A10-596. Hawker Siddeley 748-2-229. c/n 1596-77.


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 - 1967

It was allocated the production number '77'

First flown as 'A10-596' - March 10, 1967

Powered by Rolls Royce Dart 534 engines

Accepted by the Royal Australian Air Force at Woodford - March 17, 1967

Departed England on the ferry flight to Australia - 1967

Arrived Canberra (RAAF Fairbairn) on completion of the ferry flight - May 04, 1967

The aircraft was allocated to V.I.P. duties with No 34 Squadron

This aircraft was used during the Royal Tour - April 10, 1970

Transported HM Queen Elizabeth, Prince Philip and Princess Ann on the official visit to RAAF Williamstown

Transferred to No 32 Squadron, RAAF East Sale as a communications trainer - November 13, 1989

Withdrawn from use at RAAF East Sale and stored - June 1996

It was advertised for sale by tender - November 1998

The aircraft was purchased by West Air, Sweeden

The Swedish registration 'SE-LIF' was reserved - February 23, 1999

Departed Melbourne (Essendon) on the ferry flight to Sweden - March 01, 1999

The aircraft was subsequently converted to an HS-748-2A-229 and modified for use as a freighter

Painted into the West Air livery but retained the RAAF grey underside

Entered onto the Swedish Aircraft Register as SE-LIF - September 08, 1999

Registered to West Air Sweden AB

The aircraft was named 'Number 10'

Reregistered to European Turboprop Management AB - September 27, 2001

Reregistered to SG Finans AS Norge - June 17, 2005

It operated its final revenue service - October 2006

The aircraft was sold to Air Creebec Inc, Canada - October 29, 2006

The aircraft was painted overall 'grey' before it departed on its ferry flight to Canada

Ferried to Lidkoping, Sweden - Bergen - Keflavik - October 29, 2006

Ferried Keflavik - Sondre Stromfjord - Iqaluit - Timmins - October 30, 2006

Cancelled from the Swedish Aircraft Register - November 01, 2006

Entered onto the Canadian Aircraft Register as C-FLJC - December 06, 2006

Registered to Air Creebec Inc

The aircraft was fitted out with 8 x 250 gallon internal removable fuel cells as smoke detectors

The Canadian Certificate of Airworthiness (CofA) was issued - January 20, 2007

Entered service with Air Creebec in an all-grey livery - February 15, 2007

Permanently withdrawn from service and stored at Timmins, Ontario - January 29, 2008

Cancelled from the Canadian Aircraft Register - July 15, 2008

The aircraft was subsequently scrapped having flown 24,312 hours with 26,677 cycles - November 2011


A10-596. Royal Australian Air Force - in the standard livery at Canberra Airport, December 19, 1985.

(R. N. Smith Copyright Image 0748-085.)

SE-LIF. West Air Sweden Cargo - 'Number 10' in the standard livery at an unknown airport, January 2007.

(R. N. Smith Collection Copyright Image 0748-086.)