DE HAVILLAND VAMPIRE F MK 30 A79-476
MSN 4018

 



A79-876
   
Built by Hawker de Havilland at Bankstown with serial A79-876.
06MAR51
Received at 2AD, Richmond ex de Havillands. (Source: 1)
07MAR51
Received at 78 Wing, Williamtown ex 2AD. (Source: 1)
26APR51
Unserviceable at 78 Wing with crack in boom. (Source: 1)
22MAY51
A79-876 inspected and tested at 75SQN. At this time 78 Wing (75SQN and 76SQN) had an establishment of 18 Vampires and a strength of 16. (Source: 3)
23MAY51
A79-876 inspected and tested at 75SQN. (Source: 3)
24MAY51
Serviceable at 78 Wing. (Source: 1)
04APR52
Allotted 2OTU, Williamtown ex 78 Wing. (Source: 1)
18SEP52
Held serviceable at 2OTU. (Source: 1)
MAR53
Issued as A79-476 to 21SQN ex 2AD Richmond. (See note below). (Source: 2)
No. 21 (City of Melbourne) Squadron was a Citizen Air Force (reserve) fighter squadron based at Laverton, Victoria.
OCT53
Received as A79-876 at 2AD, Richmond ex Williamtown. (Source: 2)
MAY55
Received as A79-876 at 2AD ex de Havillands. (Source: 2)
JUN55
Issued as A79-876 to 2OTU ex 2AD. (Source: 2)
Note: When the aircraft was built, the serial numbers were "scrambled" for perceived security benefits. When production of the two-seat Vampire trainers began in 1955, it emerged that some of the planned serial numbers clashed with the single-seat Vampires. Accordingly, several of the Mk 30/31 Vampires were renumbered and A79-876 became A79-476. The precise date when this renumbering took place is not evident from the aircraft status card. It should be noted that 2AD records for March 1953 mention A79-476 whereas the same source mentions A79-876 well into 1955. Therefore it is possible that the March 1953 reference is an error.
A79-476
   
05SEP56
  Allotted to 3AD, Amberley ex de Havillands. (Source: 1)
29OCT56
  Allotted to 2OTU ex 3AD pending receipt of A79-433 ex de Havillands. (Source: 1)
10DEC56
  Despatched to 3AD ex 2OTU and placed in reserve. (Source: 1)
12MAY57
  Approved for conversion to Instructional Airframe No 5 and Instructional Engine No 5 (Nene CAC72). (Source: 1)
23AUG57
  Despatched ex 3AD and received at RAAF School of Technical Training, Wagga. (Source: 1)
06SEP62
  HQ Wagga request that aircraft be converted to a pressurisation test rig requiring only the fuselage, inboard mainplanes and undercarriage. (Source: 1)
14SEP62
  Approval to convert aircraft to a pressurisation test rig. (Source: 1)
OCT70
  Held at Wagga. (Source: 1)
12MAY71
  Appears to be date of authority for disposal ex Base Sqn Wagga. (Source: 1)
    Displayed at the Gold Coast War Museum at Mudgeeraba.
AUG91
  Purchased from Qld Vintage Aeroplane Group by QAM and subsequently collected ex Samford.
05JUL92
  Transported to Caloundra and stored. The fuselage pod was subsequently transported to the Brisbane residence of QAM member, Noel Sparrow (1931-2014) for repairs to the woodwork.
18AUG09
  Transported to Caloundra after repairs to the woodwork.

 

SOURCES
1
RAAF Form E/E.88 Airframe Record Card
2
NAA: RAAF Unit History sheets (Form A50) [Operations Record Book - Forms A50 and A51] Number 2 Aircraft Depot 1936 - 1961, Series number A9186, Control Symbol 293.
3
NAA: RAAF Unit History sheets (Form A50) [Operations Record Book - Forms A50 and A51] Number 78 Wing Nov 43 - Nov 59, Series number A9186, Control Symbol 654.

 

 

Compiled by Ron Cuskelly

 

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ISSUE
DATE
REMARKS
7
06SEP19
Added details from Source 3.
6
17AUG16
Added details from Source 2.
5
04JUN16
Added an image of the partially restored pod.
4
04JUL13
Added an image of the aircraft at the Gold Coast War Museum.
3
04SEP09
The fuselage pod has been returned to Caloundra after repairs.
2
29JAN02
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