LOCKHEED L-285D AP-3C ORION A9-760 Brooke MSN 5676

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QAM thanks the following members for funding the acquisition of this aircraft.

Barry Admans, David Bussey, Ron & Maureen Cuskelly, Cameron Elmes, Julie Hammer, Michael Hinsbey, Brian Lenz, Bob Livingstone, Bryan Matthews, Robert Phillips, Geoff Roach, Nick Sayer, Mal Sayers,
Regretably, prior to 31 January 2020, this list of donors was incomplete. QAM apologises to any donor who was overlooked.
QAM thanks the following organisations for supporting the Orion Project

Number 10 Squadron held a parade in Townsville to mark the end of the Squadron's association with the city. With effect from 01JUL77, 10SQN will be based at Edinburgh, South Australia. Detachment Bravo will remain in Townsville with four Neptunes. (Source: 18)

10SQN Detachment B disbanded at Townsville at midnight.

A9-760 was built as a P-3C-185-LO with the U.S. Navy Bureau Number 160760. (Source: 1)

It is claimed that A9-760 was the first Orion to be fitted with wings manufactured in Canada under the P-3 offset program. (Source: 14)

Customer acceptance date as per Data Plate.

C-130E A97-190 (FLTLT J. Murphy) departed Richmond "in support of P-3C project". The aircraft routed Richmond, Nadi, Hickam, McClellan, Patuxent, McClellan, Hickam, Nadi returning to Richmond on 07FEB79. (Source: 19)

A crew departed Australia by C-130 to collect A9-760. See above. (Source: 18)

FLTLT Jabornicky and crew started flying A9-760 at Moffett Field, California. The flight was cut short after 0.8 hours when number 2 engine was shut down due to an illuminated chip light. (Source: 18)

Successfully test flown (4.8 hrs). (Source: 18)

Flown again (6.7 hrs). (Source: 18)

Departed Moffett Field for Barbers Point NAS, Hawaii (8.2 hrs). (Source: 18)

Departed Barbers Point NAS, Hawaii for Nadi, Fiji (8.4 hrs). (Source: 18)

Departed Nadi, Fiji for RAAF Edinburgh, SA (7.3 hrs). (Source: 18)

First recorded operation by A9-760 was a night TACEX departing Edinburgh at 2020 with 10 SQN CO, WGCDR Tayles and crew. (5.3 hrs). (Source: 18)

FLTLT Ritchie and Crew 3 departed at 0805 for New Zealand on a NAVEX landing back at Edinburgh after 13.7 hours which was a P-3C endurance record for the squadron. (Source: 18)

FLTLT Ritchie flew a photographic sortie (1.7 hrs) with an ARDU Macchi. (Source: 18)

Crew 2 departed at 1400 on a TACEX/INSTEX sortie (7.8 hrs). (Source: 18)

SQNLDR Thomas carried out a Route Captaincy check on FLTLT Vanbergen landing at Nowra, Richmond and Canberra where the aircraft overnighted (3.0 hrs). (Source: 18)

SQNLDR Thomas departed Canberra with VIP Air Marshal Sir James Rowland, KBE, DFC, AFC, BE returning to Edinburgh at 0900 (1.8 hrs). (Source: 18)

Crew 4 departed Edinburgh at 0900 on a coastal surveillance flight to Pearce instead of the usual Learmonth which was closed due to Cyclone Hazel (9.5 hrs). (Source: 18)

Crew 4 departed Pearce at 0745 but was diverted for two hours on a SAR for a Taiwanese trawler missing off Learmonth. After an unsuccessful search the aircraft recovered to Pearce after 12.3 hours in the air. (Source: 18)

Crew 4 departed Pearce at 1015 on the 7.6 hour return flight to Edinburgh. (Source: 18)

SQNLDR Thomas flew an AIR TEST (1.6 hrs). (Source: 18)

WGCDR Tayles departed Edinburgh at 1500 with Air Vice Marshal J. Adams, CBE, DFC, AFC and Air Commodore L. Klaffer, AFC to Canberra (1.7 hrs).

WGCDR Tayles departed Canberra at 0800 for Edinburgh with several ILS practices en route (2.5 hrs). (Source: 18)

FLTLT Ritchie and Crew 3 departed at 0100 on a CASEX (7.3 hrs). (Source: 18)

Crew 2 departed at 0330 on a CASEX (8.2 hrs). (Source: 18)

FLTLT Jennings and Crew 4 departed at 0500 on a CASEX (7.5 hrs). (Source: 18)

SQNLDR Thomas and Crew 5 departed at 0100 on a CASEX (10.0 hrs). (Source: 18)

WGCDR Tayles and WGCDR Morris departed at 0830 escorting Mirages returning from an air display at Pearce. One Mirage experienced engine problems. After 4.9 hrs A9-760 landed at Adelaide because of excessive crosswinds at Edinburgh. (Source: 18)

FLTLT Jabornicky flew a PCT sortie and air display practice (0.3 hrs). (Source: 18)

WGCDR Tayles, FLTLT Jabornicky, FLTLT Ritchie and FLTLT Vanbergen flew a PCT sortie (2.9 hrs). (Source: 18)

WGCDR Tayles flew a formation rehearsal for an air display (1.7 hrs). (Source: 18)

WGCDR Tayles departed at 1330 to conduct a flypast to open the Edinburgh Air Display (1.7 hrs). (Source: 18)

Photographed at RAAF Edinburgh.

FLTLT Jabornicky departed at 1715 with Air Vice Marshal Trebilco, AFC and Mrs Trebilco for Laverton where A9-760 was on static display for the last air display of the year (1.1 hrs). (Source: 18)

Photographed on static display at an airshow at RAAF Laverton.

FLTLT Jabornicky returned to Edinburgh from Laverton at 1050 (1.1 hrs). (Source: 18)

WGCDR Tayles departed for Nadi, Fiji (5.8 hrs) on a six day trip to the UK for the dedication of 10 Squadron's badge at St Clement Danes (the Central Church of the Royal Air Force) in London. (Source: 18)
For this trip the aircraft was painted with a much larger version of the squadron's chimera emblem. The emblem was applied by Al Smith and Sugs Callaghan. Picture (Source: 13) Therefore it would appear that A9-760 was the first Orion to be decorated with the chimera. Subsequently, a smaller, multi-coloured design was adopted.

Departed Nadi for Barbers Point NAS, Hawaii (7.7 hrs) and Moffett Field (5.1 hrs). (Source: 18)

Departed Moffett Field for NAS Brunswick, Maine (6.4 hrs). (Source: 18)

Departed Brunswick for RAF St Mawgan, UK. (7.3 hrs). (Source: 18)

A dedication service was held at St Clement Danes (the Central Church of the Royal Air Force) in London in the presence of HRH Princess Alexandra. Tiles bearing the crests of No 10 Squadron and No 461 Squadron were laid in the floor of the church. (Source: 18)

WGCDR Tayles departed RAF St Mawgan at 1000 for NAS Brunswick (7.5 hrs). After refuelling, the aircraft departed for NAS Jacksonville, Florida (3.1 hrs). (Source: 18)

The crew held discussions with VP31 the USN training squadron at Jacksonville. (Source: 18)

Departed Jacksonville at 1000 for NAS Moffett Field. (Source: 18)

Departed Moffett Field at 0930 for NAS Barbers Point, Hawaii (6.5 hrs). (Source: 18)

Departed Barbers Point for Nadi, Fiji (8.1 hrs). (Source: 18)

Departed Nadi for Edinburgh (6.9 hrs). (Source: 18)

Crew 3 departed at 1330 on a GAY ROVER sortie arriving at Richmond after 1.8 hrs with the intention of departing for Cocos Island the next morning with the AOC Operational Command, AVM Adams but the aircraft incurred electrical problems. (Source: 18)

FLTLT Vanbergen in A9-753 departed for Richmond with parts for A9-760 and returned to Edinburgh. (Source: 18)

Departed at 0850 for Cocos Island (11.7 hrs). (Source: 18)

Departed Cocos Island for Butterworth at 0925 after a one hour delay while a leaking nose wheel strut was inspected. After 5.2 hrs arrived at Butterworth where it was decided to replace the nosewheel strut and carry out repairs to the APU. Parts and ground crew were flown from Edinburgh to Butterworth by C-130. (Source: 18)

C-130E A97-190 (FLTLT F.D. Martin) departed Richmond "with spares for P-3C at Tengah." AVM Adams and his wife returned to Richmond on A97-190 arriving on 27MAY. (Source: 19)

After cancelling the leg to Diego Garcia, the aircraft departed at 0930 for Tengah (1.1 hrs). (Source: 18)

Departed Tengah at 0905 but shortly after take-off experienced electrical problems. FLTLT Ritchie declared a PAN, dumped fuel and returned to Tengah after 1.1 hours. The AOC Operational Command transferred to a C-130 for his return to Australia. The aircraft departed again at 1250 and arrived at Edinburgh after 8.7 hrs. (Source: 18)

Crew 3 departed at 1145 on an INSTEX sortie to Richmond and return (3.8 hrs). (Source: 18)

FLTLT Parsons and Crew 6 departed at 1100 on a TACEX (5.2 hrs). (Source: 18)

FLTLT Jennings and Crew 4 departed at 1530 on Exercise TAME OVATION involving HMAS Orion in the Great Australian Bight. (9.0 hrs). (Source: 18)

Photographed at Edinburgh wearing the original larger version of 10 Squadron's chimera emblem on the tail.

WGCDR Morris and Crew 6 departed at 1635 on Exercise TAME OVATION involving HMAS Orion in the Great Australian Bight. (7.7 hrs). (Source: 18)

WGCDR Morris departed for Canberra at 0700 to pickup members of the LRMPA Project Team before transiting to the Sydney Maritime Training Area for trials on a videotape unit for the IDRS equipment. After the successful completion of the trial the aircraft returned to Canberra and Edinburgh (7.6 hrs). (Source: 18)

FLTLT Jabornicky and Crew 1 departed at 1120 on a practice storepedo drop for the forthcoming mail delivery to Macquarie Island (0.9 hrs). (Source: 18)

FLTLT Jabornicky and crew departed at 1300 for East Sale (1.7 hrs). (Source: 18)

FLTLT Jabornicky departed East Sale at 0900 for Macquarie Island where mail and supplies were dropped successfully before returning to East Sale (7.7 hrs). (Source: 18)

FLTLT Jabornicky departed East Sale at 1130 for Edinburgh (2.9 hrs). (Source: 18)

SQNLDR Thomas and Crew 2 departed at 1000 for Pearce on a coastal surveillance sortie (8.3 hrs). (Source: 18)

SQNLDR Thomas and Crew 2 departed at 0900 for Learmonth (8.2 hrs). (Source: 18)

SQNLDR Thomas and Crew 2 departed at 1000 for Darwin (9.2 hrs). (Source: 18)

SQNLDR Thomas and Crew 2 departed at 0700 for Townsville (12.4 hrs). (Source: 18)

SQNLDR Thomas and Crew 2 departed at 1200 for Amberley (5.6 hrs). (Source: 18)

SQNLDR Thomas and Crew 2 departed at 1100 for Edinburgh (5.0 hrs). (Source: 18)

FLTLT Vanbergen and Crew 5 departed Edinburgh at 1710 on Exercise TAME PURL (sic) in the Sydney MTA returning to Edinburgh (8.1 hrs). (Source: 18)

FLTLT Vanbergen and minimum crew departed at 1300 for Mascot and return (3.7 hrs). (Source: 18)

FLTLT Vanbergen and Crew 5 departed in A9-758 at 0900 on a high altitude drop trial of BARRA sonobuoys. Engine trouble forced a return after 0.8 hrs. The same crew departed in A9-760 at 1300 on a successful trial (1.3 hrs). (Source: 18)

FLTLT Vanbergen and Crew 5 departed in A9-760 at 0930 on a further high altitude drop trial of BARRA sonobuoys (1.0 hrs). (Source: 18)

FLTLT Jabornicky and Crew 3 departed at 1400 on a TACEX (5.7 hrs). (Source: 18)

WGCDR Morris and Crew 1 departed at 1400 for Canberra and return (3.4 hrs). (Source: 18)

SQNLDR Thomas departed at 1400 on a TACEX (2.2 hrs). (Source: 18)

