WSK MIELEC SB Lim-2 C/N 1A0 636

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Lim derives from the Polish "Licencyjny mysliwiec" which translates as "fighter license".
SB derives from the Polish "Szkolno-Bojowy" which translates as "Training-Combat".

Built by WSK Mielec in late 1953 as a Lim-1 single seat fighter (a licence-built MiG-15). (Source: Janusz Maksymowicz via Bartosz Klimczak)

Issued to the 29th Fighter Aviation Regiment in Orneta city (North Poland). (Source: Janusz Maksymowicz via Bartosz Klimczak)

Issued from 61th Training-Combat Aviation Regiment in Nowe Miasto to 59th Training-Combat Aviation Regiment in Biala Podlaska. (Source: Janusz Maksymowicz via Bartosz Klimczak)

Probably in 1964 after the disbandment of 59th Training-Combat Aviation Regiment in Biala Podlaska, the aircraft was converted to a two seat version SBLim-1 (equivalent to the Russian MiG-15UTI). SB is an abbreviation of "Szkolno-Bojowy" which translates as Training-Combat. (Source: via Bartosz Klimczak)

Sometime during the period 09JAN70 to 30MAY70, the aircraft was fitted with the rear fuselage and tail from Lim-2 s/n 1B-01221 thus becoming a SBLim-2 (for which there is no Russian equivalent). This was previously reported erroneously as having taken place during the c1964 conversion. (Source: Robert Senkowski and Slawomir Bartosik via Tony Morris, UK)

Arrived at Aviation Repair Workshop No.2 (LZR-2) / Military Aviation Depot No. 2 (WZL-2) in Bydgoszcz from Military Unit 2571 in Slupsk. It is presumed that the aircraft arrived by rail as it was then minus an engine. (Source: Remigiusz Gadacz via Bartosz Klimczak)

The aircraft was flown away to Military Unit 5058 (61st Training-Combat Aviation Regiment) in Biala Podlaska. (Source: Remigiusz Gadacz via Bartosz Klimczak)

Arrived at Aviation Repair Workshop No.2 (LZR-2) / Military Aviation Depot No. 2 (WZL-2) in Bydgoszcz from Military Unit 5058 (61st Training-Combat Aviation Regiment). This was the fifth overhaul for the aircraft. (Source: Remigiusz Gadacz via Bartosz Klimczak)

The aircraft was flown away to Military Unit 5058 (61st Training-Combat Aviation Regiment) in Biala Podlaska. (Source: Remigiusz Gadacz via Bartosz Klimczak)

Sold to Randal W. McFarlane, Brisbane, Qld. (Source: Randal McFarlane)

Struck off charge by the Polish Air Force. (Source: Robert Senkowski and Slawomir Bartosik via Tony Morris, UK)

Sold to Hockey Treloar, Bankstown, NSW. Registration VH-LKW reserved but not taken up. Stored dismantled at Bankstown. (Source: Warbirds Directory v4 by Geoff Goodall) Picture

Arrived at Nowra by road from Bankstown having been gifted to the Australian Naval Aviation Museum Foundation by Hockey Treloar. (Source: Mark Clayton)

Arrived at Classic Jets Fighter Museum, Parafield. (Source: CJFM Newsletter No. 14)

Restoration of the tailplane completed. (Source: CJFM Newsletter No. 16)

"After twelve months of serious work to repair the badly dented Lim-2 fuselage, fin, rudder and tailplane" the fuselage was moved from CJFM to the TAFE hangar at Parafield to be used as a training aid by TAFE students and to provide room at CJFM for the restoration of the wings. (Source: CJFM Newsletter No. 18)

Title transferred from Australia's Museum of Flight, Nowra to Classic Jets Fighter Museum, Parafield, SA. (Source: CJFM)

The aircraft was photographed outside the CJFM hangar structurally complete and on its wheels. (Source: CJFM Newsletter No. 21)

The aircraft was used as a backdrop in a photo shoot for jump blues band "Roj and the Jam Jets". The aircraft was decorated with appropriate nose art. (Source: CJFM Newsletter No. 22)

Reported to be inside the CJFM hangar on display beside the Sabre. (Source: CJFM Newsletter No. 23)

Classic Jets Fighter Museum accepted QAM's offer to purchase the aircraft. Delivery is planned for the latter half of 2010.

Loaded at Classic Jets, Parafield.

Departed Port Pirie, SA.

Arrived at QAM, Caloundra at 2130.

Unloaded at QAM Caloundra.

Placed on display in Hangar 2. QAM records its thanks to Marek Radomski and Bartosz Klimczak for assisting with research into the aircraft's Polish history and markings.

Compiled by Ron Cuskelly
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Added an image of the aircraft in storage at Bankstown in March 1990. Thanks to Bob Livingstone.

Issue: 10

DATE: 04 OCT 16

Added an explanation of “Lim”.

Issue: 09

DATE: 22 FEB 15

Amended the aircraft’s Polish history with information from Robert Senkowski and Slawomir Bartosik via Tony Morris (UK).

Issue: 08

DATE: 09 DEC 11

Minor changes to Polish units and sources provided by Bartosz Klimczak.

Issue: 07

DATE: 01 JUL 11

Added an image of the aircraft on display.

Issue: 06

DATE: 26 JUN 11

Added details and images of the arrival at Caloundra.

Issue: 05

DATE: 22 NOV 10

Added further details of the aircraft’s time at Nowra thanks to Mark Clayton.

Issue: 04

DATE: 29 JUN 10

Added further details of the aircraft’s military service thanks to Bartosz Klimczak in Poland.

Issue: 03

DATE: 17 JUN 10

Added details of the aircraft’s military service thanks to Remigiusz Gadacz and Bartosz Klimczak in Poland.

Issue: 02

DATE: 15 JUN 10

Original issue.

Issue: 01

DATE: 13 JUN 10

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