DOUGLAS DC-6 VH-BPG C/N 43127 ADVENTURE

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QAM thanks the British Ministry of Defence for the donation of this aircraft.

Awaiting collection from Armstrong Whitworth.
Originally built as N.F.11 night fighter.

Taken on charge by 141 Sqn. Coltishall (Code letter Q).

Transferred to 264 Sqn. Linton-on-Ouse (Code letter S).

Stored at 33 Maintenance Unit Lyneham.

Transferred to 141 Sqn. Coltishall.

Stored at 29 Maintenance Unit High Ercall.

Transferred to 12 Maintenance Unit Kirkbride.

Transferred to non-effective stock.

Transferred to effective stock.

Issued to 33 Maintenance Unit Lyneham.

Issued to Armstrong Whitworth at Baginton for conversion to T.T.20 target tug.

Awaiting collection after modification.

Issued to 33 Maintenance Unit Lyneham.

Transferred to 5 Maintenance Unit Kemble for repainting in TT markings.

Transferred to 33 Maintenance Unit Lyneham.

Issued to the pool of 3/4 Civilian Anti-Aircraft Co-operation Unit at Exeter
(Code letter S).

Delivered to Flight Refuelling at Tarrant Rushton.

Loaned to the Ministry of Technology.

Struck off charge as sold to the Ministry of Defence (Procurement) - for use at Woomera.

Flown from Woomera to Archerfield on delivery to QAM having been donated by the British Ministry of Defence.
Pilot:Navigator/Engineer
Peter McLean:Dave Smith
The take-off from Woomera was aborted twice because of kangaroos on the runway! A refuelling stop was made at Broken Hill where the fuel agent offered the crew AVGAS! Another stop was made at Dubbo. After take-off from Dubbo two F-111s, which had been orbiting overhead, formated on the Meteor. Subsequently two Mirages from 77SQN at Williamtown joined the formation for photography before returning to Williamtown. South of Amberley a Canberra joined the formation which then overflew Amberley and Archerfield. Unfortunately a planned aerobatic display by the Meteor had to be aborted because of a stuck fuel valve in the ventral tank. The fuel state nearly caused the pilot to declare an emergency and divert to Amberley. It was calculated that the aircraft had 10 minutes usable fuel onboard on arrival Archerfield.
The Delivery Formation-
Aircraft: F-111C A8-138, Sector: Dubbo-Amberley-Archerfield, Crew: WGCDR Geoff Talbot AFC (CO 1SQN) and SQNLDR Lester Cavanagh. Aircraft identity confirmed by Geoff Talbot's log book.
Aircraft: F-111C A8-139, Sector: Dubbo-Amberley-Archerfield, Crew: FLTLT John Kennedy and FLTLT John Bennett. Aircraft identity confirmed by John Bennett's log book.
Aircraft: Mirage IIIO A3-48, Sector: Ex Williamtown formated near Dubbo, Crew: Unknown
Aircraft: Mirage IIID A3-?, Sector: Ex Williamtown formated near Dubbo, Crew: Pilot unknown. Photographer Bruce Adams.
Aircraft: Canberra A84-248, Sector: Joined south of Amberley, Crew: WGCDR Graham Dyke DSO (CO 2SQN) and SQNLDR Al Kirby. Aircraft identity confirmed by Graham Dyke's log book.
The following anecdote was contributed by Malcolm Lloyd who at the time was a Flight Service Officer stationed in Broken Hill:
"Up until the early 90s Australian air traffic services were provided by two main sections; Air Traffic Control and Flight Service. The main difference between the two was that ATC provided positive separation between aircraft, mainly in higher traffic density areas (Controlled Airspace), and FS provided a traffic advisory service in the remainder (Uncontrolled Airspace). Most of the larger country towns with airports had a Flight Service Unit. There was also another section, Operations Control, who oversaw aircraft operating under Instrument Flight Rules in controlled airspace particularly with regard to them meeting statutory fuel requirements. The basic fuel requirement for non-airline civil flights was enough to cover the planned flight plus forty five minutes reserve. If forecast weather at the destination was below certain standards, additional fuel had to be carried, either to hold for a time or to divert to an alternate. At the time of WD647s flight I was a Flight Service Officer stationed in Broken Hill and being an enthusiast was very excited to see this rare bird. The flight arrived as planned in Broken Hill then the pilot came into the Unit and submitted a flightplan for the leg from Broken Hill to Dubbo. This was a little unusual as in most cases a plan would have been submitted to cover from Woomera through the various stops right through to Brisbane. I accepted and transmitted the flightplan via telex in the usual manner, everything on it looking good to me. A few minutes later I received a phone call from Adelaide Ops This flight isnt carrying enough fuel, he only has twenty minutes reserve, not the required forty five. I pointed out that being a military flight it was not subject to that requirement. Are you sure hes military? was the next question from Ops. My reply was something along the lines of Who else operates Meteors? Have another look at the flightplan the Ops controller said. I did and found that the box where the class of operation; private, charter, military etc., should be entered had been left blank. I dont recall the subsequent conversations with the pilot but obviously things did get sorted out to most peoples satisfaction and the flight went ahead."

