Tuesday, August 11, 2015

Bushfires around Mount Morgan Bring Fire Fighting Helicopters and Spotter Aircraft Out at Rockhampton Airport

Bushfires around Mount Morgan saw several fire-fighting and surveillance helicopters and aircraft fly around the Rockhampton area and into Rockhampton Airport on this week.  On Tuesday 11 August, McDermott Aviation Bell 214B Big-lifter Helicopter N254SM was captured by local plane spotter Isaac M flying around Rocky as "Helitack 411".

OAS Parts (Bell) UH-1H Iroquois Helicopter VH-OXE is being used by Stirling Helicopters (Stirling Consolidated on Theodore) as a fire fighting and heavy-lift platform as "Helitack 223".  It has been based at Rockhampton Airport and has been parked in the J.M. Kelly hangar.

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Stirling Helicopters also operates Eurocopter AS.350BA Squirrel helicopter VH-WHW which was also noted on local media reports assisting with the firefighting efforts.

R-Mach Aviation Cessna 337G Super Skymaster VH-JOE "Birddog 410" has also been noted flying out of Rockhampton Airport on reconnaissance flights over the fires.

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To be further updated...

Photos taken by Isaac Matthews and Kayanne Hardsman  ©

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