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Australian, New Zealand & Papua New Guinea Military Aircraft Serials & History
 

AIRCRAFT of the PAPUA NEW GUINEA DEFENCE FORCE

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DC-3 P2-004
and Arava P2-023 
Lae, PNG 
February 1988 
Photo Wal Nelowkin

 
     
 

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The Papua New Guinea Defence Force was formed after Papua New Guinea gained independence from Australia in 1975. Australia donated many of the early aircraft. In fact of the 26 aircraft operated since 1975 Australia donated or funded 21 of them. The Air Transport Squadron was initially based at Port Moresby before moving to Lae. When Lae airport was closed it moved back to Jackson's Field at Port Moresby where it is currently based. Now called the Air Operations Squadron it operates a single CASA CN235 transport aircraft. Two wet leased Bell 212 helicopters are paid for by the Australian Government provide the PNGDF with some rotary wing capacity. The ADF has been a regular visitor to PNG either in support of PNGDF exercises, assisting in search and rescue and humanitarian relief and even as Peace Keepers in Bougainville during 1998. The RAAF Caribou was a frequent visitor  (I wonder how the Caribou replacement the C-27J will perform at some of those hot and high short unsealed strips.)  Currently mainly Hercules and Black Hawks have been carrying out similar missions. At present the Air Operations Element has plans for expansion with six new aircraft ordered in 2016 (see below).

 
     
 

DOUGLAS DC-3/C47B Dakota

 
     
 

Five ex-RAAF C-47B Dakotas were donated to the Papua New Guinea Defence Force.
During overhaul the aircraft were recertified to civil DC-3 standard.
One other C-47B was donated to be used as a training aid.

 
     
 
PNGDF Serial

Previous ID

C/N Aircraft History
P2-001 P65-001
A65-100
33109
ex-RAAF (See RAAF history)
11/08/1975 delivered to PNGDF as P65-001 later P2-001.
Served with Air Transport Squadron based at Lae, later at Jackson's Field.
1994 sold to P.Starr (Newcastle) registered VH-ATO (cancelled).
Landed at Warnervale, NSW due to engine failure on delivery from Papua New Guinea.
Registered VH-DNF to Dakota National Air (ntu).
24/02/2010 trucked to Larras Lee, NSW . 
03/2013 sold to Butler Air Transport Museum at Tooraweenah, NSW. 
The museum never opened and it was offered for sale in 2014.
12/04/2015 purchased by David Salter and transported by road to his property at Walcha on 23/09/2015.
Highlight for Album: DC-3 P2-001
P2-002 P65-002
A65-84
32877 ex-RAAF (See RAAF history)
08/08/1975 delivered to PNGDF as P65-002 later P2-002.
Served with Air Transport Squadron based at Lae, later at Jackson's Field.
1986 still in service (engine issues at Mendi aiport).
09/2002 noted derelict and engineless at
Jackson's Field.
2002 moved across the road to the Port Moresby Airways Hotel where it was mounted on poles.
It opened in 2004 as the "Balus Bar".
Initially displayed in Air Niugini scheme it is now in a plain scheme with Airways Hotel titles.

Highlight for Album: DC-3 P2-002

P2-003 P65-003
A65-67
26638 ex-RAAF (See RAAF history).
10/10/1975 delivered to PNGDF as P65-003 later P2-003.
Served with Air Transport Squadron based at Lae, later at Jackson's Field.
11/02/1992 withdrawn from service.
07/1993 sold by tender to Marty Taylor .

21/08/1993 arrived Cairns as VH-PTE,
flew on to Moree NSW during the following week.
On display mounted outside the Amaroo Tavern, Moree NSW

Highlight for Album: DC-3 P2-003

P2-004 P65-004
A65-68
27130 ex-RAAF (See RAAF history)
08/08/1975 delivered to PNGDF as P65-004 later P2-004
Served with Air Transport Squadron based at Lae, later at Jackson's Field

23/08/1993 arrived Cairns as VH-ATO (cancelled)
19/05/1994 registered VH-DNA to Peter Starr's Dakota National Air based at Bankstown, NSW
12/2009 w
ithdrawn from use and moved by road to Larras Lee,
NSW

