The first flight of A84-242 took place on 6 June 1957 with delivery to the RAAF on 16 August 1957.

The aircraft served with No.2 Squadron in the Malayan Emergency and took part in the first jet bombing mission of the emergency on 3 September 1958.

A84-242 again served with 2SQN, this time in Vietnam as part of the US Air Force 35th Tactical Fighter Wing.

The aircraft departed from Butterworth Air Base and arrived at Phan Rang Air Base on 19 April 1967. It returned home to RAAF Amberley on 4 June 1971.

From 12 August the aircraft was used as a fire fighting training aid, sprayed with foam but fortunately not set alight.

In December 2007 A84-242 was allocated to the Amberley Restoration Hangar.

Having completed external restoration in 2013, A84-242 has now taken its place in the RAAF Amberley Aviation Heritage Centre Display Hangar as a fine dedication to the personnel who flew and maintained this aircraft during its active RAAF service.

A84-242 is now undergoing further restoration of the aircraft internals to return it to its Vietnam era livery. While still on public display, visitors can see the work being undertaken to complete the restoration.


A84-125 is also on display at the heritage centre. A84-125 was British built and allocated to the RAAF on 16 March 1951. It was converted to an aircrew trainer in 1959, with a second instructor pilot seat in the cockpit.


Canberra A84-201 is on Gate Guard duty at the old Amberley gate and memorial garden. It was the first Australian built Canberra, first flew 29 May 1953. You will pass this aircraft on your way to the Heritage Centre, but visitors are not to stop or inspect without permission.