tho) on an H-37 and from there to Hai Yen on a U.S. Army Iroquois. Photos show that the H-37 which delivered the engine and wing was named Big Ed. (Source: Ron Furze)
The H-37 helicopter named Big Ed is believed to have been Sikorsky CH-37B Mojave 55-0623 of the U.S. Army 611th Transportation Company. Four CH-37Bs were initially employed by the US Army in South Vietnam. These were:
55-0625 Big Nick
55-0636 Big Daddy
55-0627 Lost in action on 12DEC63 (preceding 173's accident)
55-0623 Assumed to have been Big Ed.
(Researched by Rod Cairns)

It is recorded that on this date A4-173 was "recovered by a US helicopter". Barry Ingate records that he was the Loadmaster on A4-173 when it was flown out of Hai Yen on this date by Squadron Leader Harvey. Possibly the ferry crew were positioned to Hai Yen by US helicopter.
Australian War Memorial image # P01059.003 shows A4-173 wearing a replacement right wing bearing U.S. Army "star & bars".

Repairs completed at Vung Tau.

Mission 41 (4hr 45min) FLGOFF B. Brown, McKernan (Source: 4)

Mission 41 (1hr 35min) FLGOFF B. Brown, Nicholson (Source: 4)

Mission 41 (1hr 40min) FLGOFF B. Brown, Nicholson (Source: 4)

Mission 42 (4hr) FLGOFF B. Brown, Abbott (Source: 4)

Mission 41 (2hr 55min) FLGOFF B. Brown, Cooper (Source: 4)

Mission 41 (4hr 40min) FLGOFF B. Brown, Etheridge (Source: 4)

Mission 41 (3hr 35min) FLGOFF B. Brown, Nicholson (Source: 4)

VTA - DNG (2hr 50min) FLGOFF B. Brown, Vandersteege (Source: 4)

VTA - TSN - DNG (2hr 45min) FLGOFF B. Brown, Vandersteege (Source: 4)

Mission 43 (1hr 45min) FLGOFF B. Brown, Vandersteege (Source: 4)

Mission 43 (4hr 45min) FLGOFF B. Brown, Vandersteege (Source: 4)

Mission 43 (3hr 20min) FLGOFF B. Brown, Vandersteege (Source: 4)

Mission 43 (3hr 45min) FLGOFF B. Brown, Vandersteege (Source: 4)

Mission 43 (5hr 5min) FLGOFF B. Brown, Vandersteege (Source: 4)

DNG - NHA - VTA (3hr) FLGOFF B. Brown, Vandersteege (Source: 4)

While flying off the coast of Vietnam, A4-173 suffered a cracked cylinder. FLGOFF F.W. Bill Pike and PLTOFF John M.A. Lanning shut the engine down and diverted into Qui Nhon which was a US Army Caribou base. On requesting the assistance of an engine fitter, Bill Pike was asked if he wanted a carb specialist, a magneto specialist or a cylinder specialist. The cylinder was duly changed and A4-173 departed. (Source: 5)
(Bill Pike later went on to found the DC-3 airline Rebel Air).

The RAAF Transport Flight Vietnam changed its name to No. 35 Squadron RAAF.

To Saigon for servicing by Air America

Extensively damaged in a landing accident at Ba To while delivering building supplies to a special forces camp. This accident was very similar to the Hai Yen accident which damaged the right side of the aircraft. The Ba To accident damaged the left side!
The incident is described in The RAAF in Vietnam by Chris Coulthard-Clark
(Australian War Memorial 1995) pp 117-119.
"A party of ground staff was immediately flown in (1) under Wing Commander Melchert, the commanding officer, to make an attempt at recovery - an undertaking of considerable urgency since the camp was under direct threat of Viet Cong attack, including from mortar fire. To make A4-173 flyable it was necessary for the team to repair or change the wing, flaps and aileron, engine, propeller and undercarriage, as well as the nose. The essential spares for this work were not available through normal logistic channels, but Sergeant E.G. Allen (an equipment assistant back at Vung Tau) managed to ensure that the replacement parts were obtained; the resourcefulness and initiative shown by this airman were to earn him a mention in despatches.
Ten days (2) later the aircraft was able to be flown back to base by the commanding officer, albeit with its undercarriage chained into position. The perils of this flight were to win Melchert the Distinguished Flying Cross, although - as events proved - the greater perils lay in the aircraft remaining longer at Ba To. Several clashes had taken place while the RAAF technicians were at the camp (eight enemy being killed during one night), but an attack on the airfield later in the day of A4-173's departure would have seen its certain destruction. Return to Vung Tau marked the beginning of six months of hard work by the unit's engineering staff to get the Caribou fully serviceable again. One of Melchert's last official duties before handing over command to Squadron Leader A.J. Fookes in March 1967 was to test fly A4-173 after its restoration."
Notes on above text: (Source: 7)
(1) The ground crew was not immediately flown in, it was the next day and involved a diversion and transfer by US helo.
(2) The repair took 8 days not 10.
Read the RAAF press release on the Ba To accident.
Australian War Memorial image # VN/66/0054/06 shows A4-173 at Vung Tau wearing a replacement left wing bearing the markings "U.S. Army".

