Certainly interesting to note over the last couple of days that Australian Army NH Industries MRH-90 Multi-Role Helicopters operating out of the Oakey Army Aviation Centre have been completing airwork in the 'Southern' parts of Central Queensland. And on Tuesday 2 March, no less than four of the Army's Taipan helicopters were noted completing airwork, including missed approaches, at Chinchilla Airport.
A40-015 as "Monarch 73" flew from Oakey to Chinchilla Airport and then back but via Kingaroy.
A40-009 as "Saxon 48" did the same. Later, A40-009 returned to Chinchilla Airport from Oakey but as "Saxon 88" before returning back to Oakey again via Kingaroy.
And A40-022 as "Saxon 42" flew from Oakey to Warwick and then to Chinchilla Airport before returning to Oakey.
Of interest, the Oakey Army Aviation Centre (IATA: OKY, ICAO: YBOK) is situated approximately 3km from the town centre of Oakey. It provides a training establishment for Australian Army Aviation, and also hosts the Republic of Singapore Air Force's "Cougar" 126 Squadron. The Defence name for the facility is Swartz Barracks, named for prominent politician, Army Aviation advocate, and ex-POW Sir Reginald Swartz.
Part of the facilities at the Centre include The Australian Army Flying Museum which was reopened in September 2005 in new buildings on land adjacent to the Airport, after a grant was provided by the Australian Government. The purpose-built facility includes many historical aircraft tracing the history of the Aviation Corps in the Australian Army and back to the Australian Flying Corps during World War I.
Featured types in the collection of aircraft include Bell 47, Bell OH-58 Kiowa, GAF Nomad, Pilatus PC-6 Porter, and Cessna 180. The museum also maintains a significant collection of artefacts dating from the inception of the Army Flying Corps and WWI to the present day.
The Australian Army Flying Museum is a sub-unit of the Army History Unit, a direct command unit of the Australian Army Headquarters.