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Nomad A18-314 
Albury 
10th December 1983
 
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ADF.Serial Type Const No. Delivery Previous ID Aircraft History
A18-002
A18-300
N22 02 07/73 VH-SUR Second Pre-Production Prototype, Nomad 02,
Displayed at the 1972 Farnborough Airshow.
Was leased to the Australian Army.
Crashed 03/10/73.
Rebuilt to static display, now gate guard at Oakey QLD.
Marked as A18-300. We are not sure that it ever wore A18-300 in service.

Highlight for Album: Nomad A18-002/A18-300

A18-303 N22B 03 07/10/75 n/a Acquired by Australian Army July 1975
Involved with ARDU trial in PNG during 1980.
Crashed 09/09/91 near Tenterfield.

Highlight for Album: Nomad A18-303
A18-304 N22B 40 11/07/77 n/a Acquired by Australian Army 11/07/77
Served with 173 Squadron
Sold to Indonesia Naval Arm Arm as P-822.

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A18-305 N22B 41 05/08/77 n/a Acquired by Australian Army 05/08/77
Served with 173 Squadron
R
etained by ADF as training aid.
Current location and status unknown

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A18-306 N22B 43 19/08/77 n/a Acquired by Australian Army 19/08/77
Served with 173 Squadron
Retained by ADF as Training Aid.
Located at RSTT Wagga Wagga.

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A18-307 N22B 45 18/10/77 n/a First Flight 06/09/77.
Contractors Test Flights Carried Out. 7.5 hrs between 06/09/77 and 23/09/77.
First RAAF Acceptance Test Flight 17/10/77. 2nd and 3rd Acceptance Test Flight's 18/10/77.
Aircraft accepted by RAAF on 18/10/77.
Flown from GAF to Oakey QLD 19/10/77, flight time 4.9 hours.
Allocated to 173 General Support Sqn 29/03/78.
Flown to maintenance facility for modification 22/01/79.
To 173 Sqn 11/05/79.
Placed into short term storage 15/12/83 to 23/01/84, total airframe hours were 2292.7.
Oakey Airshow 1986 with 173 Sqn.
To GAF Avalon for Autopilot fit 07/02/86.
Damaged 24/09/86, Bundi PNG after a heavy landing - total airframe hours 3446.0.
Cat 4 inspection and repair carried out by Hawker Pacific at Archerfield QLD, new starboard wing fitted.
Army Acceptance flight carried out 22/09/87, total of 3449 flight hours.
To 173 Sqn 25/09/87.
Horizontal Stabilizer changed due to cracks found 10/02/88, total of 3607.3 flight hours.
Aircraft grounded for repairs to starboard wing between 29/05/90 and 13/02/91, total of 4401.1 flight hours.
All Nomads grounded 16/09/91, total of 4699.3 flight hours.
Test flown and found serviceable 24/01/92.
To Oakey Logistic Battalion for service 28/11/93 to 17/10/94.
Last recorded flight of 0.4 hours carried out, it was a test flight.
Total flight hours were 5452. Engines inhibited 14/08/95.
To RAMS, RAEME Aircraft Maintenance School, for training aid 1996.
To MAAF at Oakey QLD and placed on display 10/03/04.
Static display Museum of Army Aviation, Oakey QLD.

Highlight for Album: Nomad A18-307

A18-308 N22B 47 16/12/78 n/a Acquired by Australian Army 16/12/78
Served with 173 Squadron
Sold to Indonesia Naval Arm Arm as P-823.

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A18-309 N22B 48 31/01/78 n/a Acquired by Australian Army 31/01/78
Oakey Airshow 1986, with School of Army Aviation.
Sold to Indonesia Naval Arm Arm as P-824.
As of 02/04/01 it was located at Surabuya.
Total Flight time 6352 hours and 7703 landings.

Highlight for Album: Nomad A18-309

A18-310 N22B 49 19/05/78 n/a Acquired by Australian Army 19/05/78
Served with 173 Squadron
Sold to Indonesia Naval Arm Arm as P-825.

