Wings Over Illawarra 2017: Military Helicopter Statics

There were a number of Australian Defence Force helicopters on static display at Wings Over Illawarra 2017. These included from nearby HMAS Albatross (Naval Air Station Nowra) a Royal Australian Navy (RAN) 723 Squadron Bell 429 utility and training helicopter (3 have been in service since April 2012), a 816 Squadron Sikorsky S-70B-2 Seahawk all-weather, day/night operations, anti-submarine warfare helicopter (16 delivered between 1988 and 1989 to be replaced by the Sikorsky MH-60R “Romeo” Seahawk) and an 808 Squadron Eurocopter (Australian Aerospace) MRH-90 Taipan Multi-Role Helicopter (6 are used by the RAN from a pool of 46 shared with the Australian Army – the first entered in 2007).

The navy helicopters were joined by an Australian Army Aviation Sikorsky S-70A-9 Blackhawk helicopter from the 6th Aviation Regiment based in Holsworthy, NSW. 34 Blackhawks are currently in service (the first were delivered in 1988).

RAN Bell 429 utility and training helicopter at Wings Over Illawarra 2017
RAN Bell 429 utility and training helicopter at Wings Over Illawarra 2017

RAN Sikorsky S-70B-2 Seahawk anti-submarine warfare helicopter at Wings Over Illawarra 2017

RAN Sikorsky S-70B-2 Seahawk anti-submarine warfare helicopter at Wings Over Illawarra 2017

RAN Sikorsky S-70B-2 Seahawk anti-submarine warfare helicopter at Wings Over Illawarra 2017 816 Squadron Fighting Tigers
RAN 816 Squadron “Fighting Tigers” Sikorsky S-70B-2 Seahawk post show
RAN Sikorsky S-70B-2 Seahawk anti-submarine warfare helicopter at Wings Over Illawarra 2017 816 Squadron Fighting Tigers
RAN 816 Squadron Sikorsky S-70B-2 Seahawk post show
RAN Sikorsky S-70B-2 Seahawk anti-submarine warfare helicopter at Wings Over Illawarra 2017 816 Squadron Fighting Tigers
RAN 816 Squadron Sikorsky S-70B-2 Seahawk post show alongside its manufacturer stablemate the S-70A-9 Blackhawk operated by the Australian Army
Australian Army Aviation Sikorsky S-70A-9 Blackhawk at Wings Over Illawarra 2017
Swamped – Australian Army Aviation Sikorsky S-70A-9 Blackhawk at Wings Over Illawarra 2017
Australian Army Aviation Sikorsky S-70A-9 Blackhawk at Wings Over Illawarra 2017
A25-109 an Australian Army 6th Aviation Regiment Blackhawk is named “Aegis” (the power to protect, control or support)
Australian Army Aviation Sikorsky S-70A-9 Blackhawk at Wings Over Illawarra 2017
Australian Army Aviation Sikorsky S-70A-9 Blackhawk pre and post show
Royal Australian Navy MRH-90 Taipan Multi-Role Helicopter at Wings Over Illawarra 2017
Royal Australian Navy MRH-90 Taipan Multi-Role Helicopter at Wings Over Illawarra 2017
Royal Australian Navy MRH-90 Taipan Multi-Role Helicopter at Wings Over Illawarra 2017
Royal Australian Navy MRH-90 Taipan post show
Post show helicopter statics at Wings Over Illawarra 2017 in front of the HARS Museum Boeing 747
Post show helicopter statics at Wings Over Illawarra 2017 in front of the HARS Museum Boeing 747

In my next post I will show the entertaining RAN AS-350BA Squirrel Pairs Display Team flying performance at Wings Over Illawarra 2017.

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