FLTLT Vanbergen and Crew 5 departed at 1445 on a TACEX (6.0 hrs). (Source: 18)

WGCDR Morris and Crew 1 departed at 1440 on a CASEX in the Sydney MTA recovering to Williamtowm (6.6 hrs). OCEDN Air Commodore Klaffer was a member of the crew on this deployment. (Source: 18)

WGCDR Morris and Crew 1 carried out an INSTEX sortie and recovered to Williamtown (5.5 hrs). (Source: 18)

WGCDR Morris and Crew 1 departed at 0900 on a TACEX returning to Edinburgh via Sydney (7.6 hrs). (Source: 18)

FLTLT Parsons flew an AIR TEST (2.3 hrs). (Source: 18)

FLTLT Vanbergen and Crew 5 departed on a coastal surveillance sortie landing at Darwin (11.3 hrs). This sortie was aborted the previous day in A9-758. (Source: 18)

FLTLT Vanbergen and Crew 5 departed Darwin for Townsville (10.0 hrs). (Source: 18)

FLTLT Vanbergen and Crew 5 departed Townsville for Edinburgh (7.7 hrs). (Source: 18)

FLTLT Jennings and Crew 4 departed for Richmond for JUC101 Exercise SEA EAGLE 1. (Source: 18)

FLTLT Jennings and Crew 4 departed Richmond at 1730 on a CASEX with HMAS Otama. After 3.5 hrs on task the crew discovered a disabled Australian trawler and guided Otama to its position. A Sydney Police launch was also alerted before the aircraft returned to Richmond (10.0 hrs). (Source: 18)

FLTLT Jennings and Crew 4 departed Richmond at 1610 on a pre-strike reconnaissance (5.6 hrs). (Source: 18)

FLTLT Jennings and Crew 4 departed Richmond at 0500 on a surveillance (8.0). (Source: 18)

FLTLT Jennings and Crew 4 departed Richmond at 0300 on an air-sub co-operation (7.5 hrs). (Source: 18)

FLTLT Jennings and Crew 4 departed Richmond at 0300 on a pre-strike reconnaissance of 9.0 hrs. After about 8.5 hrs the crew diverted 250 nautical miles north to a search area off Evans Head where the 40ft cabin cruiser Nocturn Two was reported sunk. After an hour in the area the crew located wreckage scattered over a large area in mountainous seas. Subsequently three survivors were located in the water 12 miles off Ballina and a 9 Sqn Iroquois operating at Evans Head was guided to the area and rescued the three people. No trace was found of two other missing persons. The crew recovered to Amberley on minimal fuel resources. After refuelling, the aircraft returned to Richmond (13.5 hrs). (Source: 18)

FLTLT Jennings and Crew 4 departed Richmond at 1000 returning to Edinburgh at the conclusion of Sea Eagle 1 (2.2 hrs). (Source: 18)

WGCDR Morris and Crew 1 departed at 1000 to Townsville for Exercise KANGAROO III (2.8 hrs). A9-760 along with A9-752 and 757 comprised the LRMP element of the Orange Air Force (enemy). (Source: 18)

WGCDR Morris and Crew 1 departed Townsville at 0800 to shadow the Blue Fleet during Exercise KANGAROO III. (9.8 hrs). (Source: 18)

WGCDR Morris and Crew 1 departed Townsville at 2210 to shadow the Blue Fleet during Exercise KANGAROO III. (13.0 hrs). (Source: 18)

FLTLT Jabornicky and Crew 3 departed Townsville at 1510 to shadow the Blue Fleet during Exercise KANGAROO III. (11.0 hrs). (Source: 18)

FLTLT Grey and Crew 1 departed Townsville at 1830 to shadow the Blue Fleet during Exercise KANGAROO III. (11.6 hrs). (Source: 18)

FLTLT Jennings and Crew 4 departed Townsville at 1220 to practice Harpoon firing tactics against the Blue Fleet (11.5 hrs). (Source: 18)

FLTLT Jennings and Crew 4 departed Townsville at 0240 to practice Harpoon firing tactics against the Blue Fleet (12.1 hrs). (Source: 18)

FLTLT Grey and Crew 1 departed Townsville at 0001 to practice Harpoon firing tactics against the Blue Fleet (9.4 hrs). (Source: 18)

FLTLT Jennings and Crew 4 departed Townsville at 1800 to practice Harpoon firing tactics against the Blue Fleet (10.1 hrs). (Source: 18)

After the amphibious landing at Shoalwater Bay, 10SQN continued to be tasked on maritime strike, surveillance and pre-strike reconnaissance for F-111C. WGCDR Morris and Crew 1 departed Townsville at 0040 on a Kangaroo III sortie (8.4 hrs). (Source: 18)

FLTLT Jabornicky and Crew 3 departed Townsville at 1010 on a Kangaroo III sortie (6.9 hrs). (Source: 18)

WGCDR Morris and Crew 1 departed Townsville at 0700 on a Kangaroo III sortie (6.2 hrs). (Source: 18)

WGCDR Morris and Crew 1 departed Townsville at 0835 on return to Edinburgh via Canberra, East Sale and Melbourne (5.4 hrs). (Source: 18)

FLTLT Parsons flew an AIR TEST (0.7 hrs). (Source: 18)

FLTLT Jennings departed at 0840 for Richmond. (Source: 18)

GPCAPT Lyons departed Richmond for Edinburgh. (Source: 18)

FLTLT Parsons flew a PCT sortie (3.0 hrs). (Source: 18)

SQNLDR Thomas departed at 0810 on a coastal surveillance task to Learmonth (9.9 hrs). (Source: 18)

SQNLDR Thomas departed Learmonth on a coastal surveillance task to Darwin (6.8 hrs). (Source: 18)

SQNLDR Thomas departed Darwin on a coastal surveillance task returning to Darwin (9.7 hrs). (Source: 18)

SQNLDR Thomas departed Darwin at 0820 on a coastal surveillance task to Amberley (8.9 hrs). (Source: 18)

SQNLDR Thomas departed Amberley on a coastal surveillance task returning to Edinburgh (10.0 hrs). (Source: 18)

FLTLT Grey flew an AIR TEST (1.0 hrs). (Source: 18)

FLTLT Ritchie departed on a coastal surveillance sortie but returned to Edinburgh with hail damage to the radome. Sortie was resumed in A9-752. (Source: 18)

FLTLT Grey departed on a GAY ROVER sortie to Tengah overnighting Cocos Island on 31JAN. The crew was diverted to search for two Taiwanese fishermen swept overboard in heavy seas off the NW coast but the search was unsuccessful. (Source: 18)

FLTLT Grey returned to Edinburgh on completion of the GAY ROVER sortie. (Source: 18)

SQNLDR Grey flew an AIR TEST (1.6 hrs). (Source: 18)

FLTLT Ritchie departed on a FISHEX. On the first leg the aircraft was diverted on a SAR for the missing schooner Thisby. The aircraft recovered to Amberley.

FLTLT Ritchie departed Amberley on a second SAR for the Thisby but the search was terminated due to extremely bad weather associated with Cyclone Simon. Subsequently the Thisby was reported to have run aground. Later the same day the aircraft positioned to Townsville to resume the Townsville-Edinburgh leg of the FISHEX (26.1 hrs). (Source: 18)

FLTLT Milliner flew an AIR TEST (1.8 hrs). (Source: 18)

FLTLT Milliner flew an AIR TEST (1.9 hrs). (Source: 18)

Crew 1 departed on a FISHEX via Learmonth and Darwin with three newspaper reporters on board. The last leg included an unsuccessful night search of the Gulf of Carpentaria using IDRS.

Crew 1 returned to Edinburgh on completion of the FISHEX (22.6 hrs). (Source: 18)

FLTLT Jabornicky and Crew 6 departed for Cocos Island to attend the Cocos Anzac Day Parade. (15.7 hrs). (Source: 18)

Crew 1 with AIRCDRE Klaffer departed for Canberra to pickup VIPs for a FISHEX. Pax were Senators Jessop (SA), MacGibbon (QLD) and Elstob (SA) and Mr Dawe and Miss Thompson. The aircraft continued to Townsville the same day. (Source: 18)

Crew 1 with AIRCDRE Klaffer departed Townsville for Darwin. (Source: 18)

Crew 1 with AIRCDRE Klaffer departed Darwin for Exmouth overnighting at Potshot. (Source: 18)

Crew 1 with AIRCDRE Klaffer returned to Edinburgh via Adelaide (26.4 hrs). (Source: 18)

FLTLT Milliner relieved an 11SQN crew on a SAR flight to monitor a yacht in distress in heavy seas off Lord Howe Island. A9-760 orbited the yacht until day break. As the rescue vessels neared the yacht the aircraft's radar operator observed the yacht sailing away from the island under full sail at seven knots. The yacht was halted by the aircraft and guided back towards the island by surface craft. The aircraft recovered to Richmond where the copilot spent the night in hospital due illness. (12.2 hrs). (Source: 18)

FLTLT Milliner and crew returned to Edinburgh (1.9 hrs). (Source: 18)

Crew 4 departed on a FISHEX to Amberley. (Source: 18)

Crew 4 returned to Edinburgh on completion of the FISHEX (18.7 hrs). (Source: 18)

SQNLDR Grey flew an acceptance AIR TEST (2.5 hrs). It appears that the aircraft had not flown since 15MAY80. See 24OCT80. (Source: 18)

SQNLDR Grey flew another acceptance AIR TEST of AQS-901 fitment by CAC (1.6 hrs). (Source: 18)

FLTLT Robinson, GPCAPT Smith and FLTLT McLean flew a MAD compensation (1.7 hrs) followed by PCT sortie (2.8 hrs). (Source: 18)

SQNLDR Grey, FLGOFF Fraser and PLTOFF Bartlett flew an AIR TEST (1.0 hrs) followed by PCT sortie (3.0 hrs). (Source: 18)

CAPT Squire (CAF) and Crew 5 flew a sortie on Operation ESTES. (8.2 hrs). (Source: 18)

FLTLT Milliner and Crew 2 departed for Darwin (4.2 hrs). (Source: 18)

FLTLT Milliner and Crew 2 flew AKARANA trials ex Darwin (8.5 hrs). (Source: 18)

FLTLT Milliner and Crew 2 departed on a BURBAGE sortie to Cocos Island (9.5 hrs). (Source: 18)

FLTLT Milliner and Crew 2 departed Cocos Island on a BURBAGE sortie to Tengah (8.8 hrs). (Source: 18)

FLTLT Milliner and Crew 2 departed Tengah on a BURBAGE sortie to Learmonth (9.4 hrs). (Source: 18)

FLTLT Milliner and Crew 2 departed Learmonth returning to Edinburgh via Canberra (6.9 hrs). (Source: 18)

CAPT Squire (CAF) and PLTOFF Bartlett flew an AIR TEST (1.0 hrs). (Source: 18)

FLTLT Moxham and CAPT Squire flew PCT sortie and an AIR TEST (1.4 hrs). (Source: 18)

CAPT Squire (CAF) and Crew 5 departed for Nadi, Fiji on Exercise SILENT PEARL (6.5 hrs). (Source: 18)

CAPT Squire (CAF) and Crew 5 departed Nadi for Barbers Point, Hawaii on Exercise SILENT PEARL (8.3 hrs). (Source: 18)

Photographed at Nadi, Fiji while tasked on Exercise SILENT PEARL.

