HMAS Melbourne, Aircraft Visits
Visits to Other Ships
|1958, RAN Fairy Gannet onboard USS Philippine Sea - CVS 47||RAN Skyhawk onboard HMS Hermes in 1968|
|RN Whirlwind , first aircraft to use Melbourne's flight deck.||RN Seahawk from HMS Bulwark, used to test flight deck gear.|
|Borneo 1961, RN Wirlwind and a USN sync. rotor helo.||RN Whirlwinds on deck - Exercise Pony Express 1961|
|Tracker from USS Bennington for evaluation in 1962||Tracker from USS Bennington on the catapult|
|1965 - Skyhawk from USS Bennington for evaluation||This Skyhawk drew plenty of "Goofers"|
|Having the mandatory Kangaroo painted on.||Skyhawk from USS Bennington on the catapult.|
An S2E Tracker anti-submarine aircraft of 33 Patrol Squadron USN on the flight deck of the aircraft carrier HMAS Melbourne. At the time, the ship was involved in SEATO exercise Sea Devil held in the South China Sea. During the exercise, the Fleet Air Arm was conducting cross-operations with other aircraft capable of operating from HMAS Melbourne. The oportunity was taken to determine the suitability of this aircraft as a next generation replacement for the then current Gannet aircraft.
A "Birdie"" paints a kangaroo motif onto the fuselage of a USN McDonell Douglas Skyhawk A-4B fighter-bomber on the aircraft carrier HMAS Melbourne while another Naval Airman assists. "Branding"" of visiting aircraft was a regular practice. This aircraft, from VA113 Squadron, was conducting cross-deck operations trials from USS Bennington during SEATO exercise Sea Horse in May 1965. The RAN would later acquire A-4G models for the Fleet Air Arm.