VH-EAQ. Convair C-131F. c/n 308.

 

Constructed by the Convair Division of the General Dynamics Corporation at San Diego, California

Construction completed as a Convair R4Y-1 / C-131F (CV-340-71) - 1956

Powered by Pratt and Whitney R-2800-CB-16 Double Wasp engines

Accepted by Bureau of Aeronautics Field Activities for the United States Navy - May 18, 1956

Issued BuAer Number 141025

Allocated to Overhaul & Repair, Naval Air Station Corpus Christi, Texas - June 25, 1956

Allocated to Naval Air Test Center (NATC) Research & Development - November 08, 1956

Aircraft was based at Naval Air Station Patuxent River, Maryland

Redesignated Convair C-131F - September 18, 1962

Observed with day-glo lower forward fuselage and outer wing panels and part day-glo tail, small red stylised 'W' and

NATC titles on tail with radomes fitted under forward and rear fuselage - 1963

Observed with radar nose fitted and dat-glo livery removed - August 15, 1963

Allocated to NATC Weapons System Test, Electronic Test Laboratory (NATC-W) - July 1, 1964

Aircraft now sported wide blue fuselage cheatline bordered in red with stylised 'ET' forward of front cabin door

Had 'Naval Air Test Center' titles on upper fuselage and U.S. military insignia with 'Navy' titles under the

cockpit window and 'W.S.T. 025' serial on nose, with radomes under forward and rear fuselage

Aircraft was based at Naval Air Station Patuxent River, Maryland

Allocated to Research & Test Center, Naval Air Station China Lake, California - July 24, 1968

Allocated Naval Air Test Center, Weapons Systems Testing, Naval Air Station Patuxent River - November 13, 1968

Allocated Chief of Naval Technical Training (CNITT), Naval Air Station Memphis - September 02, 1969

Allocated Chief of Naval Training, Naval Air Station Corpus Christi, Texas - July 12, 1973

Observed with grey lower fuselage, white cabin roof separated by black cheatline with United States Navy titles on

top of fuselage with 'CNATRA' titles on tail coded '141025' - December 21, 1978

Allocated to Military Aircraft & Disposition Center (MASDC) coded IG020 - September 18, 1984

Ferried to Davis-Monthan Air Force Base, Tucson, Arizona for storage having flown 13,685 hours

Struck off-charge by United States Navy - February 02, 1988

Observed stored at Davis-Monthan Air Force Base - February 18, 1993

Observed stored at Davis-Monthan Air Force Base with storage code 'IG020' on aircraft - December 1994

Observed stored at Pima Air Museum with storage code 'CS0092' on aircraft - March 2003

Acquired by Historical Aircraft Restoration Society (HARS), Albion Park, N.S.W. - ?

Registration 'N340CV' reserved with Federal Aviation Agency - October 2007

Aircraft being restored to airworthy condition by HARS engineers ready for delivery flight to Australia

Entered onto the Australian Aircraft Register as VH-EAQ - June 28, 2012

Registered to Gregory Ackman for the Historical Aircraft Restoration Society, Albion Park, N.S.W.

Aircraft still undergoing restoration to airworthy condition at Pima - 2012

 

141025. United States Navy - in the standard livery with additional 'CNATRA' titles at an unknown airport, circa 1979.

(R. N. Smith Collection Copyright Image 1029-208.)