VH-CAO. Hawker Siddeley HS-125-1B. c/n 25015.


 

Ordered new by Department of Civil Aviation

Powered by Bristol Siddeley Viper 521 engines

First flown at Chester - 1966

Entered onto the Australian Aircraft Register as VH-CAO - ?

Registered to the Department of Civil Aviation

Arrived Melbourne (Essendon) Airport at conclusion of delivery flight - January 20, 1965

Delivery route: Hatfield - Athens - Beirut - Bahrain - Karachi - New Delhi - Calcutta - Bangkok - Kula Lumpur -

Jakarta - Denpasar - Darwin - Alice Springs - Melbourne

Aircraft was used principally for the purpose of providing jet experience to the Department's Examiners of Airmen

Used for other DCA needs and occasional VIP transport

It was not as was popularly believed equipped for navaid calibration

Inadvertently made a wheels-up landing at Melbourne (Avalon) Airport, Victoria - January 24, 1967

Aircraft was recovered and transported by road to Sydney (Bankstown) Airport for repairs

During the recovery process fuselage suffered minor wrinkling aft of the cockpit

This was caused by the incorrect placement of the lifting straps

During repairs it was fitted with new Viper 522 engines thus becoming a HS-125-3B

A new wing was also fitted during the rebuild

Withdrawn from use - August 01, 1978

Sold to Arnjul Pty Ltd, Auburn, N.S.W.

Observed stored in poor condition at The Oaks, N.S.W. - 2009

 


 

VH-CAO. Department of Civil Aviation - in the full livery over England, January 1965.

VH-CAO. Department of Civil Aviation - in the full livery over England, January 1965.
VH-CAO. Arnjul - in the basic DCA livery at Sydney Airport, August 1979.