The first flight of Canberra aircraft A84-242 took place on 6 June 1957. The aircraft was delivered to the RAAF on 16 August 1957. A84-242 served with No.2 Squadron in the Malayan Emergency. It took part in the first jet bombing mission of this Emergency on 3 September 1958.
The aircraft served with No.2 Squadron in Vietnam as part of United States Air Force 35th Tactical Fighter Wing arriving at Phan Rang Air Base on 16 April 1967 after a two hour flight from Butterworth, Malaysia. A84-242 returned to Darwin from Vietnam on 4 June 1971.
On 12 August 1986 it was allocated to RAAF Base Amberley Fire Section and used as a fire fighting training aid and sprayed with foam but fortunately not torched. Years of being sprayed with fire fighting foam have left a severe amount of corrosion; however, A84-242 was allocated to the Amberley restoration hangar in December 2007 and is now lovingly being restored to its former glory by a team of dedicated volunteers.
This aircraft is now on display with the external restoration having been completed. The internal fit out is now underway with the installation of instruments and cockpit furnishings.