VH-OXE is currently registered to - and wears the colours of - Touchdown Helicopters of Albion Park Rail (Wollongong) and is being utilised (leased) by Stirling Helicopters (Stirling Consolidated on Theodore) as a fire fighting and heavy-lift platform. It will (at the time of writing) continue to be based at Rockhampton Airport until later this year.
As we've reported, the big Bell was previously operated by the United States Army wearing the serial number 67-17187. It was built in 1967 and reportedly has only 6000 hours 'on the clock'.
Thanks to Kayanne and Trevor for sending through these great photos of a great helicopter - and thanks to friendly staff at Stirling Helicopters for the opportunity to capture them!
Photos taken by Kayanne Hardsman and Trevor Hardsman ©