WSK Mielec SB Lim-2
MSN 1A06036

 


    Lim derives from the Polish "Licencyjny mysliwiec" which translates as "fighter license".
SB derives from the Polish "Szkolno-Bojowy" which translates as "Training-Combat".
53
  Built by WSK Mielec in late 1953 as a Lim-1 single seat fighter (a licence-built MiG-15). (Source: Janusz Maksymowicz via Bartosz Klimczak)
13NOV53
  Issued to the 29th Fighter Aviation Regiment in Orneta city (North Poland). (Source: Janusz Maksymowicz via Bartosz Klimczak)
JUN63
  Issued from 61th Training-Combat Aviation Regiment in Nowe Miasto to 59th Training-Combat Aviation Regiment in Biala Podlaska. (Source: Janusz Maksymowicz via Bartosz Klimczak)
c64
  Probably in 1964 after the disbandment of 59th Training-Combat Aviation Regiment in Biala Podlaska, the aircraft was converted to a two seat version SBLim-1 (equivalent to the Russian MiG-15UTI). SB is an abbreviation of "Szkolno-Bojowy" which translates as Training-Combat. (Source: via Bartosz Klimczak)
70
  Sometime during the period 09JAN70 to 30MAY70, the aircraft was fitted with the rear fuselage and tail from Lim-2 s/n 1B-01221 thus becoming a SBLim-2 (for which there is no Russian equivalent). This was previously reported erroneously as having taken place during the c1964 conversion. (Source: Robert Senkowski and Slawomir Bartosik via Tony Morris, UK)
18APR79
  Arrived at Aviation Repair Workshop No.2 (LZR-2) / Military Aviation Depot No. 2 (WZL-2) in Bydgoszcz from Military Unit 2571 in Slupsk. It is presumed that the aircraft arrived by rail as it was then minus an engine. (Source: Remigiusz Gadacz via Bartosz Klimczak)
20SEP79
  The aircraft was flown away to Military Unit 5058 (61st Training-Combat Aviation Regiment) in Biala Podlaska. (Source: Remigiusz Gadacz via Bartosz Klimczak)
02APR85
  Arrived at Aviation Repair Workshop No.2 (LZR-2) / Military Aviation Depot No. 2 (WZL-2) in Bydgoszcz from Military Unit 5058 (61st Training-Combat Aviation Regiment). This was the fifth overhaul for the aircraft. (Source: Remigiusz Gadacz via Bartosz Klimczak)
04JUL86
  The aircraft was flown away to Military Unit 5058 (61st Training-Combat Aviation Regiment) in Biala Podlaska. (Source: Remigiusz Gadacz via Bartosz Klimczak)
c87
  Sold to Randal W. McFarlane, Brisbane, Qld. (Source: Randal McFarlane)
23MAR88
  Struck off charge by the Polish Air Force. (Source: Robert Senkowski and Slawomir Bartosik via Tony Morris, UK)
89
  Sold to Hockey Treloar, Bankstown, NSW. Registration VH-LKW reserved but not taken up. Stored dismantled at Bankstown. (Source: Warbirds Directory v4 by Geoff Goodall) Picture
02JAN99
  Arrived at Nowra by road from Bankstown having been gifted to the Australian Naval Aviation Museum Foundation by Hockey Treloar. (Source: Mark Clayton)
DEC02
  Arrived at Classic Jets Fighter Museum, Parafield. (Source: CJFM Newsletter No. 14)
SEP04
  Restoration of the tailplane completed. (Source: CJFM Newsletter No. 16)
13APR05
  "After twelve months of serious work to repair the badly dented Lim-2 fuselage, fin, rudder and tailplane" the fuselage was moved from CJFM to the TAFE hangar at Parafield to be used as a training aid by TAFE students and to provide room at CJFM for the restoration of the wings. (Source: CJFM Newsletter No. 18)
06JUN06
  Title transferred from Australia's Museum of Flight, Nowra to Classic Jets Fighter Museum, Parafield, SA. (Source: CJFM)
02AUG06
  The aircraft was photographed outside the CJFM hangar structurally complete and on its wheels. (Source: CJFM Newsletter No. 21)
DEC06
  The aircraft was used as a backdrop in a photo shoot for jump blues band "Roj and the Jam Jets". The aircraft was decorated with appropriate nose art. (Source: CJFM Newsletter No. 22)
APR07
  Reported to be inside the CJFM hangar on display beside the Sabre. (Source: CJFM Newsletter No. 23)
05FEB10
  Classic Jets Fighter Museum accepted QAM's offer to purchase the aircraft. Delivery is planned for the latter half of 2010.
18NOV10
  Loaded at Classic Jets, Parafield.
19NOV10
  Departed Port Pirie, SA.
21NOV10
  Arrived at QAM, Caloundra at 2130.
22NOV10
  Unloaded at QAM Caloundra.
23JUN11
  Placed on display in Hangar 2. QAM records its thanks to Marek Radomski and Bartosz Klimczak for assisting with research into the aircraft's Polish history and markings.

 

Compiled by Ron Cuskelly

 

 

 


ISSUE
DATE
REMARKS
10
04OCT16
Added an image of the aircraft in storage at Bankstown in March 1990. Thanks to Bob Livingstone.
9
22FEB15
Added an explanation of "Lim".
8
09DEC11
Amended the aircraft's Polish history with information from Robert Senkowski and Slawomir Bartosik via Tony Morris (UK).
7
01JUL11
Minor changes to Polish units and sources provided by Bartosz Klimczak.
6
26JUN11
Added an image of the aircraft on display.
5
22NOV10
Added details and images of the arrival at Caloundra.
4
29JUN10
Added further details of the aircraft's time at Nowra thanks to Mark Clayton.
3
17JUN10
Added further details of the aircraft's military service thanks to Bartosz Klimczak in Poland.
2
15JUN10
Added details of the aircraft's military service thanks to Remigiusz Gadacz and Bartosz Klimczak in Poland.
1
13JUN10
Original issue.