The following account of the Ba To crash was provided in June 2018 by Fred Robinson who was an Airframe Fitter travelling on the aircraft at the time:
" I am pretty sure that the AC was P/O Cooper, co-pilot P/O Spinks, Loady Cpl Barry Ingate, and me Cpl Fred Robinson AFFITT. There were 2 passengers 1 US and 1 SVN. There were no injuries which is a tribute to the old 'green gravel truck'. The accident was caused by a small drop of the port wing as we came in to land, the port wheels impacted the edge of the runway (such as it was) about 12-18 inches below the flat of the runway and tore the undercarriage retraction mechanism apart. As we bounced along the strip the port wing struck an engine from a previous US Caribou crash which caused all the damage to the wing structure and flaps. I recall exiting the aircraft smartly and going around to check the damage, seeing that there was fuel leaking I returned to let the rest of the crew know."

Further reading on the Ba To crash

First flight since rebuild after accident; pilot W/Cdr Melchert

To Manila

In Combat Essential Airlift Role (ammunition, fuel, rations, mail, passengers)

Propeller stuck in reverse at Luscombe

"Rescue 8" mission (to recover from above?)

Last op in Vietnam

The four Caribou of No 35 Sqn (A4-234, 173, 179 and 208) departed Vung Tau for Richmond at 0700 local. The crew of A4-173 were:

Flt Lt | M.B. Vink | GDPLT | Captain

Flg Off | M.T. Shanley | GDPLT | Co-pilot

Cpl | L.J. Rappo | ENGFITT | Loadmaster

Sgt | R.J. Brackin| ELECFITT

Sgt | E.K. Fisk | AFFITT

Sgt | T.H. Fuller | ENGFITT

The ferry flight was uneventful, proceeding basically in accordance with the planned itinerary. The largest deviation from itinerary occurred on the last day when a small hitch in fueling delayed departure from Longreach. Together with stronger headwinds than anticipated this caused the arrival at Richmond on 26FEB72 to be 30 minutes late. This was the first time that A4-173 had touched Australian soil!

The four aircraft passed over Richmond in diamond formation and flew over Sydney before returning to Richmond.

After two serious accidents in Vietnam, A4-173 returned to Australia on a pair of U.S. Army wings!
NOTE: Source: 6 states that the borrowed right wing was returned to the US Army after the Hai Yen crash.
Australian War Memorial image # P01059.003 shows A4-173 wearing a replacement right wing bearing U.S. Army "star & bars".
Australian War Memorial image # VN/66/0054/06 shows A4-173 at Vung Tau wearing a replacement left wing bearing the markings "U.S. Army".

Paratrooping at Williamtown (FLTLT RW Johnstone). Test drops of new parachutes. (Source: 35 Sqn Unit History)

Darwin, NT was devastated by Cyclone Tracy in the early hours of Christmas Day. So severe was the destruction that authorities ordered the evacuation of the city. A detailed account of aviation in the aftermath of Cyclone Tracy can be found here.

