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Old Jet Trainer/Fighter Aircraft based at Canberra Airport

By H1NG0 - 20 December 2007 29

I have always been interested but never able to get an answer on the make and model of what appears to be an early era jet fighter (or possibly trainer) based at the Canberra Airport. They are located near the intersection of Majura Rd and Fairbairn Ave. From my amateur knowledge of military aircraft, it’s shape looks like it was built in the early jet aircraft era after WW2.

Its been a while since I have stopped to look at the aircraft but to my memory, it looks similar to the Bell XP-83 prototype WW2 jet ( Obviously, that is not the plane but my desperate Google and Wikipedia haven’t returned anything else that looks quite as similar.

I’m hoping one of RiotACT’s fine readers would be able to shed some light on the history of this aircraft.  Was

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Old Jet Trainer/Fighter Aircraft based at Canberra Airport
sjp 2:10 pm 20 Dec 07

I love planes. I love going to watch them take off and stuff. It’s the shizzay

hingo_VRCalaisV6 12:45 pm 20 Dec 07

For anyone else interested, the following link shows photos of all the different aircraft at Fairbairn. Some interesting ones there including a Mirage Jet, The massive Globemaster and even bigger Ilyushin Il-76MD freighter. Some old Ansett photos and some different aircraft which arrived for APEC. Good stuff.

Here is the link:

Thumper 12:44 pm 20 Dec 07

RAAF also used the aeromacchi as a trainer.

hingo_VRCalaisV6 12:28 pm 20 Dec 07

No worries Jazz, I got what I was looking for 🙂

Even found a photo of them at Canberra Airport:
There are three of them!

Still, I’m fussy and would like to know the history of these particular Canberra aircraft. That might prove a little more difficult. They appear very dated, even for a 1960’s aircraft. Thanks for clearing up the RAAF issue Thumper. I was sure that the only jet trainer the RAAF used was the Hawk Lead-in fighter.

Thumper 12:28 pm 20 Dec 07

I’ve seen that old warbird taking off before.

Awesome aircraft…

MissB 12:23 pm 20 Dec 07

My uncle owns a company which is based there, might be one of his planes…

Jazz 12:21 pm 20 Dec 07

sorry hingo, i was a little over zealous with the post button

Thumper 12:17 pm 20 Dec 07

ah… confidence, that is 😉

Thumper 12:17 pm 20 Dec 07

The RAAF have never used them.

i can say that with a lot of confodence given my mispent youth as an air force brat.

Thumper 12:16 pm 20 Dec 07
hingo_VRCalaisV6 12:15 pm 20 Dec 07

I think Mr Evil has hit the nail on the head. It actually looks more different from the Bell XP-83 than I had imagined. None the less, I was kind of on the right track 😉 Do you have any more information on this aircraft? Was it used by the RAAF at all or was it just purchased by a collector? How long have they been in Canberra?

Thumper 12:13 pm 20 Dec 07

It’s an old Polish fighter from what I recall…

Mælinar 12:06 pm 20 Dec 07

Sure it’s not one of these ? linkie

Mr Evil 12:06 pm 20 Dec 07

I think you are referring to the Polish-built PZL / WSK Mielec TS-11 Iskra (Eng = Spark) jets – one’s blue and yellow, they other is silver?

hingo_VRCalaisV6 12:02 pm 20 Dec 07

OK this got posted before I could finish writing it, none the less, I think it contains the important details (except for that random “was” at the end).

If I recall, there is more than one of this aircraft. Any help is appreciated.

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