CAPT Squire (CAF) and Crew 5 flew a simulated ASW sortie from Barbers Point on Exercise SILENT PEARL (5.0 hrs). (Source: 18)

CAPT Squire (CAF) and Crew 5 flew a simulated ASW sortie from Barbers Point on Exercise SILENT PEARL (5.3 hrs). (Source: 18)

CAPT Squire (CAF) and Crew 5 departed Barbers Point for Moffett Field on Exercise SILENT PEARL (11.0 hrs). (Source: 18)

CAPT Squire (CAF) and Crew 5 departed Moffett Field for Barbers Point on Exercise SILENT PEARL (12.4 hrs). (Source: 18)

CAPT Squire (CAF) and Crew 5 departed Barbers Point for Nadi, Fiji on completion of Exercise SILENT PEARL (8.1 hrs). (Source: 18)

A9-760 was photographed at NAS Moffat Field, California during Exercise SILENT PEARL. The photographer remembered it as the day after John Lennon was shot. At the time the aircraft was still wearing the original chimera design. (Source: 6)

CAPT Squire (CAF) and Crew 5 departed Nadi, Fiji for Edinburgh (6.9 hrs). (Source: 18)

FLTLT Milliner flew a MADCOMP sortie (1.8 hrs). (Source: 18)

FLTLT Robinson and Crew 1 flew an ESTES sortie (8.0 hrs). (Source: 18)

FLTLT Moxham and Crew 6 flew a coastal surveillance sortie (10.0). (Source: 18)

FLTLT Moxham and Crew 6 flew a coastal surveillance sortie to Darwin (10.0). (Source: 18)

FLTLT Moxham and Crew 6 flew Darwin-Edinburgh direct instead of the programmed coastal surveillance leg because of a fuel leak. (4.2). (Source: 18)

Crew 6 flew a CASEX and TORPEX in the Sydney MTA as part of JUC 81-1 (8.4 hrs). (Source: 18)

WGCDR Laing and Crew 7 provided airborne SAR for Mirages ferrying to New Zealand. (Source: 18)

WGCDR Laing and Crew 7 returned to Edinburgh via Canberra (13.2 hrs 26 & 28 Feb). (Source: 18)

CAPT Squire (CAF) and Crew 5 flew an ESTES sortie (8.2 hrs). (Source: 18)

FLTLT Milliner flew an AIR TEST (3.2 hrs). (Source: 18)

FLTLT Moxham positioned A9-760 to Amberley for a static display at the Diamond Jubilee Air Display (2.7 hrs). The flying display was performed by SQNLDR Grey in A9-754. (Source: 18)

Photographed on static display at an airshow at RAAF Amberley. The aircraft was wearing the smaller version of the chimera emblem.

FLTLT Moxham returned to Edinburgh from Amberley (2.8 hrs). (Source: 18)

Photographed from A9-754 en route Amberley-Edinburgh.

FLTLT Moxham and Crew 6 flew a coastal surveillance sortie from Amberley to Darwin (10.7 hrs). (Source: 18)

FLTLT Moxham and Crew 6 flew a coastal surveillance sortie from Darwin to Edinburgh (11.9 hrs). (Source: 18)

WGCDR Laing and Crew 7 flew to Nadi, Fiji with A9-756 on Exercise SILENT PEARL (6.7 hrs). (Source: 18)

WGCDR Laing and Crew 7 flew from Nadi to Barbers Point, Hawaii with A9-756 on Exercise SILENT PEARL (8.1 hrs). (Source: 18)

WGCDR Laing and Crew 7 flew an ASW sortie from Barbers Point with the USS Puffer on Exercise SILENT PEARL (4.3 hrs). (Source: 18)

WGCDR Laing and Crew 7 flew an ASW sortie from Barbers Point on Exercise SILENT PEARL (12.3 hrs). (Source: 18)

WGCDR Laing and Crew 7 flew a sortie from Barbers Point on Exercise SILENT PEARL (12.8 hrs). (Source: 18)

WGCDR Laing and Crew 7 flew from Barbers Point to Nadi with A9-756. (8.4 hrs). (Source: 18)

WGCDR Laing and Crew 7 flew from Nadi to Edinburgh with A9-756. (7.1 hrs). (Source: 18)

FLTLT Moxham and Crew 6 flew a combined ESTES and coastal surveillance (10.2 hrs). (Source: 18)

FLTLT Crowe and Crew 4 flew a NAVEX to Townsville (9.6 hrs). (Source: 18)

FLTLT Crowe and Crew 4 returned to Edinburgh from Townsville (11.8 hrs). (Source: 18)

FLTLT McLean and Crew 4 with AIRCDRE Law flew a combined ESTES and coastal surveillance (10.5 hrs). (Source: 18)

SQNLDR Crowe flew an AIR TEST (1.3 hrs). (Source: 18)

FLTLT Moxham and Crew 6 flew a TRACKEX (10.1 hrs). (Source: 18)

FLTLT Moxham and Crew 6 flew a TRACKEX back to Edinburgh (10.7 hrs). (Source: 18)

FLTLT M. McLean flew a Flight Engineer Training sortie (4.0 hrs). (Source: 27)

FLTLT M. McLean flew a Flight Engineer Training sortie (4.6 hrs). (Source: 27)

FLTLT M. McLean flew a Flight Engineer Training sortie (4.8 hrs). (Source: 27)

FLTLT G. Hyde flew a Flight Engineer Training sortie (3.5 hrs). (Source: 27)

FLTLT M. McLean flew a Flight Engineer Training sortie (3.7 hrs). (Source: 27)

FLTLT Milliner and Crew 2 flew a coastal surveillance sortie. AVM Ridgeway AOCOC travelled on the first leg to Canberra. (10.0). (Source: 18)

FLTLT Milliner and Crew 2 flew a combined coastal surveillance and ESTES sortie back to Edinburgh (8.4 hrs). (Source: 18)

FLTLT Milliner flew an AIR TEST (2.5 hrs). (Source: 18)

SQNLDR A. Crowe flew a Flight Engineer Training sortie (2.2 hrs). (Source: 27)

FLTLT Crowe flew a squadron support sortie to Nowra, Richmond, Canberra and back to Edinburgh (5.8 hrs). (Source: 18)

WGCDR Laing flew a training flight (1.4 hrs). (Source: 18)

FLTLT Milliner and Crew 2 flew to Learmonth (5.4 hrs) where the aircraft was refuelled and then commenced a BURBAGE sortie but returned to Learmonth 2.6 hours later with pressurisation unserviceabilities. Parts were flown from Edinburgh by A9-751. (Source: 18)

FLTLT Milliner and Crew 2 resumed the BURBAGE sortie to Cocos Island (8.3 hrs). (Source: 18)

Again, replacement parts were flown from Edinburgh to Cocos Island by A9-751. (Source: 18)

FLTLT Milliner and Crew 2 resumed the BURBAGE sortie to Diego Garcia (9.1 hrs). (Source: 18)

FLTLT Milliner and Crew 2 flew from Diego Garcia to Butterworth (8.6 hrs). (Source: 18)

GPCAPT Smith flew from Butterworth to RMAF Kuantan and return (1.6 hrs). (Source: 18)

FLTLT Milliner flew a PCT sortie Butterworth-Singapore-Butterworth (2.4 hrs). (Source: 18)

FLTLT Milliner and Crew 2 flew a GATEWAY patrol from Butterworth (8.2 hrs). (Source: 18)

FLTLT Milliner and Crew 2 flew a GATEWAY patrol from Butterworth (4.9 hrs). (Source: 18)

FLTLT Milliner and Crew 2 flew a GATEWAY Patrol from Butterworth (8.9 hrs). (Source: 18)

FLTLT Milliner and Crew 2 flew a GATEWAY patrol from Butterworth and located and photographed a Soviet Charlie Class SSN and Natya Class minesweeper escort (13.6 hrs). (Source: 18)

FLTLT Milliner and Crew 2 continued to track the Soviet Charlie Class SSN and Natya escort (10.6 hrs). (Source: 18)

FLTLT Milliner and Crew 2 relocated the Soviet Charlie Class SSN and Natya escort (10.9 hrs). (Source: 18)

FLGOFF Bartlett and Crew 3 flew a GATEWAY patrol from Butterworth (10.3 hrs). (Source: 18)

FLGOFF Bartlett and Crew 3 flew a GATEWAY patrol from Butterworth (10.3 hrs). (Source: 18 & 24)

FLGOFF Bartlett flew a PCT sortie from Butterworth to Tengah and return (3.0 hrs). (Source: 18 & 24)

FLGOFF Bartlett and Crew 3 flew a GATEWAY patrol from Butterworth (10.3 hrs). (Source: 18 & 24)

FLGOFF Bartlett and Crew 3 flew a GATEWAY patrol from Butterworth (10.3 hrs). (Source: 18 & 24)

FLGOFF Bartlett and Crew 3 flew a GATEWAY patrol from Butterworth (10.3 hrs). (Source: 18 & 24)

FLTLT Crowe and Crew 4 positioned to Tengah for a Mirage ferry. (1.3 hrs). (Source: 18)

FLTLT Crowe and Crew 4 flew a SAR for a Mirage ferry from Tengah to Clark AFB, Philippines. (7.4 hrs). (Source: 18)

FLTLT Crowe and Crew 4 flew a CUCKOO task from Clark AFB, Philippines to Port Moresby. (9.3 hrs). (Source: 18)

FLTLT Crowe and Crew 4 flew from Port Moresby to Edinburgh conducting a a CUCKOO task en route (6.5 hrs). (Source: 18)

FLTLT Costain flew an AIR TEST (1.3 hrs). (Source: 18)

FLTLT Fraser and Crew 5 flew to Richmond (1.9 hrs). (Source: 18)

FLTLT Fraser and Crew 5 flew from Richmond to Edinburgh (2.0 hrs). (Source: 18)

CAPT Crocker (CAF) and Crew 6 flew a sortie for SEA EAGLE 82-1 returning to Edinburgh (10.2 hrs). (Source: 18)

CAPT Crocker (CAF) and Crew 6 flew a sortie for SEA EAGLE 82-1 returning to Edinburgh (10.2 hrs). (Source: 18)

CAPT Crocker (CAF) and Crew 6 flew an Opposed Transit with HMAS Onslow returning to Edinburgh (11.3 hrs). (Source: 18)

CAPT Crocker (CAF) flew a post R3 AIR TEST (3.2 hrs). (Source: 18)

SQNLDR Jabornicky flew an AIR TEST (2.0 hrs). (Source: 18)

SQNLDR Jabornicky and Crew 7 departed on a coastal surveillance patrol to Amberley but returned after 2.6 hours. After rectification the aircraft departed again for Amberley (2.2 hrs). (Source: 18)

SQNLDR Jabornicky and Crew 7 flew a strike sortie from Amberley in consort with F-111 and Mirage before recovering to Richmond (8.5 hrs). (Source: 18)

SQNLDR Jabornicky and Crew 7 departed from Richmond on a coastal surveillance patrol to Darwin (8.0 hrs). (Source: 18)

SQNLDR Jabornicky and Crew 7 departed Darwin on a coastal surveillance patrol to Edinburgh. The crew located a Taiwanese clam boat operating illegally on Marion Reef. (9.3 hrs). The boat was subsequently arrested and escorted to Cairns. (Source: 18)

SQNLDR Jabornicky flew an AIR TEST (3.8 hrs). (Source: 18)-

SQNLDR Jabornicky and Crew 6 departed for Cocos Island but returned to Edinburgh with anti-ice system problems (3.9 hrs). (Source: 18)

FLGOFF Chappelle and FLTLT Hennessy flew a PCT sortie (3.0 hrs). (Source: 18)

FLGOFF Gooda and FLTLT Darvill flew a PCT sortie (1.6 hrs). (Source: 18)

FLTLT Darvill and FLTLT Seymour flew a PCT sortie (1.6 hrs). (Source: 18)

FLGOFF Chappelle and Crew 2 departed for Darwin on an SAR sortie looking for a Taiwanese fishing trawler missing off northern Australia. The aircraft recovered to Darwin without sighting wreckage or survivors (10.9 hours). (Source: 18)

FLGOFF Chappelle and Crew 2 flew a SAR sortie looking for a windsurfer lost off northern Queensland. Nothing was sighted and the aircraft recovered to Edinburgh (11.3 hrs). (Source: 18)

FLTLT Fraser and Crew 5 flew a coastal surveillance sortie recovering to Edinburgh (6.0 hrs). SGT Morris (292SQN) acted as Flight Engineer. (Source: 18)

WGCDR Laing and Crew 7 flew a coastal surveillance landing at Richmond before returning to Edinburgh (9.0 hrs). (Source: 18)

FLTLT Fraser and Crew 5 flew a TAMEX with HMAS Otway (8.2 hrs). (Source: 18)

SQNLDR Crowe (292SQN) and Crew 5 flew a TAMEX with HMAS Otway (10.3 hrs). (Source: 18)

WGCDR Laing flew a trial of a 99 channel OTPI in conjunction with a PCT sortie (1.6 hrs). (Source: 18)

