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First two RAAF Neptune P2v5 maritime reconnaissance aircraft to be fitted with two extra engines at Richmond RAAF base



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STATNML&T BY THE HON F.M. OSBORNE, MINISTER FOR AIR FOR IMMHDIAT7I! RELRASS TUESDAY, OCTOBER 6, 1959.

Mr. F.M. Osborne, Minister for Air, said in Canberra this

morning that the first two RAAF Neptune P2V5 maritime reconnaissance aircraft

to be fitted with two extra engines were expected to reach Richmond RAAF Base,

near Sydney, NSW, this afternoon at 4 o'clock after flying from California,

USA.

The Neptunes, originally powered by two piston engines, have been

in the United States since late June having additional jet "pod" engines

installed by the Lockheed Aircraft Co, manufacturers of the Neptune.

Engineers have installed Westinghouse J34 jet engines under each

wing.

The jets will normally only be used as boosters during take-off

under certain conditions and on occasions when additional thrust is needed for

operational use.

All eleven Neptunes operated by No 11 (Maritime Reconnaissance)

Squadron at Richmond, NSW are being modified in the USA.

The two aircraft due to land at Richmond at 4 pm today visited the

US Naval Base at Barbers Point, Honolulu, during their flight from America.

Crews took part in a Search and Rescue Seminar at the invitation

of the US Coastguard which also operates Neptune aircraft.