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RAAF A89 Lockheed Neptune
P2V-4 and P2V-5 (later P-2E)
P2V-7 (later SP-2H)

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Neptune A89-271 
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RAAF.Serial c/n Type  USN.Serial Aircraft History
A89-225 5112 P-2E
P2V-5

 
133650 Delivered 31/01/53.
Re-Serialled A89-311
A89-228 5094 P-2E
P2V-5
133647 Delivered 03/12/52.
Re-Serialled A89-306
 
A89-236 5111 P-2E
P2V-5
133649 Delivered 24/12/52.
Re-Serialled A89-310
 
A89-270 7270 SP-2H
P2V-7
149070 Delivered 03/62.
Laverton Airshow 18/04/1971.
Served with 10 Sqn.
Broken up at Laverton 1977.

Highlight for Album: Neptune A89-270

A89-271 7271 SP-2H
P2V-7
149071 Delivered 03/62.
Laverton Airshow 18/04/1971.
Served with 10 Sqn.
Broken up at Laverton 1977.

Highlight for Album: Neptune A89-271

A89-272 7272 SP-2H
P2V-7
149072 Delivered 03/62. Served with 10 Sqn.
Was the gate guard at RAAF Townsville QLD.
Storm damaged during cyclone Yasi 03/2011.
Removed from gate,
Used
as a source of spare parts in the restoration of the less damaged A79-280 which replaced it as gate guard 10/2012
26/08/2015 offered for disposal via Tender
02/2016 donated to HARS. To be displayed at their Parkes, NSW museum

Highlight for Album: Neptune A89-272

A89-273 7273 SP-2H
P2V-7
149073 Built at Lockheed’s Burbank plant in California, USA at a cost of $818,452.33.
It arrived in Townsville on 10/03/62,
Allocated to No. 10 Squadron Royal Australian Air Force.
During its years of service it logged a total of 5476 flying hours.
Registered VH-IOY from 07/05/81.
Currently airworthy with HARS based at Albion Park, NSW

Highlight for Album: Neptune A89-273

A89-274 7274 SP-2H
P2V-7
149074 Delivered 03/62.
Served with 10 Sqn.
Broken up at Laverton 1977.

Highlight for Album: Neptune A89-274

A89-275 7275 SP-2H
P2V-7
149075 Delivered 03/62.
Served with 10 Sqn.
Static Display RAAF Museum Point Cook VIC.
 

Highlight for Album: Neptune A89-275

A89-276 7276 SP-2H
P2V-7
149076 Delivered 03/62.
Served with 10 Sqn.
Sold to Confederate Air Force, USA. for spares.
Broken up by Curtain Brothers at Townsville.

Highlight for Album: Neptune A89-276

A89-277 7277 SP-2H
P2V-7
149077 Delivered 03/62.
Served with 10 Sqn.
Static Display Beck Collection, Mareeba QLD.
Sold to Queensland Air Museum 30/09/2015.
Dismantled and delivered to QAM 2016

Highlight for Album: Neptune A89-277

A89-278 7278 SP-2H
P2V-7
149078 Delivered 03/62.
Served with 10 Sqn.
Broken up at Laverton 1978.

Highlight for Album: Neptune A89-278

A89-279 7279 SP-2H
P2V-7
149079 Delivered 03/62.
Served with 10 Sqn.
Was on static display at Dubbo Military Museum NSW.
Offered for sale 04/2012
24/07/2013 departed by road to new owner at Mudgee, NSW

Highlight for Album: Neptune A89-279

A89-280 7280 SP-2H
P2V-7
149080 Delivered 03/62.
Served with 10 Sqn.
Located at RAAF Townsville.
Storm damaged during cyclone Yasi 03/2011.
Restored using A89-272 as a source of spare parts.
Replaced -272 as gate guard 10/2012.
Currently gate guard RAAF Townsville.