SQNLDR Jabornicky and Crew 6 flew an AIR TEST after a major servicing (3.0 hrs). (Source: 18)

SQNLDR Jabornicky flew a PCT sortie but was forced to return to Edinburgh after a birdstrike (2.2 hrs). (Source: 18)

FLGOFF Chappelle and Crew 2 flew a photo sortie with an ARDU Macchi. A9-760 was photographed with HMAS Canberra in the background for an RAAF documentary (1.9 hrs). (Source: 18)

FLGOFF Chappelle and Crew 2 flew a TACEX (4.7 hrs). (Source: 18)

FLGOFF Chappelle and Crew 2 flew to Pearce (3.8 hrs) and then continued on a BURBAGE sortie and located the Soviet Passat Class research ship Priboy. The aircraft landed at Christmas Island after a further 5.8 hrs. (Source: 18)

FLGOFF Chappelle and Crew 2 flew from Christmas Island to Cocos Island (2.6 hrs) refuelled and continued the BURBAGE sortie to Butterworth (5.9 hrs). (Source: 18)

FLGOFF Chappelle and Crew 2 departed Butterworth on a GATEWAY patrol returning to Butterworth (10.0 hrs). (Source: 18)

FLGOFF Chappelle and Crew 2 flew a surveillance sortie down the Malacca Straits landing at Tengah (1.7 hrs). A PCT sortie was then flown back to Butterworth (2.2 hrs). (Source: 18)

FLGOFF Chappelle and Crew 2 departed Butterworth on a Soviet Naval surveillance returning to Butterworth (10.5 hrs). (Source: 18)

FLTLT Rudy Darvill and Crew departed Butterworth on a GATEWAY CHARLIE (3.0 hrs day, 6.3 hrs night). Tracked Soviet Charlie SSGN escorted by a Krivak frigate and Foxtrot diesel submarine. Shadowed by destroyers USS Knox and USS Lockwood. (Source: 6)

Prosecution against a Soviet CHARLIE ONE nuclear powered submarine accompanied by a KRIVAK FFG and a FOXTROT SS. The trio made a standard line astern transit with a mean SOA (Speed of Advance) of 8 knots. During the transit the target was observed to stop and pick up sonobuoys that had been dropped by P-3s, as well as shoot at them with small arms fire. Twice during the transit, the on-station aircraft was fired at with flares (believed to be A9-753). The KRIVAK was observed to try and run down buoys and on occasions, the group came to a halt when buoys were dropped ahead of the target. At sinker point (when the submarine dived to start evading), the KRIVAK was seen by the crew of A9-760 to make a light signal, after which all navigation lights were extinguished and the target went sinker approximately 20 minutes later. Five minutes after sinker, the Soviets deployed two inflatable radar deflector decoy buoys at the datum. Crew dropped an active pattern on the datum but broke off the active prosecution to investigate the two decoys classified by radar as risers (surfacing submarine). A containment circle was dropped around the datum once the risers had been identified as decoys. A possible contact was made before all contact was lost. All this action happened a bit west of the northern tip of Sumatra. The Charlie was presumably on its way to the Arabian gulf to monitor USN activity. It had transited from either Vladivostok or Petropavlovsk. This prosecution went for over a week in late October 1982 with non-stop coverage by at least two P-3s (possibly a third) as the group transited up the Malacca Strait turning west adjacent to Aceh. The other known aircraft was A9-753. (Source: 6)

FLTLT McLean and Crew 6 departed Butterworth for Learmonth where they refuelled before departing for Edinburgh (11.6 hrs). (Source: 18)

SQNLDR Jabornicky flew an AIR TEST (1.3 hrs). (Source: 18)

FLTLT McLean flew an AIR TEST (0.3 hrs). (Source: 18)

FLTLT McLean flew an AIR TEST (0.8 hrs). (Source: 18)

CAPT Crocker (CAF) and Crew 6 flew a BARRA sonobuoy trial (11.0). (Source: 18)

CAPT Crocker (CAF) and Crew 6 flew a comparison trial between AQS-901 and AQA-5 (10.9 hrs). (Source: 18)

WGCDR Ware flew an AIR TEST (1.0 hrs). (Source: 18)

FLTLT McLean flew a PCT sortie (3.5 hrs). (Source: 18)

FLTLT Darvill and Crew 4 transited to Richmond (1.9 hrs) on the first leg of a deployment to Kadena AFB, Okinawa. At Richmond, GPCAPT Prior and WGCDR Lowe from HQOC joined the aircraft for the Seventh Fleet Scheduling Conference at Cubi Point, Philippines. The aircraft then departed Richmond for Darwin (5.2 hrs).

The crew for this deployment were:
SQNLDR Roehrs, FLTLT Darvill, FLTLT Tarry, LT Stephens (RAN), FLGOFF Collins, FLGOFF Needham, FLGOFF Cook, PLTOFF Lewin, PLTOFF Newell, FSGT Terbeeke, SGT Bowes,
(Source: 18)

FLTLT Darvill and Crew 4 departed for Manila (5.7 hrs) and after disembarking passengers continued to Kadena (2.0 hrs). (Source: 18)

FLTLT Darvill and Crew 4 flew an Open Ocean Surveillance sortie from Kadena under USN tasking successfully relocating a Soviet Krivak II Class frigate (7.1 hrs). (Source: 18)

FLTLT Darvill and Crew 4 flew a sortie under USN tasking to locate a Soviet EII but were unable to locate the vessel (9.3 hrs). (Source: 18)

A9-760 was photographed on the ramp at Kadena, Japan next to a US Navy P-3C which, in the early dawn light, was observed to be BuNo 160761. A9-760 is BuNo 160760. (Source: 6)

FLTLT Darvill and Crew 4 departed Kadena for Manila to collect GPCAPT Prior and WGCDR Lowe from HQOC. On approach to Manila the Number 1 engine was shut-down due to a fire warning and fire bottles were discharged (2.7 hrs). The aircraft was repaired with assistance from USN personnel at Cubi Point. (Source: 18) Photo

FLTLT Darvill and Crew 4 departed Manila for Guam (3.8 hrs). (Source: 18)

FLTLT Darvill and Crew 4 departed Guam conducting a surveillance sortie en route to Richmond (9.3 hrs). The aircraft then transited to Edinburgh (1.9 hrs). (Source: 18)

CAPT Crocker (CAF) flew an AIR TEST (1.6 hrs). (Source: 18)

FLGOFF Chappelle and Crew 2 flew a Coastal Surveillance sortie to Darwin (9.8 hrs). (Source: 18)

FLGOFF Chappelle and Crew 2 flew a Coastal Surveillance sortie from Darwin to Townsville (8.0 hrs). (Source: 18)

FLGOFF Chappelle and Crew 2 flew a Coastal Surveillance sortie Townsville to Williamtown (7.5 hrs). (Source: 18)

FLGOFF Chappelle and Crew 2 flew a Coastal Surveillance sortie from Williamtown to Edinburgh (6.7 hrs). (Source: 18)

FLTLT McLean and Crew 6 flew to Learmonth and Cocos Island (13.4 hrs). (Source: 18)

FLTLT McLean and Crew 6 flew a BURBAGE sortie returning to Cocos Island (8.6 hrs). (Source: 18)

FLTLT McLean and Crew 6 flew a MEDEVAC from Cocos Island to Perth and returned to Cocos Island (9.9 hrs). (Source: 18)

FLTLT McLean and Crew 6 flew from Cocos Island to Butterworth (9.0 hrs). (Source: 18)

FLTLT Brown and Crew 6 flew a GATEWAY A3 patrol from Butterworth (11.0 hrs). (Source: 18)

FLTLT Brown and Crew 6 flew a GATEWAY A3 patrol from Butterworth (11.0 hrs). (Source: 18)

FLTLT Brown and Crew 6 flew a GATEWAY A1 patrol from Butterworth (10.5 hrs). (Source: 18)

FLTLT Brown and Crew 6 flew a BURBAGE sortie from Butterworth to Cocos Island with CAS AM Evans on board (11.4 hrs). (Source: 18)

FLTLT Brown and Crew 6 returned to Butterworth (10.9 hrs). (Source: 18)

FLTLT Brown and Crew 6 flew a PCT sortie from Butterworth to Singapore via the Malacca Straits (3.5 hrs). (Source: 18)

FLGOFF Chappelle and Crew 2 flew a GATEWAY A3 patrol from Butterworth (10.8 hrs). (Source: 18)

FLTLT Brown and Crew 6 flew a GATEWAY A2 patrol from Butterworth (10.5 hrs). (Source: 18)

FLGOFF Chappelle and Crew 2 flew a GATEWAY A2 patrol from Butterworth (11.0 hrs). (Source: 18)

FLTLT Brown and Crew 6 flew a GATEWAY A3 patrol from Butterworth (10.2 hrs). (Source: 18)

FLGOFF Chappelle and Crew 2 flew a GATEWAY A3 patrol from Butterworth (10.2 hrs). (Source: 18)

FLTLT Brown and Crew 6 flew a GATEWAY/BURBAGE patrol from Butterworth to Cocos Island (11.3 hrs). (Source: 18)

FLTLT Brown and Crew 6 flew a GATEWAY/BURBAGE patrol from Cocos Island to Edinburgh (8.5 hrs). (Source: 18)
There are no recorded sorties by A9-760 in this period. Only a few isolated entries do not have aircraft serials recorded so it would appear that A9-760 was in maintenance for this period.

WGCDR Ware flew an AIR TEST (1.4 hrs). (Source: 18)

FLTLT Seymour ferried the aircraft to 2AD Richmond (2.2 hrs). (Source: 18)

FLTLT McLean ferried the aircraft from 2AD Richmond to Edinburgh after Deeper Level Maintenance (2.0 hrs). (Source: 18)
Although Orions were repainted by 2AD at Richmond, it was normal for aircraft to return to Edinburgh with a blank white band on the tail so that squadron emblems could be applied by No. 492 (Maintenance) Squadron at Edinburgh. On this occasion, A9-760 was marked with the number 492 on the tail. The markings were applied with dayglo tape, it is believed, to the left hand side only. The CO at Edinburgh was reportedly displeased but there wasn't sufficient time to remove the markings before the aeroplane had to be returned to service. The markings remained on the aeroplane for several months before they began to fade and had to be removed.

FLTLT McLean and FLTLT Robins flew an AIR TEST of APU and prop (0.8 hrs). (Source: 18)

SQNLDR Sampson (292SQN) and FLTLT McLean flew a pilot conversion sortie (1.2 hrs). (Source: 18)

FLTLT McLean and FLTLT Robins flew an AIR TEST (1.2 hrs). (Source: 18)

FLTLT Seymour and FLTLT Robins flew an AIR TEST (0.9 hrs). (Source: 18)

FLTLT Seymour and Crew 5 flew to Pearce with parts for the grounded A9-758 (4.4 hrs). (Source: 18)

FLTLT Seymour and Crew 5 returned to Edinburgh on an AFZ patrol (6.8 hrs). (Source: 18)

WGCDR Ware flew to Richmond with staff for the forthcoming Exercise SEA EAGLE (1.9 hrs). (Source: 18)

WGCDR Ware returned to Edinburgh from Richmond (1.9 hrs). (Source: 18)

SQNLDR Jabornicky with FLGOFF Gooda and Crew 2 flew to Richmond (1.7 hrs) refuelled and departed on AUCKEX CASEX B6 recovering to Whenuapai, NZ (9.7 hrs). (Source: 18)

FLGOFF Gooda and Crew 2 flew an AUCKEX CASEX B6 from Whenuapai (8.7 hrs). (Source: 18)

FLGOFF Gooda and Crew 2 flew an AUCKEX CASEX C4 from Whenuapai (7.2 hrs). (Source: 18)

SQNLDR Jabornicky and Crew 2 flew an AUCKEX CASEX B6 from Whenuapai (5.6 hrs). (Source: 18)

SQNLDR Jabornicky and Crew 2 flew from Whenuapai to Edinburgh conducting an AFZ patrol en route (10.3 hrs). (Source: 18)

CAPT Bayne (CAF) and Crew 1 commenced an AFZ patrol and recovered to Darwin (10.0 hrs). (Source: 18)

CAPT Bayne (CAF) and Crew 1 flew a JINDALEE trial out of Darwin (4.4 hrs). (Source: 18)