DC-3 P2-004
Cairns
September 1993 
Photo North Queensland Skies Blogspot

P2-005 A68-63 26001 ex-RAAF (See RAAF history)
28/01/1981 approved for transfer to PNGDF. To be delivered to East West Airlines at Tamworth NSW by 25/02/1981
25/03/1981 delivered to PNGDF
Served with Air Transport Squadron based at Lae, later at Jackson's Field
Withdrawn from use 08/1987
1994 to Dick Lang, Adelaide registered VH-PWN. Flew with Rebel Air and then Dakota National Air..
09/2000 noted in dismantled state at Bankstown NSW
Withdrawn from use and stored at Australian Aviation Museum.
01/2010 moved by road to Larras Lee, NSW

Highlight for Album: DC-3 P2-005

P2-006 A65-65 26637 ex-RAAF (See RAAF history)
28/01/1981 approved for transfer to PNGDF. To be delivered to East West Airlines at Tamworth NSW by 25/02/1981
08/1982 delivered to PNGDF
Served with Air Transport Squadron based at Lae, later at Jackson's Field
18/11/1987 while climbing out of RW 27 Nadzab Airfield one engine failed, forcing a wheels up landing that damaged a wing, resulting in the aircraft being written off.
Transported to Lae Airfield stripped for parts, remained as a hulk into the early 1990s
Presumed scrapped later in the 90s

Highlight for Album: DC-3 P2-006

N/A A65-122 33455 ex-RAAF (See RAAF history)
1980 supplied as training aid at Igam Barracks, Lae
No PNGDF serial allocated
Current on outside display at Lae Botanical Gardens in very poor condition

Highlight for Album: Dakota A65-122

 
     
 

PIPER AZTEC

 
     
 
PNGDF Serial Aircraft history
P2-010? Some sources indicate that a single Piper Aztec aircraft was used by PNGDF at some stage
No confirmation of aircraft details have been found.
 
     
 

GAF N22 NOMAD

 
     
 

Three GAF N22B Nomads were provided by the Australian Government in 1977/78.
These were supplemented with three N22SB Searchmasters in 1982/84

 
     
 
PNGDF Serial Construction
Number
Previous ID Aircraft History
P2-011 N22B-52 P2-DFN 30/11/1977 delivered to PNGDF.
04/05/1981 crashed West Sepik Province and damaged beyond repair.

Highlight for Album: Nomad P2-011

P2-012 N22B-54 P2-DFO 30/11/1977delivered to PNGDF.
1998 acquired by Seagull Aviation, stripped for parts and scrapped.

Highlight for Album: Nomad P2-012

P2-013 N22B-67 P2-DFP 12/05/1978 delivered to PNGDF.
1998 acquired by Seagull Aviation, stripped for parts and scrapped.

Highlight for Album: Nomad P2-013

P2-014 N22SB-112 P2-DSQ 18/10/1982 delivered to PNGDF.
28/01/1983 damaged beyond repair during emergency landing at Daru.
P2-015 N22SB-113 P2-DSR 26/10/1982 delivered to PNGDF.
1998 acquired by Seagull Aviation, stripped for parts.
Remainder of aircraft currently derelict at Jackson's Field.

Highlight for Album: Nomad P2-015

P2-016 N22SB-114   12/06/1984 delivered to PNGDF.
1998 acquired by Seagull Aviation, stripped for parts and scrapped.

Highlight for Album: Nomad P2-016

n/a N22B-59 P2-DNM Flew with Douglas Airways as P2-DNM.
1986 retired from flying.
Acquired by PNGDF for spare parts.
 
     
 

IAI ARAVA

 
     
 

Three Israel Aircraft Industries Arava 201 transport aircraft were delivered in March 1985.
One website reports that for political reasons they were delivered via Lyon in France.
 We have photos of two of them transiting through Prestwick in Scotland wearing Israeli civil registrations.
There seems to be no consensus on when they were withdrawn from service with dates varying from 1989 to 2015.

 
     
 
PNGDF Serial c/n Previous
Identity
Aircraft History
P2-021 082 4X-CUQ ?/1985 at ARDU trials flight.
10/1988 Richmond Air Show.
09/2002 our photos show P2-021 in the PNGDF hangar at Jackson's Field minus engines, undercarriage and leading edges. P2-023 is parked next to it in a similar condition. P2-021 was reassembled and returned to service.
07/2007 photographed in service at Port Moresby.
2016 satellite photo shows it parked on ramp at Jackson's Field. Exact condition cannot be determined.