Highlight for Album: Neptune A89-280

A89-281 7281 SP-2H
P2V-7
149081 Delivered 03/62.
Served with 10 Sqn.
Flown Townsville to Amberley for disposal 6/12/77.
06/78 sold to Chewing Gum Field Museum, Tallebudgera, QLD
12/07/90 trucked to Archerfield Airport.
Registration reserved VH-NEP.
Sold to AeroCorp Australia Pty Ltd of Perth 07/2000.
Donated to HARS 08/2003.
Between 12/2003 and 06/2005 dismantled and trucked to Albion Park, NSW
Currently on static display HARS Albion Park NSW.

Highlight for Album: Neptune A89-281

Not to be confused with A89-281 there is a second Neptune with the registration VH-NEP. It is also owned by AeroCorp Australia Pty Ltd
It is not an ex-RAAF example but ex-USN Bu.No. 145921 imported in 11/1988
Converted to a tanker for fire fighting duties. Registered VH-NEP in 02/1999
Apart from a couple of test drops in 2003 it has been inactive, stored at Cunderdin, WA

Neptune VH-NEP 
Cunderdin, WA 
Photo Simon Coates

 

A89-294 5093 P-2E
P2V-5
133646 Delivered 12/52.
Re-Serialled A89-303.
A89-301 5022 P-2E
P2V-4
133641 Previously A89-592.
All these were P2V5's except 301 and 302 which were P2V4's.
Served with 11 Sqn. 09/59,
To USA for Mod to Mk.4.
4/1966 allocated to Laverton and used as a training aid by 21 Squadron and the Radio School as Instructional No.1 Serial A89-A-TA applied to fusleage
Stripped of many parts and engines removed by 18/05/73
Allocated to fire training 03/74
Burned at Laverton.

Highlight for Album: Neptune A89-301

A89-302 5021 P-2E
P2V-4
133640 Previously A89-595.
All these were P2V5's except 301 and 302 which were P2V4's.
Served with 11 Sqn. 12/10/51, belly landed when gear would not lower at Lake Muroc in the USA prior to coming to Australia.
The chain that controls the undercarriage doors broke and it was unable to open and the undercarriage was unable to extend.
Delivered to RAAF 11/51.
Served with 11 Sqn RAAF.
Allocated to RSTT Wagga Wagga NSW as training aid.
Repainted Light Gull Grey and white by 1978
Returned to Deep Sea Blue and white scheme by 1987

Transported to Point Cook VIC and now in storage for the RAAF Museum.

Highlight for Album: Neptune A89-302

A89-303 5093 P-2E
P2V-5
133646 Previously A89-294.
Served with 11 Sqn.
08/54 to USA for mod to Mk.4.
1/10/54 the tail turret was ripped from the aircraft by a hit and run incident involving RAAF truck s/n 214007
Used for strip clearance trials in 1970-71. It was lifted by the big crane.
The undercarriage was folded and the aircraft was lowered again and dragged by two paymovers, one on each end of the barrier net.
One blade of each prop was cut off using an oxy torch.
Used for parts and disposed of by Marrickville Salvage 07/76.

Highlight for Album: Neptune A89-303

A89-304 5092 P-2E
P2V-5
133645 Previously A89-545.
Served with 11 Sqn.
07/59 to USA for mod to Mk.4.
Named "Carpetbaggers"
Broken up at Bankstown in 1969.

Highlight for Album: Neptune A89-304

A89-305 5086 P-2E
P2V-5
133642 Previously A89-983.
Served with 11 Sqn.
One of 3 Neptunes that took part in Operation Westbound, the first round-the-world flight by the RAAF 20/02/57 to 4/04/57
08/59 to USA for mod to Mk.4.
Used for parts and scrapped

Highlight for Album: Neptune A89-305

A89-306 5094 P-2E
P2V-5
133647 Previously A89-228. Served with 11 Sqn.
07/59 to USA for mod to Mk.4.
Named 'A Hard Days Night'.
Broken up at Bankstown.

Highlight for Album: Neptune A89-306

A89-307 5088 P-2E
P2V-5
133644 Previously A89-589.
Served with 11 Sqn.
07/59 to USA for mod to Mk.4.
Named 'Thunderballs' 11/68,
Broken up at Bankstown.