CAPT Bayne (CAF) and Crew 1 flew a JINDALEE trial out of Darwin (5.5 hrs). (Source: 18) 0

CAPT Bayne (CAF) and Crew 1 flew a JINDALEE trial out of Darwin (8.5 hrs). (Source: 18)

FLTLT P. Campbell flew a GATEWAY patrol Edinburgh-Pearce-Cocos Island (10.1 hrs). (Source: 27)

FLTLT P. Campbell flew a GATEWAY patrol Cocos Island-Diego Garcia (7.9 hrs). #1 engine oil leak. (Source: 27)

FLTLT P. Campbell flew a GATEWAY patrol Diego Garcia-Butterworth (8.0 hrs). #1 engine u/s. (Source: 27)

FLTLT P. Campbell flew a test flight at Butterworth after #1 engine and prop change (1.0 hrs). (Source: 27)

FLTLT P. Campbell flew a PCT sortie Butterworth-Paya Lebar (2.8 hrs). (Source: 27)

FLTLT P. Campbell flew a high level transit Butterworth-Edinburgh (8.6 hrs). (Source: 27)

FLTLT Seymour and Crew 5 flew a PITCH BLACK Strike Direction sortie out of Darwin (9.8 hrs). (Source: 18)

FLTLT Seymour and Crew 5 flew a PITCH BLACK sortie out of Darwin (6.0 hrs). (Source: 18)

FLTLT Seymour and Crew 5 flew a PITCH BLACK sortie out of Darwin (3.2 hrs). (Source: 18)

FLTLT Seymour and Crew 5 flew a PITCH BLACK surveillance sortie out of Darwin (4.5 hrs). (Source: 18)

FLTLT Seymour and Crew 5 flew a PITCH BLACK surveillance sortie out of Darwin (4.6 hrs). Later the same day the aircraft returned to Edinburgh (4.0 hrs). (Source: 18)

FLGOFF Gooda and Crew 2 flew a TACEX prior to departing for RIMPAC (2.8 hrs). (Source: 18)

WGCDR Ware flew an AIR TEST of a valve housing (0.8 hrs). (Source: 18)

FLTLT Nelson and Crew 6 departed for Kwajalein along with A9-751 and A9-755 for RIMPAC. (9.1 hrs). (Source: 18)

FLTLT Nelson and Crew 6 departed Kwajalein for Barbers Point, Hawaii along with A9-751 and A9-755 for RIMPAC. (6.3 hrs). (Source: 18)

FLGOFF Gooda and Crew 2 flew a CASEX/TORPEX/MINEX from Barbers Point (5.0 hrs). (Source: 18)

FLTLT P. Campbell flew a torpedo drop and kill during RIMPAC. (4.3 hrs). (Source: 27)

FLTLT P. Campbell flew an ASW direct support sortie during RIMPAC. (0.8 hrs). (Source: 27)

FLTLT Nelson and Crew 6 flew a CASEX B3 from Barbers Point (4.7 hrs). (Source: 18)

FLTLT P. Campbell flew a direct support sortie during RIMPAC. (7.2 hrs). (Source: 27)

FLTLT Nelson and Crew 6 flew a Strike Direction sortie from Barbers Point landing at Barking Sands (7.7 hrs). (Source: 18)

FLTLT P. Campbell flew a direct support CASEX sortie during RIMPAC encountering comms problems. (2.8 hrs). (Source: 27)

FLGOFF Gooda and Crew 2 flew a Barrier Ops sortie from Barbers Point (6.3 hrs). (Source: 18)

FLGOFF Gooda and Crew 2 flew a CASEX B2 from Barbers Point (5.0 hrs). (Source: 18)

FLGOFF Gooda flew 8 PCT sorties from Barbers Point to Kahului, Maui and return (8.2 hrs). (Source: 18)

FLTLT P. Campbell flew a PCT sortie to Maui to drop off passengers during RIMPAC (4.1 hrs). (Source: 27)

FLTLT P. Campbell flew a CASEX sortie and kill against a USN nuclear sub during RIMPAC (3.2 hrs). (Source: 27)

FLGOFF Gooda and Crew 5 flew a CASEX B3 from Barbers Point (7.6 hrs). (Source: 18)

FLTLT P. Campbell flew an out of area sortie observing a Soviet Yankee class nuclear sub during RIMPAC (10.6 hrs). (Source: 27)

FLTLT P. Campbell flew Barbers Point-Kwajalein with APU problems returning from RIMPAC (6.2 hrs). (Source: 27)

FLTLT P. Campbell flew Kwajalein-Edinburgh returning from RIMPAC arriving on 29JUN (9.7 hrs). (Source: 27)

FLGOFF Lewin flew an AIR TEST at Edinburgh (1.5 hrs). (Source: 18)

FLGOFF Guy and Crew 4 flew to Pearce and Cocos Island on a BURBAGE sortie (10.7 hrs). (Source: 18)

FLGOFF Guy and Crew 4 flew from Cocos Island to Butterworth on a GATEWAY patrol. (10.3 hrs). (Source: 18)

WGCDR Ware and Crew 3 flew a GATEWAY B4 patrol from Butterworth (9.3 hrs). (Source: 18)

FLGOFF Guy and Crew 4 flew a GATEWAY A3 patrol from Butterworth and sighted an Indian Foxtrot Class submarine which had recently been refitted in Vladivostok (4.1 hrs). (Source: 18)

FLGOFF Guy and Crew 4 flew a GATEWAY A4 patrol from Butterworth (9.4 hrs). (Source: 18)

WGCDR Ware and Crew 3 flew an Exercise STARFISH sortie from Butterworth (4.1 hrs). (Source: 18)

FLGOFF Guy and Crew 4 flew a GATEWAY A4 patrol from Butterworth (8.9 hrs). (Source: 18)

FLGOFF Guy and Crew 4 flew an Exercise STARFISH sortie from Butterworth (7.2 hrs). (Source: 18)

FLGOFF Gooda and Crew 2 flew from Butterworth to Edinburgh (10.7 hrs). (Source: 18)

FLGOFF Gooda and Crew 2 flew a CASEX from Richmond with CDFS General Bennett, his aide and GPCAPT Holland on board (8.3 hrs). (Source: 18)

FLGOFF Gooda and Crew 2 flew an Opposed Transit from Richmond (6.3 hrs). (Source: 18)

CAPT Bayne (CAF) and Crew 1 flew a Night Opposed Transit from Richmond (6.5 hrs). (Source: 18)

FLGOFF Guy and Crew 4 flew an Opposed Transit from Richmond on Exercise COLD SNAP and recovered to Edinburgh (9.8 hrs). (Source: 18)

FLGOFF A. Page flew a coastal AFZ Edinburgh-Townsville (9.3 hrs). (Source: 27)

FLGOFF A. Page flew a coastal AFZ Townsville-Darwin (5.8 hrs). (Source: 27)

FLGOFF A. Page flew a coastal AFZ Darwin-Pearce (10.0 hrs). (Source: 27)

FLGOFF A. Page flew a coastal AFZ Pearce-Edinburgh (6.5 hrs). (Source: 27)

FLGOFF Lewin flew a post R3 servicing AIR TEST (1.5 hrs). (Source: 18)

FLGOFF A. Page flew Edinburgh-Richmond-Williamtown for a Catalina function and trials (6.3 hrs). (Source: 27)

FLGOFF A. Page flew Williamtown-Williamtown-Richmond-Edinburgh for a flypast and trials (10.2 hrs). (Source: 27)

CAPT Bayne (CAF) flew a transit Edinburgh-East Sale-Nowra-Williamtown (3.3 hrs). (Source: 18)

CAPT Bayne (CAF) and Crew 1 flew a DUCKBUTT sortie from Williamtown to provide SAR support for USAF F-16s transiting from New Zealand to Australia. The aircraft recovered to Edinburgh. (8.2 hrs). (Source: 18)

FLGOFF Gooda and Crew 2 flew a Direct Support sortie Edinburgh-Richmond-Edinburgh (9.2 hrs). This was FLGOFF Gooda's last flight with 10SQN before his posting to Canada. (Source: 18)

FLGOFF Guy and Crew 4 positioned to Learmonth for Exercise SANDGROPER (5.6 hrs). (Source: 18)

FLGOFF Guy and Crew 4 flew a surveillance sortie from Learmonth to Christmas Island for Exercise SANDGROPER (7.7 hrs). (Source: 18)

FLGOFF Guy and Crew 4 returned to Learmonth from Christmas Island (8.6 hrs). (Source: 18)

FLGOFF Guy and Crew 4 flew a surveillance sortie from Learmonth for Exercise SANDGROPER (4.7 hrs). (Source: 18)

FLGOFF Lewin and Crew 5 flew a SANDGROPER sortie from Learmonth (11.0 hrs). (Source: 18)

FLGOFF Guy and Crew 4 flew a SANDGROPER sortie from Learmonth recovering to Pearce (7.7 hrs). (Source: 18)

FLGOFF Guy and Crew 4 flew a SANDGROPER Strike Support sortie from Pearce (6.8 hrs). (Source: 18)

FLGOFF Guy and Crew 4 returned to Edinburgh from Pearce on completion of Exercise SANDGROPER (3.2 hrs).

FLGOFF Dodds flew an AIR TEST of #4 engine (2.0 hrs). (Source: 18)

Rod Barber and min crew (11SQN) flew a LTN 72 test flight. Retasked airborne for SAR to successfully locate a fishing boat in distress off Kingston. (Source: 28)

FLGOFF Guy and Crew 4 flew an AFZ patrol to Pearce. (7.9 hrs). (Source: 18)

FLGOFF Guy and Crew 4 flew an AFZ patrol from Pearce. During the sortie a MAD search was conducted for the SS Koombana approximately 140km from Port Hedland. The aircraft recovered to Edinburgh (10.4 hrs). (Source: 18)
SS Koombana was a late Edwardian-era passenger, cargo and mail carrying steamship. From March 1909 to March 1912, she operated coastal liner services between Fremantle, Western Australia and various ports in the northwest of that State. She is best known for disappearing at an unknown location north of Port Hedland, Western Australia, during a tropical cyclone on 20 March 1912, killing 74 passengers and 76 crew; in total, 150 people died. Other than a small quantity of wreckage, no trace was ever found of the ship, which was presumed sunk along with several other vessels during the same storm. (Source: Wikipedia)
In 1973 the remains of what appeared to be a large vessel were located in deep water off Eighty Mile Beach, about half way between Port Hedland and Broome. In 1985, crew members on an RAAF P-3 Orion testing magnetic detection equipment reported a significant magnetic anomaly on the seabed 75 km off Bedout Island. To date no specific search attempts have been undertaken. (Source: http://enacademic.com/dic.nsf/enwiki/4365368)

FLTLT Robins and Crew 3 positioned to Townsville to commence an AFZ patrol (3.0 hrs). (Source: 18)

WGCDR Ware and Crew 3 flew an AFZ patrol from Townsville and recovered to Townsville (6.6 hrs). (Source: 18)

WGCDR Ware and Crew 3 flew an AFZ patrol from Townsville and recovered to Townsville (9.0 hrs). (Source: 18)

WGCDR Ware and Crew 3 flew an AFZ patrol from Townsville to Darwin (7.3 hrs). (Source: 18)

WGCDR Ware and Crew 3 returned to Edinburgh from Darwin on completion of the AFZ patrol (10.8 hrs). (Source: 18)

SQNLDR Collins and Crew 2 flew a CASEX to Richmond (9.7 hrs). (Source: 18)

FLGOFF Lewin and Crew 5 flew a transit from Richmond, landing at Adelaide because of runway works at Edinburgh (2.3 hrs). (Source: 18)

FLGOFF Dahl positioned the aircraft from Adelaide to Edinburgh (1.0 hrs). (Source: 18)

FLGOFF Lewin flew a PCT sortie (3.5 hrs). (Source: 18)

FLTLT Robins and FLGOFF Dahl flew a PCT sortie (3.0). (Source: 18)

SQNLDR Collins and Crew 2 flew a TAMEX B1/B2 (9.0 hrs). (Source: 18)
Other crew members were FLTLT Cooke and FLGOFF Cvitan. (Source: 31)

GPCAPT O'Brien and Crew 1 flew an Opposed Transit (9.8 hrs). (Source: 18)

GPCAPT O'Brien and Crew 1 flew an Opposed Transit (11.2 hrs). (Source: 18)

WGCDR Ware flew an AIR TEST for #3 prop plus a PCT sortie (1.4 hrs). (Source: 18)

FLGOFF Dodds and Crew 2 flew a Naval Support sortie and recovered to Whenuapai, NZ (8.3 hrs). (Source: 18)

FLGOFF Dodds and Crew 2 flew a CUCKOO FZ from Whenuapai and return (7.9 hrs). (Source: 18)

FLGOFF Dodds and Crew 2 flew a DUCKBUTT for Mirages from Whenuapai and return (6.6 hrs). (Source: 18)

FLGOFF Dodds and Crew 2 flew a DUCKBUTT for Mirages from Whenuapai and recovered to Edinburgh (6.4 hrs). (Source: 18)

CAPT Bayne (CAF), FLGOFF Sullivan and FLGOFF Siciliano flew a PCT sortie (1.0 hrs). (Source: 18)

SQNLDR Collins, FLGOFF Siciliano and FLGOFF Dodds flew a ferry to 2AD Richmond via Amberley (6.4 hrs). (Source: 18)
SQNLDR Barry Collins and FLGOFF Siciliano flew Edinburgh-Amberley (2.4 hrs)
After an operational stop they flew Amberley-Maroochydore-Brisbane-Coolangatta-Williamtown-Sydney-Richmond (4.0 hrs). The aircraft was cleared to orbit over Bli Bli (over a crew member's farm!) after which it was cleared for a low approach and overshoot at Maroochydore and clearance south. (Source: 31)
Thirty-three years later, on 18APR18, A9-760 repeated the approach and overshoot at Maroochydore when the aircraft was delivered to QAM.

