BELL 206B-1 KIOWA A17-012 MSN 44512

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Built by Bell Helicopter at Fort Worth, Texas. A17-012 was the last of an initial order of 12 Kiowa Light Observation Helicopters (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)

Test flown by Bell Helicopter, Fort Worth, Texas. Total Time: 4:35 (Source: 6)

It was proposed that the Kiowa should be known in Australian service as the Kalkadoon in honour of an indigenous tribe. To this end, a ceremony was held in Kalkadoon Park in Mount Isa on 7 October 1972 when one of the last survivors of the Kalkadoon tribe bestowed the name on A17-007 and fixed a boomerang styled decal to the cockpit doors of the helicopter. This was part of a scheme introduced by Bob Katter (Senior) to recognise Army equipment with Australian names. Bob Katter was Federal Member for Kennedy and Minister for the Army in the McMahon government from February 1972 until the government's defeat in December 1972. Subsequently the Kalkadoon name never stuck and the aircraft retained the name Kiowa.

Aircraft Daily Log Card #1 was raised using a card pre-printed for Iroquois but with Iroquois crossed out and Kalkadoon hand-written in its place. Subsequent cards referred to the aircraft as
LOH Kalkadoon
Kiowa Kalkadoon
LOH 206B-1
and ultimately as just:
LOH
Identity Crisis

Photographed in the Bell Helicopter Australia hangar at Eagle Farm, Brisbane being assembled.

Test flown 1:40 hours by Bell Helicopter Australia at Brisbane Airport. (Source: 6)

Army acceptance flights 1:00 hour. (Source: 6)

Delivered to the Australian Army at Oakey, QLD. (Source: 1) Total Time: 7:40 (Source: 6)

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)

Compass swing at Runway 05 threshold Amberley. (Source:6)

Compass swing at Runway 33 threshold Lanefield, QLD. (Source: 6)

Aircraft allotted to 171 Air Cavalry Flight (Oakey). (Source: 6)

Compass swing at Holsworthy due engine change. (Source: 6)

Compass swing at Holsworthy due engine change. (Source: 6)

Hydraulic flush carried out at Canberra. Total Time: 318:30. (Source: 6)

Compass swing at Bankstown. (Source: 6)

Compass swing at Holsworthy. (Source: 6)

The 161st Reconnaissance Flight reformed as the 161st Reconnaissance Squadron at Holsworthy, NSW. (Source: 5)

A17-012 served with the 161st Reconnaissance Squadron at Holsworthy, NSW.

Compass swing at Holsworthy due engine change. (Source: 6)

Aircraft prepared for transportation. (Source: 6)

Aircraft placed in IF configuration. (Source: 6)

Ferry flight to CAC, Port Melbourne 3.9 hrs. (Source: 6)

Ferry flight to CAC, Port Melbourne 0.2 hrs. Total Time: 1197.9 (Source: 6)

Compass swing at Fisherman's Bend, Port Melbourne after mod from OH-58A to 206B1 Aust. (Source: 6)

Test flown for 1.5 hrs after retromodification from RAAF Spec Eng 163 to Spec Eng AC159. Total Time: 1200.0 (Source: 6)

Flown 2.0 hrs. Presumably ferry flight from CAC to Oakey. (Source: 6)

Flown 2.3 hrs. Presumably ferry flight from CAC to Oakey. (Source: 6)

Flown 5.1 hrs. Presumably ferry flight from CAC to Oakey. (Source: 6)

Compass swing at Pad White Oakey. (Source: 6)

Aircraft placed in long term storage at Oakey. Total Time: 1211.7 (Source: 6)

Test flown for 1.0 hr after long term storage. Total Time: 1212.7 (Source: 6)

Compass swing at Pad White Oakey due aircraft out of long term storage. (Source: 6)

Aircraft allotted to 171 Command & Liaison SQN, Oakey. (Source: 6)

Compass swing at Jondaryan due new RMI compass. (Source: 6)

Engine change. Completed 23MAY80. (Source: 6)

Aircraft repainted in camouflage. Total Time: 2173.6 (Source: 6)

Compass swing at Old Pad White Oakey. (Source: 6)

Aircraft was fitted with dual controls. Note: Dual controls were fitted and removed regularly as required. Similarly cargo hook, hoist, cargo platform and auxiliary fuel tank. (Source: 6)

Minor damage to front left quarter due tree strike. (Source: 6)

