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Bell UH-1H A2-296 At The Museum

Bell UH-1H A2-296 At The Museum

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By Mike Mirkovic

Delivered to the RAAF in November 1973 and was assigned to 35 Squadron in Townsville. Later it served with 5 Squadron at Fairbairn, Canberra and also on detachment to Pearce. Transferred to Army Aviation Corps between December 1989 and January 1990 and assigned to 171 Squadron, 1st Aviation Regiment at Oakey. Moved to A.R.D.U. at Edinburgh in August 2007, wearing dual Air Force and Army titles. Last flight was from Edinburgh to Archerfield on December 12, 2007.

It was then inhibited and moved to Damascus Barracks at Meeandah, Brisbane. Was allocated to RAAFA Aviation Heritage Museum of W.A. in 2012 and after about 18 months of wrangling, paper work and payments it finally left the barracks on 20 July, 2014 on a Goldstar Transport semi for the trip across the country. It finally arrived at the museum at Bull Creek on the morning of July 29 and was lifted off the truck by a crane from Fremantle Cranes onto it’s display area. During the day W.A. veterans from 9 Squadron, Col Hendly and Peter Robertson and museum workshop staff under Mal Sweetman assembled the main rotors and shaft. Next day, Mal gave it a good clean and removed the protection from the cockpit and cabin windows and cleaned the interior. It will be covered by a roof in it’s outdoor display area later this year. (Update - it is now displayed under a camouflage net per the last photo...Steve). 

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