|06APR51||Allotted serial number A89-589.|
|30JAN53||Received 11SQN Pearce ex USA.|
|15DEC53||Departed Pearce for storage at 3AD Archerfield.|
|02DEC54||3AD instructed to upgrade the aircraft to fly-away status.|
|10JAN55||Back at 11SQN by this date.|
|25FEB58||Allotted for use for duration of Royal Tour.|
|25JUL59||Departed for USA for Jet Pod Mod.|
|14NOV59||Returned from the USA.|
|14APR60||Despatched to CAC, Avalon for Mod 208.|
|17MAY60||Despatched to 11SQN ex CAC.|
|19MAY61||Despatched to CAC, Avalon for Mod 201.|
|16JUN61||Received 11SQN ex CAC.|
|JAN65||Around this time some P2V-5 Neptunes were given names derived from popular movies of the day. Although no doubt intended to honour the James Bond movie Thunderball, photographs show that A89-307 was actually named Thunderballs (i.e. plural!). In the absence of photographic proof of the singular form, it must be assumed that the name was in the plural form from the outset. Certainly the "s" does not appear to be a later addition.|
|18DEC67||Received Hawker de Havilland, Bankstown for storage pending disposal decision.|
|19APR68||Hawker de Havilland advised to convert aircraft to components and declare residue for disposal.|
|NOV68||Broken up at Bankstown.|
Added an image thanks to Maurice Ritchie.
Added details of the storage at Archerfield.
Added return date from the Jet Pod Mod.
Added an image by Barry Flood via Ben Dannecker.
Added an image thanks to Phil Ware.