DHC-1 CHIPMUNK T. MK 10 VH-RVV
MSN
C1-0484

 

 


WG410
   
51
  Built as WG410 by de Havilland, Broughton (Chester) as part of contract number 6/aircraft/5063 for 150 Chipmunk T. Mk. 10.
13SEP51
  The front fuselage (serial number DHB/F/351) of WG410 was signed off by the AID Inspector.
27SEP51
  The manufacturer advised the Air Ministry that the aircraft was ready for collection at the Broughton (Chester) factory.
28SEP51
  Allotted to No 2 BFTS, Ansty. WG410 carried the code 43.
19MAR53
  Allotted to No 22 MU, Silloth.
22SEP55
  Declared non-effective stock.
10AUG56
  Sold to W.S. Shackleton Ltd. and dismantled at Silloth by Helliwells Ltd.
VH-RVV
   
04JUN57
  Registered to Royal Victorian Aero Club, Cheltenham, Vic. as VH-RVV. CofR No 2363.
62-63
 

The following was contributed by John Laming: "During the period April 1961 to July 1963, I held the appointment of Command Aero Club Liaison Officer (CACLO) at RAAF Headquarters Support Command, Victoria Barracks, St Kilda Road, Melbourne. That post entailed the administration of the Australia-wide operation of 40 RAAF Air Training Corps flying scholarships awarded annually. Victoria had seven ATC cadets allotted each year and these were trained by the RVAC at Moorabbin. My rank at the time of appointment was Flight Lieutenant. Although most cadets flew during weekends from Moorabbin, flying camps were sometimes run in the school holidays at RAAF Base Laverton. As a qualified flying instructor (QFI) I was given a yearly allotment of flying hours in aero club aircraft as well as flying RAAF Dakota and Vampires from Laverton. I also tested ATC cadets in various training aircraft in Victoria and other States." The following flights in VH-RVV from 15MAR62 to 20MAY63 are extracted from John Laming's log book.

15MAR62
Solo aerobatics, circuits, spins and practice forced landings. Flight time 1 hr.
31MAR62
Instructor with ATC Cadet Barnes Dual instruction 1 hr.
22JAN63
Instructor with ATC Cadet Green dual instruction 45 min (Laverton camp).
22JAN63
Instructor with ATC Cadet Williams dual instruction 35 min (Laverton camp).
22JAN63
Instructor with ATC Cadet Reardon dual instruction 55 min (Laverton camp).
22JAN63
Instructor with Flt. Lt. Anderson dual instruction 50 min (Laverton camp).
29JAN63
Instructor with Flt.Lt. Anderson dual instruction 25 min.
01FEB63
Instructor with ATC Cadet Leach PPL flight test 1 hr.
31MAR63
Instructor with ATC Cadet Bishop dual instruction 1 hr.
01MAY63
Instructor with ATC Cadet Griffith Dual 1 hr 15 min.
20MAY63
Instructor with ATC Cadet Matheson Dual 15 min (curtailed due weather) Laverton. (See 18JAN63)
20MAY63
Instructor with ATC Cadet Griffith Dual 15 min (curtailed due weather) Laverton.
20MAY63
Instructor with Air Traffic Controller (name unknown) 15 min weather survey.
20MAY63
Instructor with ATC Cadet Donovan Dual PPL test 1 hr 20 min.

 

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H.M. 'Tub' Matheson completed most of his pre-solo training in VH-RVV at Laverton. He subsequently joined Army Aviation and served in Vietnam, later retiring with the rank of Lt Col. In October 2009 he completed 10,000 hours as an instructor. Today he is one of Australia's most experienced and respected helicopter pilots and instructors. The following flights in VH-RVV from 11JAN63 to 20MAY63 are extracted from Tub Matheson's log book.

11JAN63
Dual with instructor R. Clements 40 min.
11JAN63
Dual with instructor R. Clements 45 min.
12JAN63
Dual with instructor R. Clements 45 min.
14JAN63
Dual with instructor R. Clements 45 min.
14JAN63
Dual with instructor R. Clements 30 min.
14JAN63
Dual with instructor R. Clements 55 min.
15JAN63
Dual with instructor R. Clements 1 hr 5 min.
15JAN63
Dual with instructor R. Clements 50 min.
15JAN63
Dual with instructor R. Clements 25 min.
15JAN63
Dual with instructor R. Clements 30 min.
16JAN63
Dual with instructor R. Clements 1 hr.
16JAN63
Dual with instructor R. Clements 50 min.
17JAN63
Dual with instructor R. Clements 40 min.
18JAN63
Dual with instructor R. Clements 40 min.
22JAN63
Solo 1 hr. (First solo was in VH-RVL on 18JAN63).
20MAY63
Dual with Instructor John Laming 15 min (curtailed due weather).

