Friday, November 27, 2020

More Bushfire Fighting Aircraft and Helicopters Operate from Rockhampton Airport to Nearby Berserker Ranges

As a bushfire in the Southern corner of Berserker Ranges continued on Friday 27 November, some more fire fighting aircraft and helicopters were noted operating around and out of Rockhampton Airport.

Rockhampton-based Stirling Helicopters Eurocopter AS.350BA Squirrel VH-WHW "Firebird 421" was heard to battle the fire all day taking to the air early in the morning.

UPDATE!  After seemingly returning to Rockhampton Airport the previous day, on Saturday 28 November, VH-WHW "Firebird 421" departed to Gladstone Airport. 

Fellow Stirling Helicopters Bell Helicopter Textron Canada 407 VH-IBF "Firebird 423" was noted arriving into Rockhampton Airport but is believed not to have fought the fire.

Also Rockhampton-based R-Mach Aviation Ayres S2R Turbine Thrush VH-NFF "Bomber 407" operated to the local fire from and back to Rockhampton Airport all throughout the afternoon.

And Kennedy Aviation North American Rockwell 500S VH-XAS as "Birddog 444" arrived to the fire area during the afternoon from Toowoomba and Bundaberg Airports.  After a couple of hours work it left the local area and landed back at Bundaberg Airport.

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