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Royal Australian Navy Fleet Aircraft of World War One

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RNAS and RAF Aircraft carried on Royal Australian Navy Ships 1917-1919


Sopwith 1 1/2 Strutter N5644
takes off from a ramp on the 'Q' turret of the battlecruiser HMAS AUSTRALIA. This feat was first achieved on 4 April 1918.

Australian Naval Aeroplanes.
1921 ("ANA" Serials prior to the introduction of RAAF "A" Numbers).

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ANA 1 to ANA-6 Fairey IIID Fairey IIID 
ANA 3 ( A10-3 ) 
Point Cook April 1922. 
via Rod Farquhar.

Royal Australian Navy Fleet Air Arm.
1947-1963 (Prior to the introduction of "N" Numbers).

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Airspeed AS.10 Oxford Highlight for Album: Oxford BM704 Auster J5/G Autocar Auster J5G 
Photo Kim Dunstan
 CAC CA-20 Wirraway  Highlight for Album: Wirraway A20-752  De Havilland DH.82a Tiger Moth Highlight for Album: DH82A Tiger Moth A17-634
Hawker Sea Fury FB.10/FB.11 Sea Fury 104 Supermarine Sea Otter Sea Otter aboard HMAS Melbourne
Photo via Mark Clayton
Supermarine Spitfire V/VIII  Spitfire deck handling trainers 
via Batman Vultee Vengeance Highlight for Album: Vengeance A27-14

Royal Australian Navy Fleet Air Arm.
1963 onwards.


(It is possible that a type could have A or N allocations and original country serials on the same page)

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N1 - Fairey Firefly Highlight for Album: Firefly VX373 N2 - Douglas C-47 Dakota Dakota N2-43, Nowra 1982. Photograph by David Fredericks.
N3 - Fairey Gannet Highlight for Album: Gannet XA327 N4 - De Havilland DH.112 Sea Venom Highlight for Album: Sea Venom WZ927
N5 - Bristol 171 Sycamore Highlight for Album: Sycamore XN450 N6 - De Havilland DH.115 Vampire Highlight for Album: Sea Vampire XA101
N7 - Westland Wessex HAS31 Highlight for Album: Wessex N7-226 (836) N8 - Westland Scout Westland Scout N8-101
9th November 1985.
N9 - Bell UH-1B Iroquois Highlight for Album: Iroquois N9-882 N10 - Northrop KD2R-5 Shelduck target DC-N10
N11 - GAF Jindivik Highlight for Album: Jindivik N11-522 N12 - Grumman S-2E/G Tracker Highlight for Album: Tracker N12-152334 (845)
N13 - Douglas A-4G Skyhawk Highlight for Album: Skyhawk N13-155063 (876) N14 - CAC CA-30/MB-326H Macchi Highlight for Album: Macchi A7-076 / N14-076
N15 - British Aerospace HS748 Highlight for Album: HS748 N15-710 N16 - Westland Sea King Mk.50A Highlight for Album: Sea King N16-918 (922)
N17 - CAC CA-32/Bell 206B Kiowa Kiowa over HMAS Sydney N22 - Aerospatiale AS350B Squirrel Highlight for Album: Squirrel A22-001/N22-001 (801)
N24 - Sikorsky S-70B Seahawk Highlight for Album: Seahawk N24-006 N28 - BAE MQM-107E Kalkara N28-013 or 015 at Jervis Bay 2003
N29 - Kaman S-2G Seasprite Highlight for Album: Seasprite N29-151310 N40 - NH Industries MRH-90 A40-002
Photo by Mick Rafferty
N42 - Agusta A109E Power RAN Agusta A109Es N48 - MH-60R Seahawk MH-60R Seahawk
N49 - Bell 429 Global Ranger Bell 429 N49-047
Photo Dicks Flicks N52 - Airbus EC 135 T2+ Highlight for Album: Airbus EC.135 T2

Other Aircraft of the Royal Australian Navy

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De Havilland Canada DHC-8-202Q Dash 8

Highlight for album: de Havilland Canada DHC-8-202Q Dash 8

RAN Hydrography Institute Gates Learjet Highlight for Album: Learjet 36 VH-SLJ Navy Support Flight
GAF Turana Target Drone Highlight for Album: Turana P1-005 HMA Ships GAF Ikara ASM

Aircraft page to be added.

Ikara Launcher
Garden Island Naval Museum HMA Ships
Fokker 27 Friendship VH-EPW RAN Hydrography Unit Israeli Aircraft Industries IAI Westwind II Westwind VH-KNU
Exercise Talisman Sabre
RAN photo taken from HMAS Darwin  
10th July 2009 Navy Support Flight
Sikorsky HO3S-1 HMAS Sydney      

RAN Aircraft Codes Explained

By Jeff Chartier, 723 Squadron, RAN

The coding of the RAN FAA's aircraft is basically a carry on from the old days where we managed everything in line with the Royal Navy standards of operation.
From 1946, all RN FAA aircraft, whether at home or abroad, would carry a 3 digit fuselage code of which the first digit would denote its layout or function.

Single seaters used 100 codes,
2 seaters used 200 codes,
3 seaters used 300 codes,
Multi engines used 400 codes,
Fleet Support (FRU) used 500 codes,
Multi engined light trainers used 600 codes,
700 codes were spare,
Communications aircraft used 800 codes,
Station flights used 900 codes,
Trials / development aircraft used 000 codes.
The RAN FAA adopted the same system when it stood up in 1948.
It continued to use a fairly similar system, changing to 900 series codes for all 2nd Line Units in 1955, and then a whole of FAA change to 800 series codes for both 1st & 2nd Line Units in 1958.
By 1977 and into the 80's the RAN had used / were using pretty much all available 800 codes:
HS-748: 800-801
Wessex: 810-836
Tracker (E): 840-853
Tracker (G): 844-859
Macchi: 860-869
Skyhawk: 870-889
Kiowa: 890, 891, 892, 896, 899
Iroquois: 893, 894, 895, 897, 898
Sea King: 901-910

Aircraft codes from, lets say 1990 to now were / are:

HS-748: 800-801
Squirrel (ex-Army): 801, 811, 819-824
Seasprite: 840-850
Squirrel (Navy): 860-865
Seahawk: 870-885
Kiowa: 890, 892, 896, 031, 032
Sea King: 902, 905, 907, 909, 910, 920, 921, 922
A-109E: 501, 505, 510
Bell 429: 047, 048, 049
MRH-90: Will operate any 6 numbered between 001-046
MH-60R: 901-924

The exceptions to the rule have been the contractor supplied Agusta A-109E's & Bell 429's, which have used their manufacturers numbers (A109: 501, 505, 510; Bell 429: 047, 048, 049).

The MRH-90's do also use their manufacturer’s numbers as their side numbers. But that has more to do with the fact that all MRH-90's are pooled between Navy and Army, making the process of repainting airframes a costly undertaking to reflect who they may be operating with at any given time. Similar to why they will ALL operate in a camouflage scheme, instead of the Navy cabs being painted grey.

MH-60R will be coded 901-924. Which is nice to see, as a good proportion of those numbers were last used on the last ASW Helo we had with a dipping sonar capability the mighty Sea King!

Interesting to note that 2 Kiowas were operated towards the end of RAN Kiowa OPS with their Army codes 031 & 032, and operated at points in their Army Camo scheme. No 800 series codes were allocated.

Page Authors: Darren Crick, Brendan Cowan & Martin Edwards

Page Updated 29th March 2016

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