FLTLT Cooke and Crew 6 flew a post DLM AIR TEST Richmond-Richmond (2.3 hrs). (Source: 18)

FLTLT Cooke and Crew 6 flew Richmond-Edinburgh (2.3 hrs). (Source: 18)

FLTLT Jonas and Crew 5 flew a PCT sortie (1.4 hrs). (Source: 18)

FLGOFF Dahl flew a PCT sortie (1.2 hrs). (Source: 18)

FLGOFF Lewin and Crew 3 deployed to Butterworth (9.3 hrs). (Source: 18)

SQNLDR Collins flew a PCT sortie at Butterworth (2.3 hrs). (Source: 18)

FLGOFF lewin and Crew 5 flew a PCT sortie at Butterworth (2.8 hrs). (Source: 18)

FLTLT Cooke and Crew 6 flew an AIR TEST at Butterworth (1.2 hrs). (Source: 18)

WGCDR Ware and Crew 5 flew a GATEWAY B4 patrol from Butterworth (9.7 hrs). (Source: 18)

FLTLT Cooke and Crew 6 flew a GATEWAY A4 patrol from Butterworth (8.9 hrs). (Source: 18)

WGCDR Ware and Crew 5 flew a GATEWAY A4 patrol from Butterworth (8.3 hrs). (Source: 18)

FLTLT Cooke and Crew 6 flew a PDT sortie from Butterworth to Singapore (1.4 hrs). (Source: 18)

FLTLT Jonas and Crew 6 flew a PDT sortie from Singapore to Butterworth (1.4 hrs). (Source: 18)

FLTLT Cooke and Crew 6 flew a GATEWAY A3 patrol from Butterworth (11.1 hrs). (Source: 18)

FLGOFF Lewin and Crew 5 flew a GATEWAY OUTBOUND patrol to Cocos Island (8.0 hrs). (Source: 18)

FLGOFF Lewin and Crew 5 flew a BURBAGE sortie from Cocos Island to Edinburgh (8.7 hrs). (Source: 18)

FLTLT Fraser and Crew 6 flew an AIR TEST and PCT sortie (1.2 hrs). (Source: 18)

WGCDR Ware and Crew 1 flew a RANGE SURV and AFZ patrol to Townsville (11.1 hrs). (Source: 18)

WGCDR Ware and Crew 1 flew an AFZ patrol to Darwin (7.7 hrs) and returned to Edinburgh (4.5 hrs). (Source: 18)

FLGOFF Dahl and Crew 6 flew a TACEX (4.5 hrs). (Source: 18)

WGCDR Ware flew a transit to Canberra (1.9 hrs). This was WGCDR Ware's last flight as CO of 10SQN. (Source: 18)

WGCDR Clancy flew a transit from Canberra to Edinburgh (1.8 hrs). (Source: 18)

FLGOFF Lewin and Crew 5 flew a Weapons Training sortie to Woomera recovering to Edinburgh (3.0 hrs). (Source: 18)

CAPT Bayne (CAF) and Crew 7 flew a Weapons Training sortie to Woomera recovering to Edinburgh (3.1 hrs). (Source: 18)

FLTLT Robins and Crew 3 flew a Weapons Training sortie to Woomera recovering to Edinburgh (3.2 hrs). (Source: 18)

FLGOFF Lewin and Crew 5 flew a Naval Support sortie to Nowra recovering to Edinburgh (11.3 hrs). (Source: 18)

FLTLT Tippelt and Crew 4 flew a Weapons Training sortie to Woomera recovering to Edinburgh (4.5 hrs). (Source: 18)

FLGOFF Dahl and Crew 6 flew a Fleet Support sortie (8.8 hrs). (Source: 18)

NOTE: From this point for a period of approximately one year, flying operations are listed separately in an annexe which is not available with the NAA copy of the ORB. (Source: 18)

11SQN (Crew 6) represented the RAAF in the 1985 Fincastle Trophy. The primary aircraft was A9-656 and A9-760 was the backup aircraft. The competition was conducted at RAF Kinloss against HMS Conqueror. (Source: 27)
* The following movements by A9-656 are believed to apply equally to A9-760.

A9-656* flew Edinburgh-Kwajalein (8.5 hrs). (Source: 27)

A9-656* flew Kwajalein-Barbers Point-Comox (12.8 hrs). (Source: 27)

A9-656* flew Comox-Greenwood (6.4 hrs). (Source: 27)

A9-656* flew Greenwood-Kinloss (6.5 hrs). (Source: 27)

A9-760 and A9-656 flew Kinloss-RAF Northolt (2.0 hrs). (Source: 27)

A9-760 (FLTLT C. Montgomery) flew Northolt-Kinloss (2.6 hrs). (Source: 27)

A9-760 (FLTLT C. Montgomery) flew a shakedown TACEX Kinloss-Moray Firth (2.7 hrs). (Source: 27)

A9-656* flew Kinloss-Brunswick, Maine (9.0 hrs). (Source: 27)

A9-656* flew Brunswick-Burbank (7.5 hrs). (Source: 27)

A9-656* flew Burbank-Barbers Point (6.2 hrs). (Source: 27)

A9-656* flew Barbers Point-Kwajalein (5.9 hrs). (Source: 27)

A9-656* flew Kwajalein-Edinburgh (8.9 hrs). (Source: 27)

WGCDR A. Clancy flew an AIR TEST #3 V/H change (1.5 hrs). (Source: 27)

FLGOFF S. Loney flew an AIR TEST (1.4 hrs). (Source: 27)

FLGOFF C. Wolfhart flew an AIR TEST #2 prop and APU (2.1 hrs). (Source: 27)

FLGOFF S. Loney flew a GATEWAY Charlie prosecution (10.6 hrs). (Source: 27)

FLGOFF S. Loney while operating a GATEWAY sortie declared a PAN with #1 hydraulic system failure (0.8 hrs). (Source: 27)

FLTLT M. Clark flew Butterworth-Edinburgh (10.2 hrs). (Source: 27)

FLGOFF S. Loney flew a PCT sortie (4.3 hrs). (Source: 27)

FLGOFF S. Loney flew a Fleet Support sortie in the Sydney MTA (11.5 hrs). (Source: 27)

FLGOFF S. Loney flew a Fleet Support sortie (9.1 hrs). (Source: 27)

FLGOFF S. Loney flew a Fleet Support sortie (10.9 hrs). (Source: 27)

WGCDR Clancy flew an AIR TEST. (Source: 18)

AIRCDRE T.W. O'Brien as Captain and a composite crew comprising FLTLT I. Rose, FSGT B. Neilsen, FLGOFF M. Anderson and SGT P. Champion flew to Cocos Island in A9-760 to rescue A9-661 which was unserviceable with a major fuel leak (7.7 hrs). (Source: 18)

Crew 4 (less SGT Cox) flew Cocos Island to Butterworth resuming their GATEWAY INBOUND patrol in A9-760 (9.0 hrs). (Source: 18)

AIRCDRE T.W. O'Brien and the composite crew flew A9-661 back to Edinburgh (8.6 hrs). (Source: 18)

Crew 4 flew an INSTEX sortie Butterworth-Paya Lebar-Butterworth in A9-760 (7.5 hrs). (Source: 18)

Crew 4 flew a GATEWAY B1 patrol from Butterworth but returned early with an oil leak on #2 (8.8 hrs). (Source: 18)

FLTLT Huckstepp and Crew 3 flew an INSTEX sortie Butterworth-Singapore-Butterworth (2.7 hrs). (Source: 18)

Crew 4 flew a GATEWAY B1 patrol from Butterworth (9.8 hrs). (Source: 18)

Crew 3 flew a GATEWAY A1 patrol from Butterworth (10.7 hrs). (Source: 18)

Crew 3 flew a GATEWAY B1 patrol from Butterworth (11.2 hrs). (Source: 18)

Crew 4 flew an INSTEX sortie Butterworth-Subang-Paya Lebar-Butterworth (2.8 hrs). (Source: 18)

Crew 4 redeployed from Butterworth to Edinburgh (9.2 hrs). (Source: 18)

FLTLT I. Pearson flew to Richmond and return for RANRL trials (12.3 hrs). (Source: 18)

PCT sortie (1.5 hrs). Delayed three hours due APU and generator removal. (Source: 18)

PCT sortie (2.9 hrs). (Source: 18)

A9-760 was tasked on a fisheries patrol that was planned as Cairns-Edinburgh via tactical off the Queensland coast, then transit to Edinburgh, SA. The HF2 antenna broke at its rear mount on the fin somewhere northeast of Brisbane in the Coral Sea leaving the antenna cable trailing from its forward attachment. The aircraft diverted to Amberley where the antenna was replaced. Photo (Source: 6)

After repairs to the HF antenna, the aircraft departed Amberley for home base at Edinburgh, SA. En route, photos were taken of the USS Midway off the Queensland coast. Photo (Source: 6)

FLGOFF McNab flew Edinburgh-Canberra-Amberley-Darwin in A9-760 to relieve A9-752 which had gone u/s in DRW. (8.0 hrs).

FLGOFF Cvitan and Crew 1 resumed their AFZ patrol to Learmonth in A9-760 (4.1 hrs). (Source: 18)

FLGOFF Cvitan and Crew 1 completed their AFZ patrol Learmonth-Edinburgh (9.9 hrs). (Source: 18)

WGCDR Clancy underwent a Maritime Captaincy Check (7.1 hrs). (Source: 18)

FLGOFF Norsworthy flew Edinburgh-Learmonth on a relocate sortie (7.8 hrs). (Source: 18)

FLGOFF Norsworthy flew a relocate sortie returning to Learmonth (3.2 hrs). (Source: 18)

FLGOFF Norsworthy flew a relocate sortie from Learmonth to Edinburgh (6.6 hrs). (Source: 18)

FLGOFF Norsworthy flew Edinburgh-Cocos Island but landed at Learmonth due fuel requirements (5.2 hrs). (Source: 18)

NOTE: The No 10 Squadron Operations Record Book (Jan 77 - Jul 87) ends at this point. Subsequent ORBs are not yet open for public viewing. (Source 18)
The ORB for No 11 Squadron is not open for viewing for the period 1979-1988 so any use of A9-760 by 11SQN is unknown.

Special Mk 82 high drag trials. (Source: 23)

Photographed at Edinburgh in grey and white scheme with low visibility markings.

Flew an 8.5 hr sortie from Darwin during Exercise Kangaroo 92. (Source: 30)

Flew a 6.0 hr INSTEX ex Edinburgh. (Source: 30)

Flew a 7.6 hr IRT ex Edinburgh. (Source: 30)

Photographed at Edinburgh in all-over grey scheme with RAAF 75th Anniversary nose art.

