- Joined: October 3rd, 2009, 9:24 am
Made up from an amalgamation of components from WB-518 and WD-828.
I believe the foward fuselage is from 828 and maybe the
centre section. The rest is WB-518.
Service histories as follows. (From ADF-Serials .com)
Delivered to King George V Docks, Glasgow, Scotland on 16 October 1950 and was embarked in HMAS SYDNEY Landed at Jervis Bay 07 December 1950 and towed by road to RANAS Nowra. It is known to have been allotted to 817 squadron and in 1952 with 816 Squadron when on 16 September was damaged when landing on board HMAS SYDNEY. It was with 851 squadron as 268/NW Modified as Target Tower by Brain and Brown, Ltd Avalon Victoria and numbered 842/NW. In 1958 it had side number 903/NW and was with 725 Squadron. Struck off Charge on 08 July 1966 and sold to Mr. R. Beltbame - Tender No.12379 for $400.00, PO Box 828, Griffiths NSW where it was mounted on a pole. In 1991 it was brought down from the pole and swapped with Firefly WD828 by Classic Aviation Company, Bankstown NSW. It was sold to Captain Eddie Kurdziel in 1994 who took it to the USA where it was restored to Flying Condition by Ray Middletons QA Aviation of North America in Fort Collins, Colorado USA. In 2002 it was successfully flown and attended Oshkosh Airventure Air Show in Wisconsin, USA where it won a swag of prizes for the best restored aircraft.
Delivered to King George V Docks, Glasgow, Scotland on 16 October 1950 and was embarked in HMAS SYDNEY Landed at Jervis Bay 07 December 1950 and towed by road to RANAS Nowra. With 817 squadron for some while. In 1956 it was with 851 Squadron and during one period had side numbers 847/K. Converted to Target Tower by Brain and Brown Ltd, Avalon Victoria. Placed in storeage on 08 July 1966 and sold by the Department of Supply in February 1967 to Moorabin Museum, Melbourne Victoria - Tender No. 13435 for $400.00. Later while being restored to airworthiness was swapped with a CAC Winjeel and now acquired by the Confederate Air Force's Mike Wansey who then brought it to flying condition. On 04 December 1987 while taking off from Camden Airfield it made a force landing in a nearby Cabbage Field. Badly damaged it was transported to RANAS Nowra. The pilot, George Markey and his engineer, Bill Spence, were sued for $400,000.00 on the grounds of negligence and a court battle carried on until 2001. With the court finding in favour of Michael Wansey. On 05 February 1990 the damaged Firefly was acquired by Bruce Simpson of Classic Aviation for $100.00 and removed to the companys premises at Bankstown Airport. It was then bought by Captain Eddie who exchanged it with WB518 and after removing the parts needed to make WB518 airworthy rebuilt WD818 and placed it on the pole in Griffith, NSW.
And now I shall blow an enormous rasberry
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