Caribou A4-173, under the command of FLTLT Ken Stone and crew comprising FLGOFF John Foley, SGT Allen Fraser and SGT Laurie Rappo, departed RAAF Richmond for Longreach and Mount Isa where the aircraft overnighted. The crew had been instructed to be completely self-sufficient in Darwin so non-perishable foodstuffs were loaded at Richmond. (Source: 1)

Departed Mt Isa for Darwin where the crew pitched a tent on a concrete slab where a tin hut had been.
(Source: 1)

Operated a local flight ex Darwin, probably for aerial photography, and later operated a return flight to Tindal.
(Source: 1)

Operated Darwin-Tindal-Tennant Creek-Camooweal for a low level aerial survey of the road on instructions from GPCAPT Hitchins. OC RAAF Darwin. The aircraft overnighted Camooweal. (Source: 1)

Recalled to Darwin via Mt Isa to refuel. On arrival Darwin, FLGOFF Foley was replaced by FLTLT John Cornish. (Source: 1)

Operated a local flight ex Darwin, probably for aerial photography. (Source: 1)

Operated a survey flight Darwin-Bathurst Island-Garden Point-Snake Bay-Darwin to check on the welfare of local communities. (Source: 1)

Operated Darwin-Francis Creek-Darwin, probably on mining support. (Source: 1)

Operated Darwin-Normanton-Townsville where the aircraft overnighted. This was the only flight on which A4-173 evacuated personnel from Darwin and they were few in number. (Source: 1)

Returned to Richmond from Townsville. Ken Stone does not recall sighting any other Caribou in Darwin. His log book shows that A4-173 flew 23 sorties totalling 43.3 hours Richmond to Richmond. (Source: 1)

With 35 Sqn Townsville, QLD.

Flown by Sqn Ldr Barker & Sqn Ldr Eddleston on VOR/DME circuits (2.2 hrs) at Townsville. (Source: 3)

Wing Commander John Staal, C.O. of No 35 Squadron, flew HRH The Prince of Wales from Cairns to Lizard Island in A4-173. Prince Charles occupied the co-pilot's seat for approximately thirty minutes and flew the aeroplane while it cruised along the beaches of Far North Queensland. At the time, Prince Charles was a Flight Lieutenant in the Royal Air Force. (Source: 2)

Wing Commander John Staal, C.O. of No 35 Squadron, flew HRH The Prince of Wales from Lizard Island to Townsville over parts of the Great Barrier Reef in A4-173. (Source: 2)

A suitably decorated A4-173 featured in celebrations to mark the 21st anniversary of RAAF Caribou operations.

With 38 Sqn

Although A4-173 had been allocated to the Australian War Memorial, the aircraft was subjected to the RATS program (Reduce Aircraft To Spares).

Sold to QAM.

Rear fuselage removed at Amberley and trucked to Caloundra.

Remainder of aircraft arrived at Caloundra.

A pair of wings, a fin and a tailplane arrived at Caloundra by road from RAAF Richmond. These components were removed (by Qantas) from A4-164.

The forward fuselage of A4-159 was purchased from Pacific Hunter Aviation Pty Ltd and transported from the fire dump at Brisbane Airport to QAM at Caloundra. The remainder of the airframe was scrapped by Pacific Hunter Aviation. The forward fuselage will provide cockpit parts for A4-173 and eventually it will be restored as a theatrette.

The Sunshine Coast Branch of the Vietnam Veterans Association placed a plaque near the nosewheel of A4-173. The plaque is "Dedicated to all those Royal Australian Air Force personnel who lost their lives on operations and in honour of all who served in Vietnam". The dedication ceremony was conducted by Padre Arthur Fry.

The starboard main undercarriage leg, wheels and doors were fitted to the aircraft. This marks a significant milestone in the restoration of A4-173. Other undercarriage legs will be fitted progressively.

The port main undercarriage leg and wheels and the nose undercarriage leg and wheels were fitted. The aircraft now has a proper undercarriage.

Barry Ingate was the Loadmaster on A4-173 when it crashed in Vietnam - BOTH times! Read his story.

Read Jake Jacobsen's comprehensive account of the Hai Yen crash.

Read Jake Jacobsen's comprehensive account of the Ba To crash.

Read the RAAF press release describing the second crash in Vietnam.

Compiled by Ron Cuskelly
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Sources

1

Log Book of FLTLT Ken Stone.

2

Log Book of WGCDR John Staal, C.O. of No 35 Squadron

3

Log Book of WGCDR Anthony Eddleston (A216911) held in the QAM Library (Barcode Number 006468)

4

Log Book of FLGOFF Barrie Brown.

5

Log Book of FLGOFF F.W. Bill Pike.

6

An account of the Hai Yen crash compiled by Jake Jacobsen.

7

An account of the Ba To crash compiled by Jake Jacobsen.

Remarks

Added an in-depth account of the Ba To crash on 16AUG66 thanks to Jake Jacobsen. Read the document here.

