Joint Media Release with Minister For Defence Senator the Hon Marise Payne
Minister for Defence, Senator Marise Payne, and Country Liberals Senator for the Northern Territory, Nigel Scullion, are pleased to announce that former Royal Australian Air Force AP-3C Orion A9-757 has been allocated to the Aviation Historical Society of the Northern Territory to preserve the heritage of this significant aircraft.
Minister Payne said the AP-3C Orion has been used by the RAAF for naval fleet support, maritime surveillance, search and rescue operations, and anti-surface and anti-submarine warfare.
“Since 2006 the fleet has been used extensively during Operation Resolute patrolling Australia’s Exclusive Economic Zone to the north,” Minister Payne said.
“This aircraft is an important part of the ADF’s operational history, and I am pleased that its memory will live on in the Territory.”
Senator Scullion said the gifting of this aircraft to the Aviation Historical Society would preserve the heritage of the aircraft.
“The Northern Territory has a strong connection with the Australian Defence Force and the gifting of this historically important aircraft will provide the opportunity for thousands of Territorians to gain a greater appreciation of the aircraft and its history,” Senator Scullion said.
“This aircraft has been significantly used by the RAAF from RAAF Base Darwin, so I am pleased that this piece of history can remain in the Territory so that our community can always remember the service and sacrifice of members of the ADF.”
President of the Aviation Historical Society of the NT, Tony Simons, said the Orion would be a significant addition to the Museum collection of military and civilian aircraft.
“We are pleased to have acquired an aircraft which has a long standing relationship with Darwin and northern defence operations.
“As the aircraft will be owned by the Society, it is planned that we will be able to allow access to the interior of the aircraft, which will significantly add to the tourism experiences for our visitors,” Mr Simons said.