 

06FEB65
  During a training flight from Moorabbin, the aircraft was force-landed in a paddock near Moorabbin Airport as a result of engine failure. The instructor, Doug Whitbourne, and pupil were not injured. The aircraft was damaged, although not extensively, but it was considered unlikely that it would be returned to service. On the same day, the RVAC Victa Airtourer VH-RVE crashed on take-off from Moorabbin resulting in the deaths of the instructor and pupil. (Source: AHSA Journal Feb 65)
"The Age" of 08FEB65 reported that the instructor was carrying out a simulated engine failure and force landed approximately 300 yards from the airfield.

The instructor had intended to simulate an engine failure after take-off but it became real when the student turned off the switches! The aircraft came down in a market garden to the immediate north of Moorabbin Airport.
06FEB65
  Struck off Register.
    The rear fuselage of VH-RVV was used in the rebuild of VH-RVE which had been damaged when it was taxied into a drainage ditch at Casey Field, Berwick, Vic. When the RVAC sold its Chipmunks, the remnants of three airframes were sold to Dick McLean. (Source: John J. Bruce, December 2013)
71
  Fuselage/cockpit section sold to Tim Becroft at Tocumwal.
    Sold to Brian Kelly, Tocumwal for use in the rebuild of VH-DHX (C1-0944). Subsequently the remnants of VH-RVV were sold to Gary Volkers.
VH-MMR
   
06OCT04
 

Registered VH-MMR to Gary W. Volkers, South Camden, NSW.
The project is said to incorporate components from several Chipmunks:

C/N
Component
Identities
Remarks
C1-0484 Forward fuselage/cockpit WG410
VH-RVV
VH-MMR
Basis of project.
C1-0211 Rear fuselage WB761
VH-BSS (ntu)
VH-RVE
VH-RWI
Crashed at Mundijong, WA on 25FEB97. This rear fuselage originally came from VH-RVV when VH-RVE was rebuilt following an accident.
C1-0063 Left wing WB622
VH-BSP
Crashed near Tumby Bay, SA on 02FEB63.
C1-0091 Right wing WB651
VH-GAM
VH-GIL
VH-BAW
Crashed at Coonamble, NSW on 27JAN64.

21JAN06
  Queensland Air Museum agreed to purchase the aircraft from Gary Volkers.
16DEC09
  Restoration commenced. When received by QAM, the wings were not fully skinned. Although the Chipmunk wing is fabric covered aft of the main spar, the decision was taken to skin the wings with Alclad in the expectation that the aircraft would be displayed outdoors.
02JUL11
  The aircraft featured in QAM's Open Cockpit Weekend fully restored in RVAC markings.

 

Compiled by Ron Cuskelly

 


 


ISSUE
DATE
REMARKS
7
13FEB14
Advised by John J. Bruce that the rear fuselage of VH-RVV was used in the rebuild of VH-RVE. Given that the rear fuselage of VH-RVE was used in QAM's rebuild of this aircraft, it means that the aircraft as displayed at QAM now incorporates its original cockpit section and rear fuselage.
6
03AUG11
Added log book entries from John Laming and Tub Matheson.
5
27JUL11
Added an image of the aircraft's forced landing on 06FEB65 and an image taken the previous month. Thanks to Neil Follett.
4
15JUL11
Added an image of the aircraft at the commencement of restoration. Thanks to Hugh Milne.
3
07JUL11
Added an image of the aircraft taken at Benalla on 05JUL57 thanks to Barrie Colledge.
2
06JUL11
Added an image of the aircraft taken at Wagga on 06JUL57 and an image of the restored aircraft taken almost exactly 54 years later on 05JUL11.
1
25JUL06
Original issue. Thanks to Rod Blievers, Tony Arbon, Eddie Coates, Nigel Daw, John Hopton, Dave Prossor and Rod Brown.