A10-604. Hawker Siddeley 748-2-228. c/n 1604-127.
Was also registered as: VH-IMG.
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 '127'
First flown as 'A10-604' - November 07, 1968
Powered by Rolls Royce Dart 534 engines
Accepted by the Royal Australian Air Force at Woodford as 'A10-604' - December 1968
Departed England on the ferry flight to Australia - December 1968
Arrived RAAF East Sale on completion of the ferry flight - December 15, 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
It was the first aircraft to be part of the GPS Installation Project (AIR5195) undertaken by Qantas - 1998
Whilst parked outside the aircraft was subjected to excessive winds causing the 'gust lock' to fail
The tailplane was subjected to high wind loads - the cause of the gust-lock failure was never found
As it had been decided around this time to phase out the HS-748s from RAAF service the GPS work was stopped
The aircraft was 'earmarked' for transfer to RAAF Amberley Fire School as a training aide
Withdrawn from use at Sydney (Kingsford Smith) - March 1999
The aircraft had flown 18,048 hours with 16,405 cycles
Sold to International Air Parts Pty Limited - March 22, 1999
Entered onto the Australian Aircraft Register as VH-IMG - March 22, 1999
Registered to Horizon Airlines Pty Ltd, Sydney
Ferried Sydney (Kingsford Smith) - Sydney (Bankstown) for storage - July 15, 1999
The aircraft was loaned to the Australian Aviation Museum, Bankstown Airport for static display
Horizon Airlines was placed in administration and finally ceased trading - October 14, 2003
The aircraft was scrapped at Sydney (Bankstown) - July 2004
The cockpit section was saved and returned to the Australian Aviation Museum, Bankstown
Cancelled from the Australian Aircraft Register - May 12, 2005
A10-604. Royal Australian Air Force - in the standard livery at Melbourne Tullamarine Airport, May 01, 1988.
(G. Canciani Copyright Image 0748-116.)
VH-IMG. Horizon - in the basic RAAF low-viz grey livery at Sydney Bankstown Airport, circa 2001.
(R. N. Smith Collection Copyright Image 0748-094.)
VH-IMG. Horizon - in the basic RAAF low-viz grey livery at Sydney Bankstown Airport, August 2002.
(C. Laugier Copyright Image 0748-113.)