Highlight for Album: IAI Arava P2-021

P2-022 083 4X-CUR 09/2002 photos show it parked in PNGDF hangar at Jackson's Field.
It appears to be complete and possibly still in service.
01/2016 parked on ramp at Jackson's Field exact condition unknown but visually still looking like it may be capable of flying.

Highlight for Album: IAI Arava P2-022

P2-023 084 4X-CUS This one was probably retired before 09/2002 as our photos show it in the PNGDF hangar at Jackson's Field minus engines, undercarriage and leading edges (probably other parts missing as well).
01/2016 photos at Jackson Field show it in outside storage but looks to be in exactly the same condition as back in 2002.
Possibly used as a source of spares to keep other 2 Aravas flying.

Highlight for Album: IAI Arava P2-023

 
     
 

BELL UH-1 IROQUOIS

 
     
 

Four ex-RAAF UH-1H Iroquois helicopters were donated to the Papua New Guinea Defence Force under Project Wit Koki.
A fifth example was purchased as an attrition replacement in 1992.
There are two schools of thought regarding the tie up between PNGDF serials and the original RAAF serials.
For the time being both are listed until an inspection of the data plates can be arranged.

 
     
 
PNGDF Serial c/n Previous
Identity
Aircraft History
P2-401 9505

or

9506

A2-505

or

A2-506

ex-RAAF (See RAAF history).
08/1989 supplied under Project "Wit Koki" along with 2 years supply of spare parts.
Reported to have been armed and used by PNGDF in the Bougainville conflict PNGDF's Iroquois fleet suffered from maintenance and spares issues and gradually wound down.
01/2016 derelict at Jackson's Field.

Highlight for Album: Iroquois P2-401
 

P2-402 9506

or

9509

A2-506

or

A2-509

ex-RAAF (See RAAF history).
08/1989 supplied under Project "Wit Koki" along with 2 years supply of spare parts.
Reported to have been armed and used by PNGDF in the Bougainville conflict PNGDF's Iroquois fleet suffered from maintenance and spares issues and gradually wound down.
01/2016 derelict at Jackson's Field .

Highlight for Album: Iroquois P2-402

P2-403 9509

or

9510

A2-509

or

A2-510

ex-RAAF (See RAAF history).
08/1989 supplied under Project "Wit Koki" along with 2 years supply of spare parts.
Reported to have been armed and used by PNGDF in the Bougainville conflict PNGDF's Iroquois fleet suffered from maintenance and spares issues and gradually wound down.
01/2016 derelict at Jackson's Field.

Highlight for Album: Iroquois P2-403

P2-404 9510

or

9505

A2-510

or

A2-505

ex-RAAF (See RAAF history).
08/1989 supplied under Project "Wit Koki" along with 2 years supply of spare parts.
Reported to have been armed and used by PNGDF in the Bougainville conflict.
1994 a PNGDF Iroquois was claimed shot down by the Bougainville Revolutionary Army (BRA).
P2-404 is the only example not stored at Jackson's Field.
 

Highlight for Album: Iroquois P2-404

P2-405 13934 AE424
VP-FBQ
G-BMLA
VH-UHE
 
10/10/1978 delivered to Argentine Army.
23/04/82 transported to Falkland Islands by C-130.
06/1982 captured by British Forces.
06/1982 to 01/1986 used by Falkland Islands Government Air Services as VP-FBQ.
17/01/1986 sold to and registered G-BMLA to Grampian Helicopters, UK.
09/1988 sold to B.H. Pacific Pty, Australia as VH-UHE.
27/07/1992 sold to PNGDF as P2-405.
01/2016 noted in external storage at Jackson's Field.

Highlight for Album: Iroquois P2-405

 
     
 

CASA CN-235M

 
     
 

Two CASA built CN-235M were purchased in 1991.
Both aircraft reported withdrawn shortly after arrival due to funding shortages, but P2-0501 was returned to service in 2006

 
     
 
PNGDF Serial c/n Aircraft History
P2-0501 C048 Delivered 15/11/1991.
09/2002 noted in PNGDF hangar at Jackson's Field without engines.
01/2016 noted in PNGDF hangar at Jackson's Field undergoing restoration to flying status.

