Warbirds #385 | Forgotten Caribou & Anzac celebrations

Warbirds, classic aircraft, museum and air show news

First up, a team of RAAF reservists completed a seven-month project to restore the exterior of a forgotten Caribou that was left unattended for years. A4-236 will now be placed on display during public open days at Amberley Aviation Heritage Centre (AAHC), before work begins on upgrading its interior. Warrant Officer Mike Downs led the team that chemically and mechanically removed old paint from the aircraft, which had degraded to what Defence candidly admitted was a “sub-standard state”!

RAAF ordered its first Caribou in 1963 to replace its existing Dakotas, with a total of 29 acquired over the years. When the last remaining one was retired in 2009, many surviving Caribou made their way into museums and heritage centres, including the Australian War Memorial and RAAF Museum at Point Cook. 

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