BELL 206B-1 KIOWA A17-012
MSN 44512

 

 


    Built by Bell Helicopter at Fort Worth, Texas. A17-012 was the last of an initial order of 12 Kiowas (A17-001 to A17-012) that were fully imported from the United States. Subsequent aircraft were produced by the Commonwealth Aircraft Corporation in Melbourne. (Source: 1)
22JAN72
  Photographed in the Bell Helicopter Australia hangar at Eagle Farm, Brisbane being assembled.
27JAN72
  Delivered to the Australian Army at Oakey, QLD. (Source: 1)
MAR72
  The 161st Reconnaissance Flight returned from Vietnam where they operated Bell OH-58 Kiowas leased from the US government. These aircraft were handed back to the Americans before the flight returned to Oakey, QLD where the flight later disbanded. (Source: 5)
DEC73
  The 161st Reconnaissance Flight reformed as the 161st Reconnaissance Squadron at Holsworthy, NSW. (Source: 5)
74
  A17-012 served with the 161st Reconnaissance Squadron at Holsworthy, NSW.
OCT88
  Appeared at the Bicentennial Airshow at Richmond. (Source: 1) The event was held during the period 12-16 October 1988.
20OCT88
  The aircraft was photographed at Oakey undergoing maintenance.
05NOV94
  The 161st Reconnaissance Squadron ceased operations at Luscombe Army Airfield, Holsworthy and commenced a relocation to RAAF Base Darwin. (Source: 4)
01MAR95
  The 161st Reconnaissance Squadron resumed operations at Darwin. (Source: 4)
01DEC05
  A17-012 noted in service with the 161st Reconnaissance Squadron at Darwin. (Source: 1)
05SEP07
  A contract to the value of of $110,654.23 was awarded to Helitech Pty Ltd, Pinkenba for an R2 Servicing on Kiowa A17-012. The contract period extended until 16JAN08. (Source: 2)
04JUL09
  The aircraft was on static display at the Wide Bay International Airshow in Bundaberg.
11
  A number of Kiowas were modified with the KNRP (Kiowa Navigation Rationalisation Project) digital cockpit configuration. As A17-012 was slated for retirement, it was not modified and retains the "Classic" instrument cockpit.
10JAN11
  Following heavy rains, a raging torrent of water swept through Toowoomba, Qld with the loss of several lives. Kiowa A17-012 was one of many aircraft used in subsequent flood relief work.
04JUL11
  A contract to the value of $35,823.73 was awarded to Helitech Division of Sikorsky for decommissioning Kiowa A17-012 for long term storage. The contract period extended until 30AUG11. (Source: 3)
16DEC16
  The Department of Defence issued Requests for Tender for 14 incomplete Kiowa helicopters.
26MAR17
  QAM submitted a tender for a Kiowa helicopter.
10JUL17
  Ownership of A17-012 was transferred to the Queensland Air Museum.
25AUG17
  Collected ex Damascus Barracks, Meeandah, Brisbane and trucked to Caloundra.
     

 


ISSUE
DATE
REMARKS
6
22SEP17
Added two images of the aircraft engaged in flood relief work at Toowoomba in JAN11. Thanks to Scott Williamson.
Image 1 Image 2
5
19SEP17
Added another image at the Wide Bay International Airshow in July 2009 thanks to Wal Nelowkin.
Added a recent image of the aircraft being reassembled.
4
26AUG17
Added three images of the arrival at Caloundra thanks to Nick Sayer.
3
25AUG17
Added an image thanks to Bob Livingstone. Also added the date of delivery to QAM.
2
20JUL17
Added an image of the aircraft at Oakey just several days after its appearance at the Bicentennial Air Show at Richmond in October 1988. Thanks to Trevor Bartlett.
1
11JUL17
Original issue.