A10-603. Hawker Siddeley 748-2-228. c/n 1603-122.

The aircraft was also registered as: VH-AMQ.

 

This aircraft was ordered new by the Australian Government for the Royal Australian Air Force

It was constructed by Hawker Siddeley Aviation Limited, Woodford, Manchester - 1968

It was allocated the production number '122'

First flown as 'A10-603' - September 13, 1968

Powered by Rolls Royce Dart 534 engines

This aircraft was displayed at the Farnborough Air Show - September 1968

Accepted by the Royal Australian Air Force at Woodford as 'A10-603' - October 1968

Departed England on the ferry flight to Australia - October 1968

Arrived RAAF East Sale on completion of the ferry flight - October 30, 1968

Ferry route: Woodford - Athens - ? - New Delhi - Bangkok - Singapore - Denpasar - Darwin - Alice Springs - East Sale

The aircraft was allocated to the School of Air Navigation, RAAF East Sale

Transferred to No 32 Squadron, RAAF East Sale - July 01, 1989

Withdrawn from use at RAAF East Sale and stored - June 30, 2004

The aircraft had flown 19,998 hours with 18,260 cycles

Sold by tender to Thameside Aviation, England - July 2004

Ferried RAAF East Sale - West Sale for storage as 'Turbo 603' - August 06, 2004

Entered onto the Australian Aircraft Register as VH-AMQ - February 02, 2005

Registered to Ross Michael Hornblower

Departed West Sale on the ferry flight to the United Kingdom - February 16, 2005

Arrived Southend on completion of the ferry flight - February 20, 2005

Cancelled from the Australian Aircraft Register - September 25, 2008

The aircraft was observed stored at Southend in a deteriorating condition as 'VH-AMQ' - 2010

Sold to Skylark Hotel, Southend Airport - 2010

The airframe was lifted by crane onto the hotel site for preservation - July 19, 2010

The aircraft is missing many parts including the engines but the owners claim that the aircraft will be restored

Current status - ?

 

A10-603. Royal Australian Air Force - in the standard livery with additional '32 Sqn' titles at RAAF East Sale, April 1991.

(R. N. Smith Collection Copyright Image 0748-008.)

A10-603. Royal Australian Air Force - in the standard livery at RAAF East Sale, March 04, 1994.

(R. N. Smith Collection Copyright Image 0748-077.)

VH-AMQ. Thameside Aviation - in the basic RAAF livery at Southend Airport, March 2005.

(R. N. Smith Collection Copyright Image 0748-078.)

VH-AMQ. Thameside Aviation - in the basic RAAF livery at Southend Airport, March 09, 2005.

(K. Burton Copyright Image 0748-101.)

VH-AMQ. Thameside Aviation - in the basic RAAF livery at Southend Airport, March 09, 2005.

(K. Burton Copyright Image 0748-102.)

VH-AMQ. Thameside Aviation - in the basic RAAF livery at Southend Airport, July 2005.

(R. N. Smith Collection Copyright Image 0748-079.)

VH-AMQ. Thameside Aviation - in the basic RAAF livery at Southend Airport, January 31, 2007.

(K. Burton Copyright Image 0748-103.)

VH-AMQ. Thameside Aviation - in the basic RAAF livery at Southend Airport, May 15, 2010.

(K. Burton Copyright Image 0748-104.)

VH-AMQ. Thameside Aviation - in the basic RAAF livery at Southend Airport, May 16, 2010.

(K. Burton Copyright Image 0748-105.)