Ex RAAF, became VH-UWB in 1958. Sold in the UK as G-ARUK in 1962. Crashed near Kallista, Victoria, on April 12 that year while on a test flight ahead of an attempt on an Australia-UK record flight. Photo from: Civil Aviation Historical Society, Melbourne, Australia
Part of a small collection of aircraft at the Shell garage on the Princes Highway near the RAAF base at Laverton. A68-105 was purchased by Dick Hourigan in October 1964 and over the next 25 years was displayed at several museums. In 1990 work started on making the aircraft airworthy and it flew in 1996 as VH-JUC. -JUC was its military callsign in the 1950s when the RAAF used the VM- prefix. The RAAF dropped civil style callsigns in the 1960s and the -J** block of registrations was released for civil use in the 1970s.
Photo taken at the nuclear test site for Operation Totem. The UK exploded two bombs on towers at the site in 1953. Several RAAF Mustangs were flown in and parked at various positions in the test area. The damage on the tail of A68-97 due to passing vehicles, not the blasts. Recovered and exported to the US in 1968 for use as spares by Cavalier Aircraft..
The future VH-BOB after its disposal by the RAAF. The plan was for it to become VH-AGV but that did not happen and it was ferried from Sydney to Jerilderie in rural NSW in August 1964. It was reported to have made some unapproved flights but fell into disrepair. Warbird pilot Bob Eastgate acquired it in 1970 and it returned to the air in 1976.