VH-OXE was noted flying into Rockhampton Airport from the North on Thursday 6 December before departing Rocky for the South-East on Friday 7 December. It must've had some sort of problem as it returned to Rockhampton Airport and was photographed below by local photographer Russell P completing an exercise on filling and emptying its attached 'bambi-bucket'.
VH-OXE again departed Rockhampton Airport on Saturday 8 December for the South-East, but on this occasion, it did not return.
I also loved the photos local photographer Russell P also captured of its sister-ship fellow OAS Parts (Bell) UH-1H Iroquois VH-OXI as "Helitack 229" as it returned to Rockhampton Airport late on Monday 3 December.
See more of Russell's great photos on our Blog post HERE.
Meanwhile, another helicopter that was noted fighting the recent bushfires in the form of Stirling Helicopters (Stirling Consolidated) / Eagle Copters Leasing Bell Helicopter Textron Canada 407 helicopter VH-IBF was noted completing powerline inspections also on Thursday 6 December.
And the visiting New South Wales Rural Fire Service (RFS) Aerospatiale AS.350B2 Squirrel helicopter VH-NFO "Firebird 200" continues its journey 'home' after its brief deployment, noted departing Port Macquarie for the South also on Thursday 6 December.
Sincere thanks to local photographer Russell P for allowing us to share his great photos!
All photos taken by Russell Prothero ©