Highlight for Album: CN-235 P2-0501

P2-0502 C049 Delivered 15/11/1991.
01/2016 currently in service based at Jackson's Field.

Highlight for Album: CN-235 P2-0502

 
     
 

MBB (NURTANO) Bo-105

 
     
 
PNGDF Serial Model c/n Aircraft History
Unknown NBo-105CB u/k Many sources indicate that a single IPTN (Indonesia) built Bo-105 was operated by PNGDF
Donated by the Indonesian Government it was operated between 1999 and 2004.
Despite my best efforts I have been unable to identify the helicopter involved. 
 
     
 

BELL 212

 
     
  In 04/2012 under the PNG-Australia Defence Cooperation Program a contract was signed between the Australian Government and Hevilift Helicopters (PNG) to provide the PNGDF with two twin-engine medium-lift helicopters and one light training helicopter for a period of two years. (Evidently extended to four years). The twin engined helicopters are Bell 212s a twin engined evolution of the famous Huey. The light training helicopter type and identity has yet to be identified if indeed there ever was one. On 03/03/2016 at the 24th Australia - Papua New Guinea Ministerial Forum the Australian Government agreed to fund the two helicopters for a further three years.  
     
 
PNGDF Registration Previous
Identity
c/n Aircraft History
P2-DFA D-HGPP 30807 1977 registered D-HGPP to German Federal Police Force (Bundespolizei).
8/05/2012 to Hevilift Ltd as P2-DFA. Leased to PNGDF.
21/06/2012 noted at Cairns en-route to Papua New Guinea.
28/03/2015 noted at Cairns minus PNGDF titles heading south.
28/05/2015 returned to German register as D-HGPP.

Highlight for Album: Bell 212 P2-DFA

P2-DFB VH-EMJ 30799 28/03/1977 registered VH-EMJ.
11/07/2001 registered P2-HCJ.
? registered P2-DFB (since at least 2013).
01/2016 noted at Jackson's Field still under lease to PNGDF.

Highlight for Album: Bell 212 P2-DFB

P2-DFW N1761G 30506 Built 1970 previous registrations  N606, N212WJ, N1761G
09/2014 noted at Cairns Airport as P2-DFW
01/2016 noted at Jackson's Field still under lease to PNGDF
25/03/2016 re-registered P2-HFJ painted in Police colours

Highlight for Album: Bell 212 P2-DFW

P2-HCW N7996J 30520 Built 1971 previous registrations  N7996J, XC-FIF, N7996J, JA9529, PK-EBO
Would appear to be replacement for P2-DFW

Highlight for Album: Bell 212 P2-HCW

 
     
 

NEW PNGDF AIRCRAFT ON ORDER

 
     
  On 23/02/2016 a contract worth US$18 million was signed between PNGDF and Pacific Aerospace for the purchase of four new PAC 750 and two CT-4 aircraft.
The contract provides for Pacific Aerospace to provide training in Hamilton New Zealand for pilots and ground crew. First delivery of PAC 750 aircraft expected by end of 2016.
 
     
 

SANDLINE AIRCRAFT

 
     
  In 1997 the PNG Government signed a contract with Sandline International to provide a mercenary force to fight separatists in Bougainville.
To cover this episode would require a page of its own. However two aircraft from this failed operation remain at PNGDF base at Jackson's Field.
 
     
 
Aircraft Type Registration c/n Aircraft history
CASA 211 Aviocar 200 N461CA 164 7/02/1997 registered to Sandair Corp of Middleton, Delaware.
6/03/2000 cancelled from register.
09/2002 photos show it parked in PNGDF hangar at Jackson's Field.
01/2016 outside storage at Jackson's Field.
 

Highlight for Album: CASA 212 N461CA

Many databases show this aircraft as having crashed or being damaged beyond repair.

Cessna 337A Skymaster N6291F 291 21/02/1997 registered to Sandair Corp of Middleton, Delaware.
3/04/2000 cancelled from register.
01/2016 outside storage at Jackson's Field.

Highlight for Album: Cessna 337 N6291F

 
     

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