Photographed at Amberley wearing RAAF 75th Anniversary nose art. The aircraft was present for an air show which was cancelled because of heavy rains and flooding.

A9-760 was one of four Orions (A9-656, 658, 659 & 760) involved in the rescue of three sailors whose yachts had capsized in the Southern Ocean during the course of the Vende Globe Yacht Race, a single-handed, round-world race with no stops and no outside assistance permitted. Sixteen yachts had departed from France in November 1996. The first sailor to request assistance was Raphael Dinelli who activated his SARB on 26 December. Dinelli was located later the same day by Orion A9-656 and he was subsequently picked up by another competitor. A second phase of the operation commenced in the early hours of 6 January 1997, when distress messages were received from Thierry Dubois and Tony Bullimore. Both sailors were located by Orions and picked up by HMAS Adelaide. This successful search and rescue operation brought worldwide acclaim to the RAAF and RAN. (Source: 10)

A9-760 was on standby at RAAF Edinburgh as SAR 01. Her crew were called out at 0300 hours and told to fly west and expect an update when airborne. The crew were advised to uplift maximum fuel at Perth. (Source: 7)
The aircraft departed Perth at "war" weights and using all the runway in the 45 degree C temperature. (Source: 11)

RESCUE 251 left Edinburgh first followed by RESCUE 252, approximately 3.5 hrs later. Both landed at Perth International to refuel as the runway at RAAF Pearce was undergoing maintenance. RESCUE 251 arrived on station approximately 4 hours after leaving Perth and RESCUE 252 came on station approximately 1 hour later. Both crews logged missions of more than 14 hours that day. (Source: 21)

A9-760 was the first aircraft launched on 6 Jan 97 (FLTLT Ludo Dierickx captain) to locate Thierry Dubois (Pour Amnesty International) and Tony Bullimore (Exide Challenger). It located Dubois on the stern of his upturned yacht and dropped two sets of Air Sea Rescue Kit. The first drop was not completely successful - the rope between the two dinghies broke and the two remaining containers had to be dropped 'off-line'. Subsequently a second set of ASRK was successfully deployed. Dubois managed to board a dinghy (assessed to be from the first set dropped). (Source: 28)

A9-760 (SQNLDR Moth), now tasked as RESCUE 251, made the first sighting of Thierry Dubois standing on the upturned hull of his 20 metre yacht Amnesty International and proceeded to drop an Air Sea Rescue Kit (ASRK). "The ASRK was dropped from the bomb bay and called clear by the engineer. It dropped about 50 feet, floated to the port side and climbed a couple of hundred feet in altitude before we lost sight of it forever!" The duration of this sortie was 10 hrs. (Source: 8)

A second ASRK was dropped successfully later the same day by A9-656 RESCUE 252. This aircraft experienced 60 knot winds with 60 foot deflections on the radar altimeter. At 1300 nautical miles from land the sea state was 6 and the water temperature was 2 degrees C. (Source: 9)

Again with Ludo Dierickx as captain, A9-760 flew a sortie as RESCUE 254 on the afternoon and evening of Tuesday 7 Jan 97, relocating and communicating with Dubois and relocating the upturned hull of Tony Bullimore's yacht. (Source: 28)

A9-760's third sortie as RESCUE 257 (SQNLDR Alf Jonas as captain) was flown on the morning and afternoon of Wednesday 8 Jan 97, again relocating and communicating with Dubois, but unable to locate Bullimore's yacht due adverse weather. (Source: 28)

Thierry Dubois was picked up by HMAS Adelaide's Seahawk N24-005 TIGER 74. (Source: 29)

On Thursday 9 Jan 97 the final search sortie for A9-760 was as RESCUE 261, (SQNLDR Richard Moth captain). RESCUE 260 (A9-659) had already escorted HMAS Adelaide to the position of Dubois' dinghy to effect the retrieval. RESCUE 261 (A9-760) then came on task to provide any necessary support in the location of Bullimore's yacht for his retrieval. At 1152 hours Adelaide time the aircraft phone patched me (WGCDR I.M. Pearson, Acting CO 92WG) to advise that Bullimore was out of his yacht and alive. I was simultaneously talking to the ADF Command Centre in Canberra who were talking directly to the Defence Minister (Ian McLachlan) who in turn was directly connected to Mrs Bullimore in the UK. (Source: 28)

Departed Edinburgh for Majors Field, Greenville, Texas. (Source: 23)

Arrived at Majors Field, Greenville, Texas. (Source: 23)

A9-760 was handed over to Raytheon E-Systems, Greenville, Texas for modification to the prototype AP-3C under Project Air 5276. (Source: 5)

The modified A9-760 made its first test flight at Greenville, Texas. (Source: 12)

Departed Greenville, Texas on return to Australia. (Source: 23)

The aircraft arrived at the contractors production facilities at Avalon Airport, having spent more than three years at Raytheon E-Systems, Greenville, Texas undergoing conversion to the prototype AP-3C. (Source: 5)

The aircraft was ready to be delivered to the RAAF. (Source: 5)

The RAAF began Initial Operational Test and Evaluation. (Source: 5)

Photographed at Changi, Singapore for Asian Aerospace 2002. Aircraft carried a large "AP-3C" in darker grey on the forward fuselage.

The RAAF contractually accepted the AP-3C design and the prototype aircraft. (Source: 5)

Entered service as the first aircraft to be upgraded to AP-3C. The aircraft was converted by Raytheon E-Systems, Greenville, Texas. (Source: 2)

Reported to have attended the Australian International Airshow at Avalon. (Source: 4)

A9-760 was deployed to Nadi, Fiji on a SOLANIA patrol, the first for a number of years after the 2000 coup and the imposition of sanctions on Fiji. The aircraft went unserviceable (#1 engine) in Nadi and the tasked patrol was abandoned. The aircraft returned to Edinburgh on or about 03NOV03. (Source: 6)
By this time the large "AP-3C" titles had been painted out. Picture
Operation SOLANIA is the Australian Defence Force (ADF) contribution to maritime surveillance within the Pacific Region. Operation SOLANIA also supports co-ordinated maritime surveillance and patrol operations run by the Pacific Island Forum Fisheries Agency (FFA), to detect and deter Illegal, unregulated and unreported fishing activity. (Source: 26)

The annual Fincastle Trophy competition was hosted at RAAF Base Pearce, WA. (Source: 24)

Fincastle Trophy sorties were flown against the Collins Class submarine HMAS Sheean. (Source: 25)

Crewed by Crew 5 of 10SQN, A9-760 won the Fincastle Trophy in competition with Canada (CP-140 Aurora), New Zealand (P-3K) and UK (Nimrod). This was the first time that an AP-3C had competed for the trophy. (Source: 23)

The RAAF completed 8,000 flying hours in the MEAO in support of Operations BASTILLE, FALCONER, CATALYST and SLIPPER. A9-760 was deployed in the MEAO at this time. (Source: 23)

Photographed at Al Minhad Air Base in the United Arab Emirates.

A9-760 performed a flypast at RAAF Edinburgh to mark the 40th anniversary of RAAF Orion operations. Picture

A9-760 was named Brooke by the Task Group Padre, Ian Whitley, while the aircraft was deployed to the Middle East Area of Operations (MEAO) on Operation Slipper, Australia's military contribution to coalition efforts against international terrorism. For the purposes of the ceremony, the name was carried in red on a white banner which was temporarily fixed to the nosewheel door. It is not known if the name was applied permanently to the aircraft. Picture
RAAF Orions were rotated through the MEAO with two aircraft based at Al Minhad Air Base in the United Arab Emirates from 2003 until the last operation in October 2012.

TRIAL Operational Test & Evaluation CAP1 Upgrade. (Source: 23)

A contract was let to Boeing Defence Australia for 13 Orions to be repainted. Work was to be performed by Air New Zealand in Christchurch. It was reported that the Orions would not need to be painted again before their replacement by the Boeing P-8 Poseidon. (Source: 3)

Deployed on Operation GATEWAY 13-3 until 14JUN13. (Source: 23)

Army Readiness Exercise until 27JUN13. (Source: 23)

Deployed on Operation GATEWAY 13-4 until 18AUG13. (Source: 23)

Deployed on Operation RESOLUTE until 19NOV13. (Source: 23)

Deployed on Operation RESOLUTE until 25JAN14. (Source: 23)

A9-760 was used by 11SQN on Operation RESOLUTE until 19MAR14. (Source: 21). (See below)

Deployed on Operation RESOLUTE until 20MAR14. (Source: 23). (See above)
Operation RESOLUTE is the Australian Defence Forces contribution to protecting Australias borders and offshore maritime interests. The Area of Operations covers approximately 10% of the worlds surface and includes Australias Exclusive Economic Zone - extending up to 200 nautical miles around the mainland and the Christmas, Cocos, Keeling, Norfolk, Heard, Macquarie and Lord Howe Islands. AP-3C Orion maritime patrol aircraft, which operate from RAAF Base Darwin, provide aerial surveillance of Australias north-west and northern approaches. (Source: 22)

A9-760 was in transit Darwin-Edinburgh. (Source: 21)

Several RAAF AP-3C Orions were involved in the aerial search for MH370 which went missing on 08MAR14. The aerial search was suspended on 28APR14. RAAF Orions known to have participated in the search are:
A9-751, 752, 753, 759, 658, 659, 662 and 664 although others may have been involved. (Source: 15) See 31MAR14.

A9-760 was in transit Perth-Edinburgh. (Source: 21)
This sortie may have been in connection with the search for MH370. (See below)

An otherwise unidentified Orion departed Pearce at 1104 hours for Edinburgh under the callsign SEALION 46. It is not known if this is related to the flight by A9-760 on the same day. (See above). (Source: 15)
SEALION is the callsign of No 92 Wing.

A9-760 arrived at Air New Zealand, Christchurch, NZ for repainting. (Source: 16 & 23)

A9-760 departed Air New Zealand, Christchurch, NZ for Richmond after painting. (Source: 16 & 23)

Deployed on Operation Pacific Assist after tropical cyclone Pam in Vanuatu. (Source: 23)

ployed on Operation GATEWAY 15-4 until 21JUN15. (Source: 23)

Performed a flypast at Hay, NSW hometown of AVM Warren Macdonald. (Source: 23)

Deployed on Operation RESOLUTE until 05FEB16. (Source: 23)

Deployed on Operation RESOLUTE until 11NOV16. While in Darwin conducted co-operative patrol with Indonesia. (Source: 23)

Deployed on Operation GATEWAY 16-6 until 09DEC16. (Source: 23)

Deployed on Operation RESOLUTE until 07AUG17. (Source: 23)

As "Striker 06" the aircraft performed a flyover of the Adelaide Australia Day celebrations. (Source: 17 & 23)

Offered to QAM by the Australian Department of Defence.

Deployed on Operation GATEWAY 18-1 until 28MAR18. (Source: 23)

Final Operational flight (Operation GATEWAY). (Source: 23)

Letter from the US Department of State authorising permanent transfer of one decommissioned AP-3C Orion Maritime Surveillance aircraft to QAM for use as a heritage static display.

A9-760 departed RAAF Edinburgh at 0830 local time.

A9-760 arrived at Sunshine Coast Airport (MCY/YBSU) direct from RAAF Edinburgh, S.A. (YPED). A planned practice approach to Caloundra (YCDR) with a flypast over the museum had to be abandoned because of thunderstorm activity over Caloundra. The aircraft subsequently performed a high speed pass down Runway 18 at Sunshine Coast Airport at 1200 local time before breaking for a landing on the same runway at 1203. The aircraft shut down on Bay 11 at 1206. The closest road to Bay 11 is, appropriately enough, Electra Lane! On arrival there were 14,400 lbs of fuel remaining, all in the wings. The aircraft was delivered by No 10 Squadron's No. 2 Crew comprising:
FLTLT Andrew Bartlett (Captain), FLTLT Henry Ellis, PLTOFF Craig Tonkin, WOFF Ron Day, WOFF Kevin Schibrowski, FLTLT Jonno Wilson (Passenger)
The operating crew returned to Adelaide by airline later the same day.

