N15-709. Hawker Siddeley 748-2-268. c/n 1709-201.

 

This aircraft was ordered new by the Australian Government for the Royal Australian Navy

It was constructed by Hawker Siddeley Aviation Limited, Woodford, Manchester - 1972

It was allocated the production number '201'

First flown as 'A15-709' - January 11, 1973

Powered by Rolls Royce Dart 534 engines

Accepted by the Royal Australian Air Force at Woodford as 'N15-709' - May 1973

Departed England on the ferry flight to Australia - June 1973

Arrived HMAS Albatross, Nowra on completion of the ferry flight - June 07, 1973

Ferry route: Woodford - Athens - ? - New Delhi - Bangkok - Singapore - Denpasar - Darwin - ? - Nowra

This aircraft was coded '800'

The aircraft was allocated to 851 Squadron, Nowra

It was fitted with specialised electronic equipment and used for electronic counter-measure training

Departed Nowra of the ferry flight to Manchester, New Hampshire, U.S.A. for modifications - October 22, 1979

Arrived Manchester, New Hampshire on completion of the ferry flight - November 12, 1979

Ferry route: Nowra - Brisbane - Mount Isa - Darwin - Denpasar - Tengah - Bangkok - Calcutta - Nagpur - Karachi -

Bahrain - Jeddah - Cairo - Athens - Naples - Nice - Brize Norton - Lossiemouth - Keflavik - Sondre Stromfjord -

Goose Bay - Bangor - Maine

Departed Manchester, New Hampshire on the ferry flight to Australia - August 21, 1980

Arrived Nowra on completion of the ferry flight - September 11, 1980

Ferry route: Manchester - Goose Bay - Sondre Stromfjord - Keflavik - Lossiemouth - Brize Norton - Nice - Athens -

Cairo - Jeddah - Bahrain - Karachi - Bombay - Calcutta - Bangkok - Tengah - Denpasar - Darwin - Mount Isa -

Brisbane - Nowra

Transferred to 723 Squadron, Nowra - August 31, 1984

Withdrawn from use at RANAS Albatross and decommissioned - June 23, 2000

Ferried RANAS Albatross - RAAF East Sale for storage - June 26, 2000

The aircraft had flown 11,122 hours with 10,662 cycles

It was sold by tender to TAG Aviation - 2001

The aircraft was observed transitting Darwin as '3C-QQP' en-route to the United Kingdom - May 08, 2001

Arrived Norwich on completion of the ferry flight - May 10, 2001

Sold to Horizon Airlines Pty Limited, Sydney - June 2001

Departed Norwich on the ferry flight to Australia - July 01, 2001

Arrived Sydney (Bankstown) on completion of the ferry flight - July 11, 2001

Ferry route: Norwich - Rome - Cairo - Jeddah - Djibouti - Mombasa - Mahe - Colombo - Medan - Denpasar -

Darwin - Mount Isa - Brisbane - Sydney

It was planned to fit a large rear freight door from the donor HS-748 aircraft c/n 1751

Horizon Airlines Pty Ltd ceased operations and was placed under Administration - October 14, 2003

The aircraft was placed in storage as '3C-QQP' at Sydney (Bankstown) Airport

It had flown 11, 239 hours with 10,690 cycles

It was loaned to the Australian Aviation Museum, Bankstown Airport for static display - May 19, 2004

Time expired engines and props were fitted to the airframe

Current status - ?

 

N15-709. Royal Australian Navy - in the standard livery at HMAS Albatross, Nowra, July 1984.

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N15-709. Royal Australian Navy - in the standard livery at Melbourne Essendon Airport, May 1986.

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N15-709. Royal Australian Navy - in the standard low-viz grey livery at Brisbane Airport, February 2000.

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N15-709. Royal Australian Navy - in the standard low-viz grey livery at Brisbane Airport, February 2000.

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N15-709. Royal Australian Navy - in the standard low-viz grey livery at Cairns Airport, February 2000.

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3C-QQP. TAG Aviation - in the basic Navy low-viz grey livery at Sydney Bankstown Airport, August 2001.

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3C-QQP. TAG Aviation - in the basic Navy low-viz grey livery at Sydney Bankstown Airport, January 2004.

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