Royal Australian Navy Eurocopter AS-350B Squirrel helicopters operated by 723 Squadron have been in operation since 1984 and are normally used in the lead in helicopter training role (earlier on they did fly off navy frigates in the surveillance and utility role). Every now and then though they put on a bit of a show.… Read More Wings Over Illawarra 2017: Squirrel Pairs Display Team
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… Read More Wings Over Illawarra 2017: Military Helicopter Statics
The newest asset in the Royal Australian Navy Fleet Air Arm is the Sikorsky MH-60R “Romeo” Seahawk (N48-009) all-weather, day/night operations, anti-submarine/anti-shipping helicopter which also has a secondary Search And Rescue role. Fitted with advanced avionics and weapons systems, it can carry Mk.54 anti-submarine torpedoes and Hellfire air-to-surface missiles. 24 are on order for operation from RAN… Read More Wings Over Illawarra 2017: RAN MH-60R “Romeo” Seahawk
I attended my first Open Cockpits and Family Fun Day at the South Australian Aviation Museum (SAAM) in Port Adelaide on Sunday April 9th, 2017 (it was good to get back to the museum as I hadn’t been there since 2011 and much had changed). What a fantastic event it was, with many of the museums… Read More South Australian Aviation Museum – Open Cockpits and Family Fun Day 2017 – Part I
Australian Defence Force (ADF) Showcase The 20 minute ADF Showcase component of the Avalon Australian International Airshow 2017 was a ripper! This flying display featured reconnaissance, suppression, attack and rescue defence operations with fighter jets, helicopters, maritime patrol and support aircraft to demonstrate the mixed capabilities and skills of a joint ADF task force. The number… Read More Australian International Airshow 2017 – Avalon’s ADF Showcase Part II
A Royal Australian Navy (RAN) Bell 429 training helicopter made an appearance at the 2016 Tyabb Airshow. 3 are operated by RAN No. 723 Squadron in Nowra, NSW and are used to maintain and develop the skills of junior Naval helicopter aircrew (delivered in April 2012). Junior aircrew initially conduct lead in training in the Eurocopter AS350BA Squirrel… Read More Royal Australian Navy Bell 429 Dust Off!