Minister for Defence Materiel – New homes for Caribou aircraft

Minister for Defence Materiel Jason Clare today announced that two organisations will preserve and display nine Caribou aircraft and associated equipment.

The two organisations are:

  • Amrock Aviation Pty Ltd based in Brisbane, which will use the aircraft for humanitarian work in Papua New Guinea and the Solomon Islands; and
  • The Historical Aircraft Restoration Society in the Illawarra, which will preserve and display two aircraft, one propeller, 15 engines and two spares packages.

Other organisations will receive propellers:

  • Upwey RSL (Victoria);
  • Clarence City Council (Tasmania);
  • Caboolture Warflight and Heritage Museum (Queensland);
  • Narromine Aviation Museum (NSW);
  • Dorrigo RSL (NSW);
  • Northampton RSL (WA); and
  • Redlands RAAFA (Queensland).

“For more than 40 years, Caribou aircraft were the workhorse of the Australian Defence Force, primarily supporting the Army” Mr Clare said.

“They were used extensively in Vietnam, as well as in East Timor, Papua New Guinea and the Solomon Islands supporting humanitarian and relief work.

“They were a versatile aircraft, capable of short take offs and landings on unprepared runways.

“The Caribou served Australia with distinction and these organisations will help us preserve the aircraft for future generations.”

Media contact: Korena Flanagan 02 6277 7620

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