Highlight for Album: Neptune A89-307

A89-308 5087 P-2E
P2V-5
133643 Previously A89-736.
Served with 11 Sqn.
Damaged after performing a wheels up landing on 18/10/55.
The aircraft hung a practice bomb and on landing at Richmond the practice bomb came loose and put a hole in the runway, date unknown.
LAC L. Chapman walked into the prop of this aircraft at RAAF base Richmond on the 27th of March 1958 at 2215 and was killed.
Crashed 04/02/59 onto the banks of the Hawkesbury River at Cornwallis, Richmond.
A
fire in the port engine nacelle, caused by the disintegration of the power recovery turbine wheel (PRT) for the engine.
The disintegration of the PRT caused the severing of fuel lines inside the wheel well, which then ignited the fuel spewing out of the lines.
The ensuing fire burned fiercely and before the aircraft could enter into an emergency landing pattern the fire burned through to the wing subsequently causing the wing to fail in-flight a short time later.

All Crew died.
SQNLDR Geoffrey Ronald Cullen O5830 (Pilot), SQNLDR Joseph Kevin McDonald O11350 AFC (Signaller), FLTLT Robert Alfred De-Russett-Kydd O23853 (Nav), FLGOFF Frederick John Wood O2483 (Signaller), PLTOFF George Ivan Holmes O14395 (Co-Pilot), PLTOFF Terence Patrick O'Sullivan O23340 (Signaller), WOFF Vincent Joseph McCarthy A24672 (Signaller), FSGT John Michael Rock A213190 (Nav).

This occurred on the last flight prior to it going away for fitting of J34 jet engines.
It was the only RAAF Neptune not to receive the jets.

Highlight for Album: Neptune A89-308

A89-309 5110 P-2E
P2V-5
133648 Previously A89-694.
Served with 11 Sqn.
08/59 to USA for mod to Mk.4.
Named 'Pussy Galore'. 06/69,
Broken up at Bankstown.

Highlight for Album: Neptune A89-309

A89-310 5111 P-2E
P2V-5
133649 Previously A89-236.
Served with 11 Sqn.
06/59 to USA for mod to Mk.4.
1974-77 Fire Practice at Wagga Wagga, NSW.
Written off 29/06/77

Highlight for Album: Neptune A89-310

A89-311 5112 P-2E
P2V-5
133650 Previously A89-225.
Served with 11 Sqn
One of 3 Neptunes that took part in Operation Westbound, the first round-the-world flight by the RAAF 20/02/57 to 4/04/57
09/59 to USA for mod to Mk.4.
Named "La Dolce Vita"
10/69 Broken up at Bankstown.

Highlight for Album: Neptune A89-311

A89-312 5122 P-2E
P2V-5
133651 Previously A89-405.
Served with 11 Sqn.
06/59 to USA for mod to Mk.4.
Named "The Longest Day"
11/69 Broken up at Bankstown.

Highlight for Album: Neptune A89-312

A89-405 5122 P-2E
P2V-5
133651 Delivered 30/01/53.
Re-Serialled A89-312.
A89-545 5092 P-2E
P2V-5
133645 Delivered 12/52.
Re-Serialled A89-304.
A89-589 5088 P-2E
P2V-5
133644 Delivered 30/01/53.
Re-Serialled A89-307.
A89-592 5022 P-2E
P2V-4
133641 Delivered 09/11/51.
Re-Serialled A89-301.
A89-595 5021 P-2E
P2V-4
133640 Delivered 02/11/51.
Re-Serialled A89-302.
A89-694 5110 P-2E
P2V-5
133648 Delivered 06/02/53.
Re-Serialled A89-309.
A89-736 5087 P-2E
P2V-5
133643 Delivered 03/12/52.
Re-Serialled A89-308.
A89-983 5086 P-2E
P2V-5
133642 Delivered 24/12/52.
Re-Serialled A89-305.
 

 

 

 

 

The Authors of this page are Darren Crick, Martin Edwards and Brendan Cowan

Source: The Lockheed Files by Ron Cuskelly, CASA Aircraft Records.

Emails: Martin Kaye, Dean Norman, Clive Lynch, David Jones, Col Tigwell, Grahame Higgs, Ron Cuskelly, Graham Mison, Rod Farquhar, John Bennett, Mick Burke.

Updated 28th October 2016

 

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