Monday, November 21, 2016

McDermott Aviation Bell 204B Huey Helicopters VH-OCD 'Helitack 416' & VH-URS 'Helitack 430' Spotted at Gladstone Airport

Bush fire-fighting helicopters and fixed-wing aircraft continue to be spotted and noted flying around CQ Airport with fires flaring up around Rockhampton and Bundaberg over the last week.  And with predicted extreme conditions around the Gladstone area this week, on Monday 21 November, a trio of helicopters were spotted parked at Gladstone Airport, including:

McDermott Aviation Bell 204B Helicopter VH-OCD 'Helitack 416'.

McDermott Aviation Overseas Support Aircraft (Bell) UH-1B Huey Helicopter VH-URS 'Helitack 430'.

And Stirling Helicopters Eurocopter AS.350B2 Squirrel helicopter VH-AGL 'Firebird 421'.

It appears that all three helicopters may have departed Gladstone Airport a little later in the afternoon on Monday 21 November heading to Bundaberg to fight fires that flared up in the region.

Meanwhile, a pair of bush fire reconnaissance aircraft also been heard flying around CQ - including out of Hedlow Airfield (North of Rockhampton) including Archerfield-based Performance Aero Cessna 337G Super Skymaster VH-JOC "Birddog 402" and R-Mach Aviation Cessna 337G VH-JOE "Birddog 410".

All photos taken by 'Mick'  ©

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