Meteor WD647 never joined Canberra A84-225 at Pioneer Valley Park, Kuraby because by late 1976 the park was in financial difficulties and QAM was faced with finding a new site for the Canberra. By January 1977 QAM had secured a site at Lower Nudgee. The Meteor was being prepared for transportation to Lower Nudgee when a serendipitous chain of events saw the aeroplane paraded through the streets of the Brisbane CBD.
As a result of being taken for a flight in a Mooney by John Knox, fellow 4IP announcer Alan McGirvan started flying lessons with Gordon Jenkinson at Archerfield. It must have been in the lead up to the annual Warana procession that Alan McGirvan had the inspiration that the Meteor would look good as 4IPs float. He passed the idea over to 4IPs publicity department who rang DCA at Archerfield to be told that the aeroplane was about to be moved. Subsequently 4IP agreed to pay the transport costs and the Meteor became the 4IP float in the Warana procession on 24 September 1977. After the procession the aeroplane spent the night on the other side of the river in the area now known as Southbank.

In the early hours of the morning the aircraft was moved from the city to Lower Nudgee.

Moved to Brisbane Airport.

The Meteor was inspected at the Brisbane Airport Navy Street site by Air Vice-Marshal D.C.T. Bennett, CB, CBE, DSO, Patron of QAM.

Towed to International Terminal.

Loaded on truck for transportation to RAAF Amberley for painting. En route the aircraft was displayed in the city.

Returned to International Terminal Brisbane Airport.

Wings re-fitted at International Terminal.

Displayed in front of International Terminal in conjunction with special flight by Qantas Boeing 747 to commemorate the 50th anniversary of their first international service (with an Armstrong Whitworth FK8!).

Towed back to Navy Street site near Runway 13.

Moved to Caloundra.

The Mustang replica is dedicated to the memory of Alan Scott 1914 -1953.
The aircraft is named Nell in honour of his wife Eleanor (Nell).
QAM thanks Lyn & Gary Scott for the donation of this aircraft.
Compiled by Ron Cuskelly
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DATE: 10 DEC 09

Remarks

Added a reference to the aircraft being inspected by AVM Don Bennett on 13APR84.

Issue: 8

DATE: 07 FEB 20

Added details of how the aeroplane came to be in the Warana procession on 24SEP77. Thanks to 4IP “Good Guys” Alan McGirvan and John Knox.

Issue: 7

DATE: 21 NOV 17

Corrected the identity of the F-111 photographed in formation with WD647 on 15JUL75. Changed from A8-136 to A8-138. The error became evident from higher resolution images supplied by John Bennett and Martin Edwards.

Issue: 6

DATE: 08 NOV 15

Added the name of the pilot and navigator on Canberra A84-248 thanks to Graham Dyke. See 15JUL75.

Issue: 5

DATE: 21 JAN 14

Added the name of the navigator on A8-138 and the pilot of A84-248, the latter to be confirmed. See 15JUL75. Thanks to Geoff Talbot.

Issue: 4

DATE: 20 JAN 14

Added details of the fuel stop at Broken Hill on 15JUL75 thanks to Malcolm Lloyd.

Issue: 3

DATE: 07 DEC 12

Added details of the escort aircraft on 15JUL75 thanks to John Bennett.

Issue: 2

DATE: 15 APR 12

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Issue: 1

DATE: 06 FEB 02

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