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June 24, 2010
THE Historical Aircraft Restora-
tion Society (HARS) is interested
in hearing from any serving or
former members of the Navy's
Fleet Air Arm and Air Force who
have any experience and/or quali-
fications relating to the former
Macchi MB326H jet trainer air-
From the stable of
Aermacchi in Italy, but with the
Australian designator CA-30
(the Commonwealth Aircraft
Corporation -- CAC -- built almost
80 of them), the aircraft type flew
with the Air Force between 1967
and 2000 and the Navy between
1967 and 1983.
Air Force operated 87
Macchis; Navy 10.
The Air Force variant had the
series number A7.
HARS has acquired the
former Air Force Macchi A7-025
and intends to restore it to flying
Project manager of the HARS
Macchi restoration committee,
Ben Morgan, said the society was
inviting current or former mem-
bers with Macchi experience or
qualifications to contact his team.
"This is an extensive restora-
tion project and one of signifi-
cance as there are no Macchis
in flying service with the Air
Force or on the civil register in
Australia," Mr Morgan said.
"There are also very lim-
ited numbers of these aircraft in
museum hands and for the gen-
eral public to view."
The RAAF Museum has A7-
001 on display.
Macchi A7-025 last served
with No. 25 (City of Perth)
Squadron and had a colourful
"We are very proud to be the
custodians of this important piece
of Air Force history," he said.
When it is restored, the
Macchi will join the other former
Air Force aircraft operated by
HARS from its base at Albion
Park, NSW. They are a Lockheed
SP-2H Neptune, a PBY Catalina,
C-47 Dakotas and a de Havilland
It will also be used for static
aircraft displays with other non-
flying aircraft including a CAC
Wirraway, a CAC Boomerang,
a CAC Ceres cropduster and a
CAC MK 32 Sabre.
Calling all experts
FLASHBACK: Air Force Macchi A7-025 flying
in the 1980s. HARS now intends to restore
the aircraft to airworthiness; the only one in
Australia, and is seeking volunteers to assist.
Photo: courtesy HARS
LONG ROAD AHEAD: Repainted in camouflage
colours, the after fuselage section of A7-025 is
carefully lowered onto a low loader for its trip to
HARS and restoration to flying condition.
Photo: courtesy HARS
DURING the 1960s, the Air Force
needed replacement aircraft for
its ageing Winjeel and Vampire
training aircraft and decided to opt
for an all-jet trainer to train pilots
for the Mirage III jet fighter then on
order from France. In 1965 it se-
lected the Italian Macchi MB-326.
While the first 20 airframes
were made in Italy, the aircraft
were to be produced under licence
by the Commonwealth Aircraft
The Air Force's first Macchi flew
in Italy in April 1967 and handed
over in October 1968. Australian
production continued until the last
aircraft was delivered in September
It served with 25, 76, 77 and
79SQNs until 2000. It also served
with 2 Operational Conversion
Unit, 5 Operational Training
Unit, 2 Flying Training School,
Central Flying School and with the
Roulettes between 1970 and 1989.
The Navy's aircraft were based
at the Naval Air Station, HMAS
Albatross and flown by 724SQN.
With the end of fixed-wing avia-
tion by the RAN in 1982, the 10
aircraft were transferred to the Air
Force in mid-1983.
Memories of Macchis
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