||Built by Hunting
Percival in early 1956 as a P-84 Jet Provost T2,
G-AOHD to Hunting Aircraft Ltd, Luton Airport for use as a
company demonstrator aircraft.
21/07/1956 Flown to 4th place in the 1956
Aero Club "British Lockheed
International Aerobatic Competition" by Richard Wheldon,
FIFTEEN entries have been accepted
by the Royal
Aero Club for the British Lockheed
International Aerobatic Competition, to be held at Coventry
Civic Aerodrome, Baginton, on July 20-21 1956.
them are the three Frenchmen who gained first, second and
third places last year, M. Leon Biancotto, M. Alain Hisler and
M. Francois d'Huc-Dressler, and a woman pilot, Miss C. M.
Segado from the Argentine. All five British competitors in the
under 1,750 kg category will use Tiger Moths. This
competition, now being flown for the second time, will form
part of the National Air Races meeting. Each competitor is
allocated five minutes for his performance, which must include
a loop, a slow roll and a half-roll off the top of a loop,
plus other aerobatics of his own choice. Eliminating trials
are to be flown on Friday evening, July 20, and six
competitors will be selected to fly in the final the next day.
The three prizes are: £500 and the trophy; £300; and £200. The
awards are donated by the Lockheed Hydraulic Brake Co., Ltd.
Pilots and their aircraft are as follows:
1, aircraft over 1,750 kg (3,858 lb).
Great Britain: G. Worrall
R. G. Wheldon
(Hunting Percival Jet Provost).
2, aircraft under 1,750 kg.
Great Britain: F. S. Symondson, C. A. Nepean Bishop, F. C.
Fisher, J. W. Tomkins, J. Pothecary (all on Tiger Mouis).
France: A. Hisler (Morane 230), L. Biancotto (Stampe
S.R.7B), F. d'Huc-Dressler (Stampe S.V.4C), C. Dorgeix (Stampe).
Spain: J. L. Aresri Aguirre (C.A.S.A. 1-133 Jungmeister).
Czechoslovakia: J. Blaha (Moravan Z.226).
Argentina: S. Germano (Focke-Wulf Stieglitz), Miss C.
M. Segado (Focke-Wulf Stieglitz).
14/09/57 Noted at RAF Little Rissington,
April to August 1958 South American Sales tour (Via Trinidad),
05/04/58 Arrived crated in Trinidad,
09/04/58 to 20/04/58 Assembled by S.Ashby, (Hunting Aircraft
Service Engineer), F.Ashley (Armstrong Siddeley Service Engineer)
& Richard."Dick".N.Rumbelow. (Hunting Percival Test Pilot
21/04/58 First flight after re-assembly,
28/04/58 Flown from Trinidad to Caracas, Venezuela by Rumbelow &
Ashley, (1 Hour 55 Mins/340 n.m.),
Six Venezuelan Air Force officers evaluated the aircraft at
08/05/58 Flown to Bogotá, Columbia via Maracaibo, (2 Hours),
Replaced unserviceable radio,
20/05/58 Flown to Cali, Columbia,
23/05/58 Flown to Quito, Ecuador,
29/05/58 Flown from Quito to Talara, Peru and then Chiclayo and
Trained five Peruvian Air Force students to solo standard,
28/06/58 Departed Lima to Santiago Chile with refuelling stops
at Pisco, Arequipa, Arica, Antofagasta & Vallenar,
Aerobatic demonstration at El Bosque,
02/07/58 Ten Chilean Air Force officers given demonstration
03/07/58 Flew to Mendoza, Argentina,
04/07/58 Flown to Cordoba, Argentina, for demonstrations
04/07/58 Replaced damaged flap interconnecting rod,
08/07/58 To Buenos Aires, Argentina,
13/07/58 Flown to the Argentine Navy Flying training School at
Aircraft returned to Buenos Aires,
19/07/58 Flew to Montevideo, Uruguay Rumbelow with D.M.Bay as
Demonstrated at Carrasco airfield,
25/07/58 Flown from Montevideo to Rio de Janeiro, Brazil with
refuelling stops at Pelotas, Porto Allegre, Curitaba and Sao
Demonstrated at the training school at Campos dos Afonsos,
02/08/58 By special permission, Rumbelow carried out an
aerobatic display over Copacabana Beach, as the final display of
Further demonstration flights were given to Brazilian Air Force
officers at Santos Dumont,
12/08/58 Final flights of the South American tour,
12/08/58 Commenced crating aircraft for return to Luton, UK.
The Tour in General. Apart from demonstrating the skill
of Rumbelow as a pilot, navigator and flying instructor, and of
Ashby and Ashley as service engineers, the tour bore witness to
the exceptional reliability of the Jet Provost and its Viper
engine. Six to seven thousand miles from its home base, with
only two suitcases of spares, the aircraft carried on
consistently day in and day out. One instrument was replaced,
two navigation light filaments, a pair of rubber seals in the
brakes, one flap-interconnecting rod, and two main wheel tyres.
Fifty- and 100-hour schedules were carried out, in each case on
a Sunday with no interruption to the flying programme. A welding
repair was effected on the jet tail-cone at Montevideo, again
without delaying the programme. During the tour a total of 123
people flew in the aircraft. In some 8,400 miles' transit flying
nine countries were visited and 27 airfields used. Total flying
time was 178 hours in 268 flights. No fewer than 630 landings
were made; this is explained partly by the ab initio experiment
in Peru and partly by the fact that demonstration of the circuit
and landing characteristics was deemed important everywhere. The
expedition was directed by D. M. Bay, Deputy Sales Manager, who
was accompanied by A. N. Kingwill, Services Liaison Officer.
Shipped from Argentina to the UK and remained crated after
arrival at Luton,
Early 1959 Crated aircraft sent from Luton, UK to Bankstown,
Early April 1959 Assembled in Australia by de Havilland,
Bankstown for the first time since it's South American Sales
??/??/59 Ordered by the RAAF from de Havilland via Order No. ABO
20/04/59 Issued by de Havilland, Bankstown to RAAF Canberra,
Delivered to the RAAF, fitted with Viper ASV-58 ASV-L-1515,
28/04/59 Issued to Canberra ex de Havilland, Bankstown.
Held at Point Cook.
??/??/59 Ground incident RAAF Point Cook, Pilot Flt Lt
Damage to port undercarriage repaired.
To De Havilland at Bankstown.
Charter arrangements terminated.
11/08/1961 Registration G-AOHD cancelled.
Presented to the Sydney Technical College, Ultimo as an
??/??/83 To Richard E. Hourigan, Melbourne VIC,
Held by the RAAF Museum at Point Cook VIC in