A piece of Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) history has been refurbished in preparation for the 2021 Australian International Airshow with support from PPG.

Originally built at the Government Aircraft Factory (GAF) in Avalon in 1956, the Canberra Bomber (serial number A84-232) went on to serve with No. 2 RAAF Squadron, eventually retiring from service in 1982. It was then placed on display in the main entrance of the GAF factory at Avalon Airport in June 1985, where it remained for the next 35 years. Interestingly, the six-month restoration project, which began in December 2019, took place within the very hangar where A84-232 was built in 1956. “The upcoming 2021 Australian International Airshow coincides with the 100th anniversary of RAAF,” said Mick Jennings, AMDA Foundation Limited Head of Aviation Services. “Given the significance of this event, coupled with the important role that the Canberra Bomber played throughout RAAF’s history, we decided to complete a professional refurbishment of A84-232 with the help of companies like PPG, which supplies paints and coatings to Aviat Global.”  

PPG provided a combined 120 litres of DESOPRIME HS CA7700 primer with ‘B’ Activator and DESOTHANE HS CA8000 polyurethane topcoats in a colour palette of extra dark sea grey, olive drab and black. “Having the opportunity to partner with AMDA Foundation Limited, Aviat Global and others to restore this priceless piece of Australian history is truly an honour,” said Andrew Arena, PPG Commercial Account Manager, Australia and New Zealand, Aerospace. “We are thrilled that PPG’s aerospace coatings will protect and beautify A84-232 for years to come.”  

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