Skyhawk A4G  N13-154909 (888)

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Brief Aircraft History

  • Delivered to RAN 11/67. Unloaded from HMAS Melbourne onto Navy barge in Jervis Bay 23/11/67 then by road to Nowra.
  • With VF805 01/06/68.
  • Crashed over side of MELBOURNE 23/05/79, after arrestor wire broke/parted during landing 90Km east of Jervis Bay, NSW. LCDR K. Finan USN ejected and rescued unhurt by the SAR Wessex & returned onboard HMAS Melbourne.

Images of Skyhawk N13-154909 (888)



Loss of Skyhawk N13-154909 (888)

For brief excerpt from VF805 Squadron Diary, click here

For a short YouTube video of the event, click here.

For June 79 Navy News article and other photographs of ejection sequence see below



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Still capture from RAN video:  Arrestor wire parting.















Close up of moment of ejection. LCDR Finan’s seat deploys just as the aircraft sinks below flight deck level. The departed canopy can be seen as a black smudge at the top of the image.













View from LSO’s position.  The Canopy is leaving the aircraft but the seat is yet to deploy.


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