Remarks: One of two UK-built trainer Canberras given RAAF serials, this aircraft was brought on RAAF charge on 3 May 1956. Served with 82 Wing and suffered two accidents, but repaired, then to CFS at East Sale. From 1963 various disposal options considered including sale to WRE Edinburgh and to the Indian Air Force, or use at ARL for fatigue testing. Ended up at RSTT Wagga Wagga as an instructional airframe. Bought by HARS Sept 1989 & now restored.
Remarks: The weirdest balloon ever to grace Canberra’s skies first got airborne on 11May2013, as part of the City’s Centenary Celebrations. Front/ Stbd view of Cameron Balloons SKYWHALE-110 VH-IOQ Cn 11628, shown at St Judes Primary School Holder, Canberra, on 18May2013. Finally airborne at 0917 hrs - the inflated balloon intrigues on-lookers. It must be an aircraft, seeing it has Australian VH- Registration. This balloon, referred to as ‘Public Art’, (which cost Canberra’s Taxpayers $300,000) was designed by Patricia Piccinini. I believe that the Canberra Centenary organisers wanted Registration VH-IOO for this balloon (for obvious reasons), but had to settle for VH-IOQ, because VH-IOO is already in use (on a Pitts S-1E, located in Molong NSW).