Aircraft was fitted with floats. Total Time: 2704.6 (Source: 6)

Floats removed. Total Time: 2714.0 (Source: 6)

Aircraft ferried (0.8 hrs) from Oakey to Bell Helicopter Australia, Eagle Farm for R3 service. Total Time: 3651.4 (Source: 6)

During R3 service, roof was removed, remanufactured and replaced. The forward lower cabin shell was replaced (remanufactured by Nordam, USA) (Source: 6)

Test flown by BHA (0.3) (Source: 6)

Compass swing at Brisbane Airport due major structural repairs. (Source: 6)

Test flown by BHA (1.1) (Source: 6)

Test flown by BHA (0.4) (Source: 6)

Allotted to 131 Supply BN for storage at 5 Base Workshop BN, Oakey. Total Time: 3653.2 (Source: 6)

Flown (1.0) (Source: 6)

Restored to CL 1. (Source: 6)

Ground run. SAR aircraft. (Source: 6)

R1 service and engine change. Total Time: 3776.2 (Source: 6)

Compass swing at Oakey due RMI compass change. (Source: 6)

Compass swing at Oakey due new standby compass fitted. (Source: 6)

Appeared at the Bicentennial Airshow at Richmond. (Source: 1)
The event was held during the period 12-16 October 1988.

Flown (0.5) (Source: 6)

Flown (2.5) (Source: 6)

Flown (6.6) (Source: 6)

Flown (1.0) (Source: 6)

Flown (5.2) (Source: 6)

The aircraft was photographed at Oakey undergoing maintenance.

Auxiliary tank removed. The log implies that the auxilliary tank was fitted on 19OCT88 which makes no sense. Presumably the tank was fitted sometime prior to the Bicentennial Airshow. (Source: 6)

Flown for 8 hours. Total Time: 4210.0. (This is the final entry on Card #100 received by QAM. Presumably from this point records were maintained electronically) (Source: 6)

The 161st Reconnaissance Squadron ceased operations at Luscombe Army Airfield, Holsworthy and commenced a relocation to RAAF Base Darwin. (Source: 4)

The 161st Reconnaissance Squadron resumed operations at Darwin. (Source: 4)

Compass swing at Oakey due (unspecified) modification. (Source: 6)

Total Time: 6922.1 hours.

Compass swing at Fairbairn, Canberra due tail boom change. (Source: 6)

A17-012 noted in service with the 161st Reconnaissance Squadron at Darwin. (Source: 1)

Compass swing at Townsville due standby compass replacement. (Source: 6)

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)

Compass swing at Brisbane due directional gyro replaced and R2 service. (Source: 6)

Compass swing at Oakey due rear compartment floor change. (Source: 6)

The aircraft was on static display at the Wide Bay International Airshow in Bundaberg.

Compass swing at Oakey due Mod 250 and tail boom change. (Last entry in compass log). (Source: 6)

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.

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.

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)

The Department of Defence issued Requests for Tender for 14 incomplete Kiowa helicopters.

QAM submitted a tender for a Kiowa helicopter.

Ownership of A17-012 was transferred to the Queensland Air Museum.

Collected ex Damascus Barracks, Meeandah, Brisbane and trucked to Caloundra.

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Sources

5

Eather, Steve. 1995, Flying Squadrons of the Australian Defence Force, Aerospace Publications.

6

Aircraft Daily Log Form EE511 and Compass Log Book for A17-012 held by QAM.

Remarks

Added an image of the helicopter being fitted with rotor blades. Thanks to Angelo Calleja.

Issue: 09

DATE: 29 MAR 18

Major revision from the aircraft logs shown as Source: 6.

Issue: 08

DATE: 02 MAR 18

Added total time at 04MAY01 thanks to Stewart Kedar.

Issue: 07

DATE: 22 DEC 17

Added two images of the aircraft engaged in flood relief work at Toowoomba in JAN11. Thanks to Scott Williamson.

Issue: 06

DATE: 22 SEP 17

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.

Issue: 05

DATE: 19 SEP 17

Added three images of the arrival at Caloundra thanks to Nick Sayer.

Issue: 04

DATE: 26 AUG 17

Added an image thanks to Bob Livingstone. Also added the date of delivery to QAM.

Issue: 03

DATE: 25 AUG 17

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.

Issue: 02

DATE: 20 JUL 17

Original issue.

Issue: 01

DATE: 11 JUL 17

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