Monday, July 3, 2023

Helicorp (Toll) Leonardo S.P.A. Helicopters (Agusta) AW139 Helicopter VH-XIU Arrives into Rockhampton Airport as "Rescue 902"

Seemingly on a deployment to Rockhampton Airport for upcoming joint military exercises, on Monday 3 July, Helicorp (Toll) Leonardo S.P.A. Helicopters (Agusta) AW139 helicopter VH-XIU was spotted arriving from Townsville as "Rescue 902".

VH-XIU "Rescue 902" looks to be currently supporting Australian Army helicopter operations as it usually operates from the Army's Robertson Barracks in Darwin which is the home of 1st Aviation Regiment which operates Eurocopter Tiger attack helicopters.

Indeed over the weekend, VH-XIU "Rescue 902" flew over from Darwin to Townsville with as many as five Australian Army Eurocopter Tiger (ARH) Armed Reconnaissance Helicopters which all ferried across via RAAF Base Tindal and Mount Isa.

The Tigers remain at Mount Isa and in Townsville but are reportedly due to fly into Rockhampton Airport prior to the start of the upcoming joint military exercises.

Sincere thanks to local plane spotter Scott H for taking the time to capture and send through these great photos!

All photos taken by Scott Harris  ©️

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