Indeed "844" has been well looked after by the heritage flight (HF) volunteers. After a lot of checks and some minor tweaks over the last 2 weeks by HF and HARS volunteers both engines were fired up yesterday and wing fold mechanism exercised successfully. It sounded great. A credit to all involved.
HARS Navy Heritage Flight have provided a new update on their Facebook page. The most exciting, interesting, from the perspective of seeing something from the ex-RAN FAA Heritage Flight in the air again soon, news is:
844 has been temporarily located in an approved maintenance hangar provided by Air Affairs and endorsed as a remote HARS Maintenance site by CASA. A significant number of HARS members have spent two blocks of continuous work over approx. 6+ F/T days and have now declared that the Tracker is eligible for a maintenance release to fly. This is a very significant and impressive achievement and the teams of volunteers were led by Mr. Bill Smith senior HARS LAME and Mr. Terry Hetherington senior ex RANFAA LAME. Tracker 844 will now be run weekly by qualified NHF volunteers to ensure this status is maintained.
More detail in the FB post on the other aircraft.
Certainly looks like one Iroquois UH-1B is slated for a return to the air in a reasonable timeframe and the Sea Fury is going to be properly evaluated for repair and restoration to possibly airworthy status.
These will all be good additions to the local warbird community and good to see them getting some long overdue love and attention.
Colin Ford Canberra, Australia Historian, No.268 Squadron Royal Air Force, 1940-1946