Sunday, July 28, 2013

Military Exercise Talisman Saber 2013: United States Marine Corps (USMC) Bell UH-1Y Huey / Venom Helicopters Call into Rockhampton Airport

Arriving into Rockhampton Airport around lunch time on Saturday 27 July was a pair of United States Marine Corps (USMC) Bell UH-1Y Huey/Venom helicopters.

The Bell UH-1Y Venom (also called 'Super Huey') is a twin-engine medium size utility helicopter, part of the USMC H-1 upgrade program. The UH-1Y variant modernizes the UH-1 design, with the most noticeable upgrade being a four-bladed, all-composite rotor system. It also features upgraded engines and transmission, a digital cockpit with flat panel multifunctional displays, an increased payload, greater range, a reduction in vibration, and higher cruise speed.

The two UH-1Y choppers to call into Rockhampton on Saturday were 168407 / EP-30 and 168408 / EP-31, of the Marine Medium Tiltrotor Squadron 265 (VMM-265) "Dragons".  They touched down briefly at "Camp Rocky", and were heard to be using the radio callsign of "Dragon 31".

A couple of great looking choppers - thanks to the Rockhampton Plane Spotters for sending through their great images!

Photos taken by 'IAD' and Trevor Hardsman  ©

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