Wednesday, July 5, 2023

RAAF Search and Rescue (CHC Helicopters) Agusta AW139 Helicopter VH-SYV "Choppa 42" Arrives into Rockhampton Airport - Plus More!

On Wednesday 5 July, CHC Helicopters Australia / Lloyd Helicopters Agusta AW139 helicopter VH-SYV was noted arriving into Rockhampton Airport from Townsville.

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The normally Northern Territory-based rescue helicopter arrived as "Choppa 42" and has been in Townsville since mid-June operating in a support role for the Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) Exercise High Sierra 23-1 which has wrapped up this week.

UPDATE!  On Thursday 6 July, VH-SYV "Choppa 42" continued from Rockhampton Airport to RAAF Base Amberley.

Meanwhile, also on Wednesday 5 July, the visiting Helicorp (Toll) Leonardo S.P.A. Helicopters (Agusta) AW139 helicopter VH-XIU was noted completing a flight from Rockhampton Airport to Townsend Island as "Rescue 903" (due to a clerical error!) and then back via a circuit of the Rockhampton Base Hospital as "Rescue 902" (as it should be!).

Photo taken by Sid Mitchell  ©

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