Highlight for Album: Nomad A18-310

A18-311 N22B 51 23/05/78 n/a Acquired by Australian Army 23/05/78
Served with 173 Squadron
Sold to Indonesia Naval Arm Arm as P-826.

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A18-312 N22B 63 24/01/79 n/a Acquired by Australian Army 24/01/79
Served with 173 Squadron
Damaged 15/02/89 Sataway PNG.
Sold to Indonesia Naval Arm Arm as P-827.

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A18-313 N22B 65 10/08/79 n/a Acquired by Australian Army 10/08/79
Served with 173 Squadron
Sold to Indonesia Naval Arm Arm as P-828.

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A18-314 N22B 131 11/11/82 n/a Acquired by Australian Army 11/1182
Served with School of Army Aviation
Richmond Airshow 1988.
Sold to Indonesia Naval Arm Arm as P-829.

Highlight for Album: Nomad A18-314

A18-315 N22B 132 20/12/82 n/a Acquired by Australian Army 20/12/82
Served with 173 Squadron
Sold to Indonesia Naval Arm Arm as P-830.

Highlight for Album: Nomad A18-315

A18-316 N22B 90 89 VH-SFR Built as Searchmaster,
Used by Coastwatch for coastal surveillance
Used by
Reprographic P/L of Townsville, Qld
GAF
demonstrator in the US in 1985.
It was modified from a Searchmaster back to an N22B
Nicknamed 'Matilida One'.
Acquired by RAAF in 1989
Was in service with ARDU, withdrawn 11/91 after crash of A18-401
5832 Flight hours and 2585 landings. and
Transferred to Oakey as Training Airframe.
Loaned to Boeing Australia for Nomad modification trials.
To Gippsland Aeronautics (later GippsAero then Mahindra Aerospace) Traralgon, Vic.
Donated by Mahindra Aerospace to Australian National Aviation Museum at Moorabbin arriving by truck on 17/03/2016
To be on static display as part of ANAM's GAF collection.

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A18-317 N22B 166 11/05/93 n/a One of eleven originally built for a US Customs follow on order that did not eventuate.
Stored at Oaklands, NSW
Acquired by Australian Army 11/05/93
Avalon Airshow 1992.
Sold to Indonesia Naval Arm Arm as P-831.
A18-318 N22B 167 21/04/93 n/a One of eleven originally built for a US Customs follow on order that did not eventuate.
Stored at Oaklands, NSW
Noted in hangar at
Avalon Airshow 1992.
Acquired by Australian Army 21/04/93
Sold to Indonesia Naval Arm Arm as P-832.

Highlight for Album: Nomad-A18-318

A18-319 N22B 168 16/07/93 n/a One of eleven originally built for a US Customs follow on order that did not eventuate.
Stored at Oaklands, NSW
Acquired by Australian Army 16/07/93
Sold to Indonesia Naval Arm Arm as P-833.
Crashed 30/12/2007 off Sabang Indonesia.
The Indonesian Navy Nomad departed Sabang at 11:10 on a maritime surveillance misson. After fifteen minutes the pilot reported engine problems and said he was returning to Sabang. The Nomad did not make it to the airfield and the airplane came down 200 m offshore in bad weather and sank.
Of the seven people on board, two were rescued, two died and three were reported missing.

Highlight for Album: Nomad A18-319

A18-320 N22B 169 21/04/93 n/a One of eleven originally built for a US Customs follow on order that did not eventuate.
Stored at Oaklands, NSW
Noted in hangar at
Avalon Airshow 1992.
 Acquired by Australian Army 21/04/93
Sold to Indonesia Naval Arm Arm as P-834.

