HISTORIC FLIGHT AIRCRAFT UPDATE – November 2018

HISTORIC FLIGHT AIRCRAFT UPDATE – November 2018

UPDATE ON THE HISTORIC FLIGHT’s AIRCRAFT – 26 November 2018

HARS is pleased to confirm that it has been accepted as the preferred tenderer for the acquisition of the complete sets of ex RAN FAA Historic Flight assets being disposed of by limited public tender.

This outcome is the result of approximately 14 years of continuous dialogue between HARS and the RAN, following the initial contact made with selected Historic aircraft restoration groups by the then CN – a contact made with the view of disposing of selected RAN Historic Flight assets- essentially due to Budget constraints and missional priorities.

HARS responded with a proposal to keep the Flight intact, and the successful conclusion of this tender in 2018, is the result of the RAN and HARS exploring a number of options including loan of aircraft airframes and assets, through to the open tender process eventually adopted.

All the ex-RAN FAA assets including airframes, are being handed over declared non-airworthy, and as a result HARS will need to undertake a full evaluation of any airframe selected for restoration to flying, and re-certify all components and spares.

It is expected that the handover of assets will commence in December 2018.   The following table indicates what assets were required and their current location:

Line Assets Quantity Serial Current Location as at 20 Nov 18
1 Hawker Sea Fury FB II One VW232 FAA Museum HMAS Albatross
2 Bell Iroquois UH-1B One N9-3101 B Hangar HMAS Albatross
3 Bell Iroquois UH-1B One N9-3104 B Hangar HMAS Albatross
4 Spares – UH-1B 88 Pallets N/A B Hangar HMAS Albatross
5 DH Sea Venom FAW 53 One WZ895 B Hangar HMAS Albatross (In 2 Containers)
6 Douglas Dakota C-47B One N2-90 In open HMAS Albatross
7 Grumman Tracker S-2G One N12-152333 B Hangar HMAS Albatross
8 Grumman Tracker S-2G One N12-153600 B Hangar HMAS Albatross
9 Spares – Tracker 37 Pallets N/A B Hangar HMAS Albatross
10 Westland Wessex 31B One N7-203 B Hangar HMAS Albatross
11 Westland Wessex 31B One N7-203 B Hangar HMAS Albatross
12 Spares Wessex 31B 10 Pallets N/A B Hangar HMAS Albatross

 

The following is the planned initial disposition of assets after acquisition by HARS and removal from HMAS Albatross active base area – mainly from B Hangar:

01 Hawker Sea Fury FB II – VW232 Initially for Prominent Static Display at HARS Albion Park – longer term rebuild:- Hangared at HARS Sponsor Air Affairs. The aircraft will be surveyed for a more complete restoration.
02 Bell Iroquois UH-1B – N9-3104. Hangared at HARS Sponsor Air Affairs Complex The aircraft will be surveyed for a more complete restoration and flight status.
03 Bell Iroquois UH-1B – N9-3101 Hangared at HARS Sponsor Air Affairs Complex. This   Aircraft will be used to support N9-3101.
04 Spares – Bell Iroquois UH-1B 88 Pallet Lot. Used for lots 02 and 03 to bring these two aircraft to their maximum potential. HARS has a significant engineering capability. Spares will be stored at HARS Major sponsor Air Affairs.
05 De Havilland Sea Venom – WZ895 (Incl 2 X 20′ Container). For Static Display at HARS Albion Park complex initially. The aircraft will be surveyed for a more complete restoration.
06 Douglas Dakota C-47B – N2-90. For Static Display at HARS NHF site adjacent to FAA Museum, subject to a successful HARS application to RAN and EIG for confirmation of use of the land.
07 Grumman Tracker S-2G – N12-152333. Hangared at HARS Sponsor Air Affairs. The aircraft will be surveyed for a more complete restoration back to flying status.
08 Grumman Tracker S-2G – N12-153600. Stored at HARS Sponsor Air Affairs, and also to use for parts and training support for Lot 07.
09 Spares Grumman Tracker 37 Pallet Lot. Used for lots 07 and 08 to bring these two aircraft to their maximum potential. Spares will be stored at HARS Major sponsor Air Affairs.
10 Westland Wessex 31B – N7-203. For Prominent Static Display – Hangared at HARS Complex Albion Park. This    Aircraft will complement the significant military collection at HARS.
11 Westland Wessex 31B – N7-222 For Prominent Static Display – At HARS Complex Parkes NSW. This Aircraft will complement the significant military collection at HARS – Parkes.
12 Spares Westland Wessex 34 Pallet Lot Depending on requirements HARS will store these parts in one or two locations – At Albion Park Rail or Parkes.
13 Spares Westland Wessex 20′ Container – uncatalogued .Depending on requirements and content HARS will store these parts in one or two locations – At Albion Park Rail or Parkes.

 

Please note: The HARS Committee has approved keeping the Navy Heritage Flight intact and the longer-term plan is to relocate them to a future site adjacent to the RAN FAA Museum complex. For all details on the HARS Navy Heritage Flight project the HARS Project leader is Professor Michael HOUGH, AM.