Tuesday, February 18, 2020

Hevilift Aviation (PNG) Mil Mi-8MTV-1 Helicopter P2-MHM Back at Central Queensland Airports

On Monday 17 February, Hevilift Aviation (Papua New Guinea) Mil Mi-8MTV-1 helicopter P2-MHM was spotted back Central Queensland, heading home to Papua New Guinea following a deployment to assist with the recent bushfire fighting efforts in Southern Australia.

P2-MHM was noted arriving into Bundaberg Airport from Coffs Harbour and Redcliffe on Monday and remained parked for the night.  It was photographed above and below early on Tuesday 18 February as it prepared to depart for Mackay Airport and then Cairns.

P2-MHM was then photographed below as it visited Mackay Airport.

It is expected that P2-MHM will continue to PNG in the coming days.

P2-MHM was reportedly brought to Australia by Redcliffe-based AeroPower for operations in Southern Australia during the recent bushfire crisis.  P2-MHM looked to operate mostly out of
Merimbula in Southern New South Wales.

Of interest, the Mil Mi-8 is a medium twin-turbine helicopter, originally designed by the Soviet Union, and now produced by Russia.  In addition to its most common role as a transport helicopter, the Mi-8 is also used as an airborne command post, armed gunship, and reconnaissance platform. Along with the related, more powerful Mil Mi-17, the Mi-8 is among the world's most prolific utility helicopters ever built with over 7 300 examples manufactured since 1961, bring used by over 50 countries.  As of 2015, it was the third most common operational military aircraft in the world.

Sincere thanks to the local plane spotters for taking the time to capture and send through these great photos of a great visitor to CQ!

Photos taken by Isaac S and 'AC'  ©

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