Aircraft restoration the Australian way: Inside HARS

The Historic Aircraft Restoration Society has one of Australia’s biggest collections of airworthy historic aeroplanes. Chris Frame spoke to founder, president and chief pilot, Bob De La Hunty

The Lockheed P-2 Neptune first flew in May 1945 and its robust nature meant it became a stalwart of many air forces and navies across the world.

It saw action in numerous theatres of war; from the early years of the Cold War through to the Korean War, Vietnam and the Falklands campaign. Some even continue to serve in aerial firefighting roles today.

Just four airworthy examples remain worldwide, of which two can be found at the Historic Aircraft Restoration Society’s (HARS) Shellharbour Airport base, south of Sydney, Australia. A non-airworthy example is also part of the diverse collection of aircraft that hold significance for Australia, which are kept largely in flying condition by a dedicated group of volunteers.


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