Wednesday, October 28, 2015

Bushfire Fighting Aircraft and Helicopters Out of Rockhampton Airport and Hedlow Airfield Wednesday

A fast moving bushfire in the Mount Chalmers area near Rockhampton on Wednesday 28 October saw a number fire fighting aircraft and helicopters flying in and out of both Rockhampton Airport and the more local Hedlow Airfield.

The local Cawarral Rural Fire Brigade Facebook page captured Stirling Helicopters' OAS Parts (Bell) UH-1H Iroquois VH-OXE fighting the fires as "Helitack 223".

McDermott Aviation Bell 214B-1 Biglifter helicopter VH-SMI was also noted fighting the bushfires.

VH-SMI has been based at Gladstone Airport - where it is photographed above - and uses the radio callsign "Helitack 418".

Of the fixed-wing aircraft heard to be flying around the bushfires, a pair of Meandarra Aerial Spraying Air Tractor AT-802A fire bombing aircraft - VH-NFY "Bomber 426" and VH-LHW "Bomber 428" - were both heard assisting with the firefighting.

Meandarra Aerial Spraying Cessna 210 VH-LWH "Spotter 436" was also noted operating out of Rockhampton Airport.

Local plane spotter Trevor H captured VH-LWH on Tuesday 27 October stopping into Rocky Airport for fuel.

Finally, it is believed that McDermott Aviation Group / Machjet International Beech B200 King Air VH-WJK may have also called into Rockhampton Airport on Wednesday 28 October while locally-based R-Mach Aviation Weatherley Aviation 620A VH-WEA departed Rocky heading towards Yeppoon perhaps to also assist with the aerial bushfire fighting effort.

Photos taken by Michael Fleetwood and Trevor Hardsman  ©

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