Total Time: 14,888.9 hours. (Source: 23)

During this period, A9-760 was further demilitarised by a crew of Airbus personnel who had travelled from Edinburgh by road bringing with them a time-expired engine and two time-expired propellers. The #1 engine was removed for return to service and replaced by the time-expired unit. Props were changed on engines 2 and 3.

The Deed of Transfer was executed by the Defence Materiel Organisation transferring ownership to QAM.

The aircraft was formally handed over to QAM.

Tony Bullimore (15 January 1939 31 July 2018) passed away in Bristol, UK at age 79.

The aircraft was repositioned at Sunshine Coast Airport.

The aircraft was defuelled.

The engines and props arrived at QAM Caloundra.

The fuselage arrived at QAM Caloundra. The Clayton's Towing semi-trailer was driven by Max Quaglio, an inspirational local legend who refuses to accept that cerebral palsy is a disability. The wings were delivered in the early hours of the next morning. The reason for the delay in moving the aircraft from Sunshine Coast Airport was that QAM were awaiting the loan of trestles and tooling to dismantle the aircraft.

The aircraft was back on its undercarriage.

The final load consisting of the tail group was moved to Caloundra.

Built by Lockheed Aircraft Corporation at Burbank, California. A9-760 was the first Orion to be fitted with wings built in Canada under an offset programme. During its RAAF service, A9-760 was regularly flown by Canadian pilots on exchange duty.

A9-760 arrived at Edinburgh, SA on delivery from the USA.

First recorded operation by A9-760 was a night tactical exercise flown by the Squadron CO, Wing Commander Tayles.

Flew a navigation exercise to New Zealand and return without landing. The sortie lasted 13.7 hours which was then a P-3C endurance record for the squadron.

The Squadron CO departed on a six day trip to the UK for the dedication of 10 Squadron's badge at St Clement Danes (the Central Church of the Royal Air Force) in London.

Flew its first of many Indian Ocean patrols to Cocos Island and Butterworth in Malaysia.

Flew trials connected with the Australian BARRA sonobuoy system.

Flew an anti-submarine exercise with HMAS Otama. After 3.5 hrs on task the crew discovered a disabled Australian trawler and guided Otama to their position. A Sydney Police launch was also alerted before the aircraft returned to Richmond.

Located survivors from the 40ft cabin cruiser Nocturn Two which sank in mountainous seas off Ballina. A9-760 directed a rescue helicopter to the scene and recovered to Amberley on minimum fuel.

Located a yacht in distress in heavy seas off Lord Howe Island and orbited the vessel until day break when rescue craft neared the yacht.

Development aircraft for the fitment of the AQS-901 acoustic processor system by the Commonwealth Aircraft Corporation.

Participated in Exercise SILENT PEARL at Barbers Point, Hawaii.

Participated in Exercise SILENT PEARL at Barbers Point, Hawaii.

While on patrol from Butterworth, located and photographed a Soviet Charlie Class submarine.

Flew a SAR support sortie for Mirages deploying to Clark AFB, Philippines.

While flying a coastal surveillance patrol, the crew located a Taiwanese clam boat operating illegally on Marion Reef. The boat was subsequently arrested and escorted to Cairns.

Flew a comparison trial between AQS-901 and AQA-5.

Deployed to Kadena AFB, Okinawa for exercises with the U.S. Navy.

Flew to Whenuapai, NZ on exercises.

Flew JINDALEE trials out of Darwin.

Participated in Exercise PITCH BLACK out of Darwin.

Participated in Exercise RIMPAC at Barbers Point, Hawaii.

Flew a SAR support sortie for USAF F-16s transiting from New Zealand to Australia.

Participated in Exercise SANDGROPER in WA.

Conducted a MAD search for the wreck of the SS Koombana approximately 140km from Port Hedland, WA and identified a significant magnetic anomaly.

Flew a SAR support sortie for Mirages deploying to Whenuapai, NZ.

Flew several weapons training sorties at Woomera.

Carried RAAF 75th Anniversary nose art.

Was the first aircraft to launch in the search for yachtsmen Thierry Dubois and Tont Bullimore in the Southern Ocean. A9-760 flew four sorties on this rescue.

Delivered to Raytheon E-Systems, Greenville, Texas for modification to the prototype AP-3C.

The aircraft arrived at the contractors production facilities at Avalon Airport, Victoria having spent more than three years at Raytheon E-Systems, Greenville, Texas undergoing conversion to the prototype AP-3C.

A9-760 flown by Crew 5 of 10SQN won the annual Fincastle Trophy.

A9-760 was named Brooke while the aircraft was deployed to the Middle East Area of Operations (MEAO) on Operation Slipper, Australia's military contribution to coalition efforts against international terrorism.

It is believed that A9-760 was involved in the aerial search for MH370.

Flown to Air New Zealand, Christchurch, NZ for repainting.

Offered to QAM by the Australian Department of Defence.

Final operational flight.

Flown to Sunshine Coast Airport for storage pending disposal. Total Time: 14,888.9 hours.

Ownership of A9-760 passed to QAM.

The aircraft was officially handed over to QAM.

Tony Bullimore (15 January 1939 31 July 2018) passed away in Bristol, UK at age 79.

The aircraft was repositioned at Sunshine Coast Airport.

The aircraft was transported to Caloundra.

Airborne Electronic Officer

Australian Fishing Zone

Test flight after maintenance or modifications.

Australian Joint Anti-Submarine School (located at Nowra)

Anti-Submarine Warfare

Indian Ocean patrol via Cocos Island and Tengah. Previously known as GAY ROVER.

Coordinated Anti-Submarine Exercise

EEZ patrols for Pacific Forum countries

Deeper Level Maintenance

SAR support for fighter ferry flights

Surveillance patrol around Bass Strait oil rigs

Fisheries Exercise

Ground Controlled Approach

Intercept Detection and Ranging Sonar

Training sortie involving multiple instrument approaches

Joint Tactical Course

Joint Unit Course

Long Range Maritime Patrol

Magnetic Anomaly Detector

Magnetic Anomaly Detector Compensation

Marine Exercise

Minelaying Exercise

Maritime Training Area

Naval Air Station (USN)

Navigation Exercise

ASW Exercise

Operational Readiness Evaluation

Opportunity exercise with ships/subs during a routine passage

Pilot Continuation Training

Pilot Diversion Training

Photo Exercise

Radar Exercise

Range Surveillance. Clearing a range for naval live firing exercises

Search And Rescue

Shadowing Exercise

Submarine Exercise

Surveillance Exercise

Tactical Air Navigation

Tactical Exercise

ASW Exercise tracking a "tame" submarine

Torpedo Exercise

ASW Tracking Exercise

Compiled by Ron Cuskelly
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Sources

1

RAAF document AAP 7215.001-2-1 dated 1983

2

ADF Press Release 043/2005

3

Air Force News of 31JUL14

5

The Auditor-General, Audit Report No.10 200506 Performance Audit. Upgrade of the Orion Maritime Patrol Aircraft Fleet. https://www.anao.gov.au/sites/g/files/net616/f/ANAO_Report_2005-2006_10.pdf

6

Leigh Collins

7

Tony Di Maria

8

Anthony Esposito

9

Jamie Stirling

10

Semaphore, Sea Power Centre - Australia, Number 3, January 2007.

11

Sean Judge

12

Orion Research Group http://www.p3orion.nl/operators.html

13

Ian Pearson

14

Tom Riley

17

Nigel Daw, South Australian Air Journal Vol. 46 No. 4

18

NAA, RAAF Unit History sheets (Form A50) [Operations Record Book - Forms A50 and A51] Number 10 Squadron Jan 77 - Jul 87, Series number A9186. (Digitisation sponsored by QAM)

19

NAA, RAAF Unit History sheets (Form A50) [Operations Record Book - Forms A50 and A51] Number 37 Squadron May 78 - Feb 83, Series number A9186.

20

Glen Bridger

21

Directorate of History - Air Force, Canberra, ACT

23

Heritage & History Branch Air Force

24

Nigel Daw, South Australian Air Journal Vol. 32 No. 3

27

Log Book of SGT P.G. Scovell.

28

Air Commodore Ian Pearson, Acting CO of 92WG at the time of the rescues and author of the official history of the P-3 in RAAF service.

29

Log Book of Jeff Konemann, pilot of Seahawk N24-005.

30

Log Book of LCDR Bill Baker, USN. Then on exchange duty with 10SQN as a TACCO.

31

Log Book of SQNLDR Barry Collins.

Remarks

Added an image of the tail group on the ground at Caloundra. Thanks to Colin Campbell.

Issue: 25

DATE: 14 MAY 20

Added an image of the aircraft with all four engines and props installed. Thanks to Colin Campbell.

Issue: 24

DATE: 19 MAR 20

Previously, the list of QAM members who donated towards the cost of acquiring this aircraft was seriously deficient. The list has now been corrected.

Issue: 23

DATE: 31 JAN 20

Added an image of the aircraft back on its undercarriage. Thanks to Colin Campbell.

Issue: 22

DATE: 11 JAN 20

Added details of sorties to shadow a Soviet nuclear submarine in OCT82 thanks to Leigh Collins.

Issue: 21

DATE: 09 NOV 19

Added eleven images of the delivery to Caloundra. See bottom two rows of image table.

Issue: 20

DATE: 01 NOV 19

Added six recent images thanks to Alan Macdonald, Angelo Calleja and Colin Campbell. See bottom row of image table.

Issue: 19

DATE: 04 OCT 19

Added six new images: Thanks to Robert Wiseman and Lance Higgerson: Original markings, Original large Chimera, Roll-out with 492SQN markings Thanks to Alex Jackson: Flight test crew of the prototype AP-3C, Test flying of the prototype AP-3C

Issue: 18

DATE: 12 APR 19

Added several references from Source: 31. Added further detail from Source:8 on the Dubois/Bullimore search on 06JAN97.

Issue: 17

DATE: 30 MAR 19

Added an image taken onboard A9-760 during a flypast on 30MAY08.

Issue: 16

DATE: 28 DEC 18

Added an image of A9-760 in formation with an ARDU Mirage IIID.

Issue: 15

DATE: 20 DEC 18

Added an image of the aircraft’s data plate.

Issue: 14

DATE: 26 OCT 18

Added several flights in 1992/93 thanks to LCDR Bill Baker, USN Retired (Source: 30)

Issue: 13

DATE: 19 AUG 18

Added the identity of the RAN Seahawk (N24-005) that was embarked in HMAS Adelaide. Thanks to Jeff Konemann.

Issue: 12

DATE: 07 AUG 18

Recorded the passing of Tony Bullimore on 31JUL18. Added an image of Tony Bullimore’s rescue.

Issue: 11

DATE: 01 AUG 18

Added six new images:
Thanks to Robert Wiseman and Lance Higgerson:
Original markings,
Original large Chimera,
Roll-out with 492SQN markings
Thanks to Alex Jackson:
Flight test crew of the prototype AP-3C,
Test flying of the prototype AP-3C

Issue: 10

DATE: 17 JUL 18

Added an event on 17DEC84 from Source: 28.

Issue: 09

DATE: 15 JUL 18

Added flights 1981-1986 by Flight Engineer FSGT Peter Scovell (Source: 27) Added a photo of the Soviet Charlie Class nuclear submarine sighted by the crew of A9-760 on 16AUG81. Also added a photo of the crew. Both thanks to Peter Scovell.

Issue: 08

DATE: 13 JUL 18

Added an image of the aircraft during a visit to Kuantan, Malaysia in SEP81. Thanks to Peter Scovell.

Issue: 07

DATE: 27 JUN 18

Added 8 images thanks to Sid Mitchell who happens to live on the approach to Darwin.

Issue: 06

DATE: 24 JUN 18

Added 4 images of the aircraft at Nadi, Fiji in 2003. Thanks to Leigh Collins. Added two images of the cockpit on 11JUN18. Thanks to Angelo Calleja.

Issue: 05

DATE: 15 JUN 18

Expanded reference to Operation SOLANIA in OCT03.

Issue: 04

DATE: 14 JUN 18

Additional historical information from Source: 23.

Issue: 03

DATE: 13 JUN 18

Added 5 images of the handover ceremony.

Issue: 02

DATE: 12 JUN 18

Original issue.

Issue: 01

DATE: 11 JUN 18

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