Highlight for Album: Nomad A18-320

A18-321 N22B 170 25/06/93 n/a One of eleven originally built for a US Customs follow on order that did not eventuate.
Stored at Oaklands, NSW
Acquired by Australian Army 25/06/93
S
old to Indonesia Naval Arm Arm as P-835.
A18-401 N24A 128 89 n/a Acquired by RAAF 1989
Was in Service with ARDU.
Crashed 12/03/90, Mallala SA.
Caused by the in-flight structural failure of the horizontal stabiliser.
This fatal crash caused the grounding of all Nomads in the RAAF fleet.
Crew; FltLt Glenn Donovan killed.

Highlight for Album: Nomad A18-401

A18-402 N24A 130 31/01/89 VH-HVK Registered VH-HVK for testing by GAF/ASTA
Acquired by RAAF 75 Squadron 31/01/89
Initially based at Oakey 02/89 for training then ferried to Tindal 03/89
In Service with 75 Sqn 10/1993.
Sold to Indonesia Naval Arm Arm as P-836.

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A18-403 N24A 135 31/01/89 VH-HVL Registered VH-HVL for testing by GAF/ASTA
Acquired by RAAF 75 Squadron 31/01/89
Initially based at Oakey 02/89 for training then ferried to Tindal 03/89
Damaged 17/09/91, Tindal NT.
Sold to Indonesia Naval Arm Arm as P-837.

Highlight for Album: Nomad A18-403

A18-404 N24A 136 23/03/93 n/a One of eleven originally built for a US Customs follow on order that did not eventuate.
Stored at Oaklands, NSW

Acquired by Australian Army 23/03/93
Served with 173 Squadron
Sold to Indonesia Naval Arm Arm as P-838.
A18-405 N24A 139 10/11/93 n/a One of eleven originally built for a US Customs follow on order that did not eventuate.
Stored at Oaklands, NSW
Acquired by Australian
Army  10/11/93
Served with 173 Squadron
Sold to Indonesia Naval Arm Arm as P-839.
A18-406 N24A 140 15/12/93 n/a One of eleven originally built for a US Customs follow on order that did not eventuate.
Stored at Oaklands, NSW
Acquired by Australian
Army  15/12/93
Served with 173 Squadron
Sold to Indonesia Naval Arm Arm as P-840.
A18-407 N24A 142 28/09/93 n/a One of eleven originally built for a US Customs follow on order that did not eventuate.
Stored at Oaklands, NSW
Acquired by Australian
Army  28/09/93
Served with 173 Squadron
Sold to Indonesia Naval Arm Arm as P-841.
A18-408 N24A 124 22/12/93 VH-NOM During 1994 this aircraft was dismantled and flown to the UK in a C-130. Loading the fuselage onto 3 mil standard pallets with the gear retracted the wings on top of the fuselage, the engines in the fuselage, the props separated, the vertical fin and horizontal stab up either size of the fuselage above the stub fins and the lift struts in the fuselage. On reassembly in the UK by personnel of 173 Surveillance Sqn, it was flown back to Australia as a support aircraft accompanying G-EAOU a Vickers Vimy replica. It's landing back at Oakey after this flight was the last N22/N24 flight made in support of the ADF (there were several others after this but they were all ferry and test flights involved in the disposal program).
Crew: Major Mick Reynolds Australian Army Aviation (Pilot), Captain Gary Tierney Australian Army Aviation (Co-Pilot), Corporal Robert (Bob) Shaw Royal Australian Electrical and Mechanical Engineers. (All trades/Flight fitter). 4 other tradesmen accompanied the aircraft to the UK and did the reassembly.
Test flown serviceable within 36 hours of being unloaded.
Was on static display Museum of Army Aviation, Oakey QLD.
Now on loan to a group at Archerfield as a Training aid and will be restored to flying status.

Highlight for Album: Nomad A18-408

 
     
 
     

The Authors of this page is Darren Crick and Len Avery (updated by Brendan Cowan and Martin Edwards).

Source: Australian Aviation Magazine.

Emails: Arthur Matcott, Mark Clayton, Clarrie Sanders, Dean Norman, Robert Wiseman, Bill Jackson, Rod Newnham, Ron Cuskelly, Len Avery, Waynne Lee, Ewan McArthur.

Updated 17th March 2016

 

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