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HARS flies AP-3C Orion and Dakota C-47 warbirds

written by Adam Thorn | October 6, 2020
A spectacular piston engine start of Neptune 566 in its French Navy livery in front of the turbo-prop
Lockheed AP-3C Orion at HARS Aviation Museum. (Mark Keech)

HARS Aviation Museum in NSW will fly two long-serving RAAF warbirds next weekend.

The Lockheed AP-3C Orion clocked more than 16,000 flying hours from 1978 to 2016 and is maintained in peak condition, while the Dakota C-47 served with the RAAF from 1945 to 2000.

The flights form part of HARS’ monthly Tarmac Days tour, which takes place over three consecutive days starting on the second Friday of each month (Friday, 9 to Sunday, 11 October).

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Visitors to Tarmac Days can also view the almost 50 aircraft on display at the museum located at Shellharbour Airport just off the Princes Highway.

Also featuring will be:

  • A Bell 47 MASH helicopter flying on Saturday and Sunday;
  • Piston engine runs early on Saturday and Sunday afternoons on the museum’s two operational Neptune anti-submarine patrol aircraft from the 1960s;
  • Engine runs on a former RAN carrier-based Grumman S2 Tracker;
  • Up close restoration of a WW2 Beaufighter and the replica of Kingsford Smith’s “Southern Cross”.

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6 Comments

  • The RAAF must be chipping in for the operating costs of being able to keep the Orion operational. Which is wonderful to see! Long live the P3 from Marietta Georgia.

  • Ian Badham

    says:

    All effort to keep the P3 and others by HARS volunteers is from donations and proceeds of guided tours of HARS Aviation Museum … open daily 9.30 to 3.30 to all.

  • Steve

    says:

    Sorry Chris – Our C-130 Hercules were built in Georgia, our P-3 Orions were built in California.

  • Marum

    says:

    I would love to see a start up of those mighty 3,500hp double row radials.
    Beats firing up a jet, hands down.
    I used to love seeing the Neptune Bombers flying down the coast, as a boy. They, and the Lincoln Bombers too. A sound like thunder. You could hear them well before seeing them, and had time to sprint out into the yard to watch them go by. I would still hurry outside to see one, although my days of “sprinting” are well over.

    WOW!! Marum.(Die fliessende Katze)

  • Geoffrey Farrance

    says:

    The first time I heard a twin row radial, was in my apprenticeship with Hawker Aircraft in 1955, it was a Bristol Centaurus on test at 2400hp in a Sea Fury. then in the 90’s the HARS Connie in Tuscon with over 3400hp available on each engine. These are most memorable to me amoungt many sounds of aircraft engines I have had the joy to experience.

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HARS flies AP-3C Orion and Dakota C-47 warbirds

written by Adam Thorn | October 6, 2020
A spectacular piston engine start of Neptune 566 in its French Navy livery in front of the turbo-prop
Lockheed AP-3C Orion at HARS Aviation Museum. (Mark Keech)

HARS Aviation Museum in NSW will fly two long-serving RAAF warbirds next weekend.

The Lockheed AP-3C Orion clocked more than 16,000 flying hours from 1978 to 2016 and is maintained in peak condition, while the Dakota C-47 served with the RAAF from 1945 to 2000.

The flights form part of HARS’ monthly Tarmac Days tour, which takes place over three consecutive days starting on the second Friday of each month (Friday, 9 to Sunday, 11 October).

Advertisement
Advertisement

Visitors to Tarmac Days can also view the almost 50 aircraft on display at the museum located at Shellharbour Airport just off the Princes Highway.

Also featuring will be:

  • A Bell 47 MASH helicopter flying on Saturday and Sunday;
  • Piston engine runs early on Saturday and Sunday afternoons on the museum’s two operational Neptune anti-submarine patrol aircraft from the 1960s;
  • Engine runs on a former RAN carrier-based Grumman S2 Tracker;
  • Up close restoration of a WW2 Beaufighter and the replica of Kingsford Smith’s “Southern Cross”.

Steer your own in-flight experience – available on print and digital Whether our classic glossy magazine in your letterbox, daily news updates in your inbox, peeling back a few layers in the podcast or our monthly current affair reports, you can count on us to keep you up to date. Sign up today for just $99.95 for more exclusive offers here. Subscribe now at australianaviation.com.au.

6 Comments

  • The RAAF must be chipping in for the operating costs of being able to keep the Orion operational. Which is wonderful to see! Long live the P3 from Marietta Georgia.

  • Ian Badham

    says:

    All effort to keep the P3 and others by HARS volunteers is from donations and proceeds of guided tours of HARS Aviation Museum … open daily 9.30 to 3.30 to all.

  • Steve

    says:

    Sorry Chris – Our C-130 Hercules were built in Georgia, our P-3 Orions were built in California.

  • Marum

    says:

    I would love to see a start up of those mighty 3,500hp double row radials.
    Beats firing up a jet, hands down.
    I used to love seeing the Neptune Bombers flying down the coast, as a boy. They, and the Lincoln Bombers too. A sound like thunder. You could hear them well before seeing them, and had time to sprint out into the yard to watch them go by. I would still hurry outside to see one, although my days of “sprinting” are well over.

    WOW!! Marum.(Die fliessende Katze)

  • Geoffrey Farrance

    says:

    The first time I heard a twin row radial, was in my apprenticeship with Hawker Aircraft in 1955, it was a Bristol Centaurus on test at 2400hp in a Sea Fury. then in the 90’s the HARS Connie in Tuscon with over 3400hp available on each engine. These are most memorable to me amoungt many sounds of aircraft engines I have had the joy to experience.

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Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

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