Issue: 36

DATE: 09 JUN 20

Added an in-depth account of the Hai Yen crash on 07MAY65 thanks to Jake Jacobsen who flew Caribou (including A4-173) in Vietnam. This recent work has highlighted several anomalies in previously published accounts. These anomalies are listed at 07MAY65. Read the document here.

Issue: 35

DATE: 29 MAY 20

The CH-37 helicopter that assisted in the recovery of A4-173 in MAY 65 is believed to have been CH-37B Mojave 55-0623. Thanks to Rod Cairns for researching this.

Issue: 34

DATE: 24 DEC 19

Added a reference on 04MAR66 with thanks to Bill Pike.

Issue: 33

DATE: 18 SEP 19

Added two images of the aircraft in Vietnam thanks to Gary Kimberley.

Issue: 32

DATE: 10 SEP 19

Added a reference on 10SEP76.

Issue: 31

DATE: 10 JUL 19

Added an account of the Ba To crash on 16AUG66 thanks to Fred Robinson who was on the aircraft at the time.

Issue: 30

DATE: 25 JUN 18

Added a recent image of the aircraft with the second nosewheel fitted. Thanks to Colin Campbell.

Issue: 29

DATE: 09 DEC 17

Added a recent image of the aircraft adorned with wreaths during an ADF Aviation Remembrance Ceremony.

Issue: 28

DATE: 05 NOV 17

Added a recent image of the aircraft with the second nosewheel fitted. Thanks to Dave Geck.

Issue: 27

DATE: 31 OCT 17

Added a recent image of the aircraft with a full undercarriage fitted. Thanks to Angelo Calleja.

Issue: 26

DATE: 22 SEP 17

Added a recent image of the aircraft’s cabin and an image of the newly restored nose undercarriage.

Issue: 25

DATE: 18 JUN 17

Added an image of refurbished wheels and tyres which will be fitted to the aircraft. Thanks to David Geck for the picture and the refurbishment.

Issue: 24

DATE: 11 JUN 17

Added a recent image of the aircraft fitted with a proper undercarriage leg. Thanks to Collin Campbell for the image.

Issue: 23

DATE: 10 MAY 17

Added three images of the aircraft during a visit to Maryborough on 27OCT94. Thanks to Shaun Ryan.

Issue: 22

DATE: 27 NOV 16

Added a recent image of the aircraft fitted with a full set of engine cowlings. Thanks to Paul Strike for the cowls and Colin Campbell for the image.

Issue: 21

DATE: 07 OCT 16

Added an image of the aircraft at Port Hedland, WA in March 1981. Thanks to Geoff Goodall for this superb inage.

Issue: 20

DATE: 20 SEP 16

Added a recent image of the aircraft being fitted with engine cowlings. Thanks to Paul Strike for the cowls and Colin Campbell for the image.

Issue: 19

DATE: 04 SEP 16

Added four new images thanks to Peter Murphy.

Issue: 18

DATE: 27 MAY 16

Added details of a flight with HRH The Prince of Wales to Lizard Island in March/April 1979. Thanks to John Staal who was the pilot and C.O. of 35 SQN at the time. Also added two images.

Issue: 17

DATE: 22 APR 15

Added a reference to A4-173 participating in the relief operation at Darwin after Cyclone Tracy. The period 26DEC74 to 09JAN75 refers. Thanks to Ken Stone for access to his log book.

Issue: 16

DATE: 02 JAN 13

Added reference to a plaque dedication on 03NOV10.

Issue: 15

DATE: 11 NOV 10

Added an image of the recently installed port engine.

Issue: 14

DATE: 30 SEP 10

The nose section of A4-159 has been acquired as a parts source.

Issue: 13

DATE: 23 MAR 10

Added a new image with the rudder attached.

Issue: 12

DATE: 21 DEC 09

Added three images of the restoration progress.

Issue: 11

DATE: 12 NOV 09

Added images of both replacement wings with U.S. Army markings. Images reproduced with permission from the AWM.

Issue: 10

DATE: 14 OCT 07

Expanded coverage of the Ba To accident thanks to Rob Solomons.

Issue: 09

DATE: 25 APR 07

Added more details and photos of the Hai Yen accident thanks to Ron Furze.

Issue: 08

DATE: 03 JUN 06

No Remarks

Issue: 07

DATE: 08 JUN 03

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