BELL UH-1H IROQUOIS A2-310 C/N 13310

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QAM thanks Peter Graves for funding the purchase of this aircraft.

Issued US serial 72-21611. (Source: 1)

RAAF Log Book opened at 6.05 hours test flying by Bell Helicopter Company. (Source: 2)
A2-310 was the last Iroquois delivered to the RAAF.

Allotted from RAAF Washington to 3AD Amberley. (Source: 2)

Allotted to 5SQN, Fairbairn, ACT. (Source: 2)

While operating with 5SQN in PNG, A2-310 participated in the search for Iroquois A2-383 (9SQN) which crashed at Mt Bosavi (8,000 feet AMSL). A2-279 (9SQN) was first to reach the crash site but bad weather precluded a rescue. The crew of A2-383 spent the night on the mountain top while A2-279 and A2-310 overnighted at Bosavi Mission. (Source: 3)

The crew from A2-383 were rescued at 0630 and attended to by a doctor at the mission. They were then flown to Nomad River to join a Caribou to Goroka. A2-310 and crew returned to Mount Hagen. (Source: 3)

Allotted to 35SQN, Townsville, QLD. Total Time (all at 5SQN): 1364.0 hrs. (Source: 2)

Allotted to 9SQN, Amberley, QLD for D service and repaint at 3AD. Total Time: 1501.3 hrs. (Source: 2)

Allotted to 35SQN. (Source: 2)

Allotted to 5SQN. Total Time: 1561.6 hrs. (Source: 2)

Ferry time from 5SQN to 9SQN (4.0 hrs). (Source: 2)

Ferry time from 5SQN to 9SQN (1.9 hrs). Total Time: 2648.1 hrs. (Source: 2)

Allotted to 5SQN. Total Time: 2740.9 hrs. (Source: 2)

Allotted to 35SQN. Total Time: 3521.4 hrs. (Source: 2)

Allotted to 9SQN. Total Time: 3737.0 hrs. (Source: 2)

Allotted to 3AD. Total Time: 3744.2 hrs. (Source: 2)

Allotted to 9SQN. Total Time: 3747.5 hrs. (Source: 2)

Maintenance records transferred from manual cards to computer system CAMM. (Source: 2)

Allotted to 35SQN. Total Time: 4129.3 hrs. (Source: 2)

New Owning Unit: MISCOPUNITS. (Source: 2)

New Owning Unit: 35SQN. Total Time: 4240.8 hrs. (Source: 2)

Frequent movements between 35SQN and MISCOPUNITS and v v. (Source: 2)

New Owning Unit: 9SQN ("permanently"). Total Time: 4905.7 hrs. (Source: 2)

New Owning Unit: 35SQN. Total Time: 5029.3 hrs. (Source: 2)

Transferred from 35SQN to 9SQN. Total Time: 5086.3 hrs. (Source: 2)

Transferred from 9SQN to 5SQN via HQS. Total Time: 5120.3 hrs. (Source: 2)

Transferred to 9SQN. Total Time: 5195.3 hrs. (Source: 2)

New Owning Unit: 3AD. (Source: 2)

Allotted to 35SQN. Total Time: 5502.1 hrs. (Source: 2)

Allotted to Hawker Pacific, Cairns. Total Time: 5509.1 hrs. (Source: 2)

Aircraft painted by Hawker Pacific, Cairns. (Source: 2)

Aircraft received at 35SQN, Townsville, QLD from Hawker Pacific, Cairns. Total Time: 5521.1 hrs. (Source: 2)

Transferred to Army 5 Aviation Regiment. Total Time: 5735.1 hrs. (Source: 2)

New Owning Unit: 5th Aviation Regiment BSQN, Townsville, QLD. Total Time: 5776.5 hrs. (Source: 2)

New Owning Unit: 171SQN, Oakey, QLD. Total Time: 5782.7 hrs. (Source: 2)

To 3AD, Amberley. Total Time: 5801.3 hrs. (Source: 2)

Returned to 171SQN. Total Time: 5803.8 hrs. (Source: 2)

CAMM Program Oakey System Initialisation. (Source: 2)

New Owning Unit: School of Army Aviation (SAA) Oakey. Total Time: 5899.3 hrs. (Source: 2)

Static display at RAAF Richmond. (Source: 1)

New Owning Unit: 3AD, Amberley. Total Time: 6087.4 hrs. (Source: 2)

New Owning Unit: School of Army Aviation. Total Time: 6091.0 hrs. (Source: 2)

Allotted to Hunter Aviation for R3 service. Total Time: 6379.5 hrs. (Source: 2)

New Owning Unit: School of Army Aviation. Total Time: 6387.4 hrs. (Source: 2)

Allotted to Hunter Aviation for R3 service. Total Time: 6677.9 hrs. (Source: 2)

New Owning Unit: 171SQN. Total Time: 6680.2 hrs. (Source: 2)

The aircraft has flown 30 hours in desert/dusty conditions. (Source: 2)

Allotted to Hunter Aviation for R4 service. Total Time: 6934.3 hrs. (Source: 2)

New Owning Unit: 171SQN. Total Time: 6937.4 hrs. (Source: 2)

New Owning Unit: LOG Oakey. Total Time: 6969.1 hrs. (Source: 2)

New Owning Unit: School of Army Aviation. Total Time: 6970.6 hrs. (Source: 2)

Loan to 171SQN. Total Time: 7024.1 hrs. (Source: 2)

New Owning Unit: 171SQN. Total Time: 7178.0 hrs. (Source: 2)

New Owning Unit: School of Army Aviation. Total Time: 7179.8 hrs. (Source: 2)

Allotted to Hunter Aviation for R3 service. Total Time: 7222.9 hrs. (Source: 2)

New Owning Unit: 171SQN. Total Time: 7226.3 hrs. (Source: 2)

Allotted to Hunter Aviation for R3 service. Total Time: 7487.0 hrs. (Source: 2)

New Owning Unit: School of Army Aviation. Total Time: 7494.1 hrs. (Source: 2)

New Owning Unit:171SQN. Total Time: 7564.3 hrs. (Source: 2)

Operation "Bel Isi" paint scheme carried out. (Source: 2)
Served with the Peace Monitoring Group on Operation "Bel Isi" in Bougainville from APR98 to JUL01. For this deployment, the aircraft was painted overall International Orange to distinguish the Australian PMG Iroquois from those operated by the PNGDF.

Prototype and initial fleet installation of Crash Position Indicator. Total Time: 7569.9 hrs. (Source: 2)

Aircraft did not fly again until 23APR98 so this period probably represents a sea voyage to Bougainville. (Source: 2)

Ferry flight to airstrip for C-130 load (ex Bougainville). (Source: 2)

Allotted to Hunter Aviation for R3 service ex Operation "Bel Isi". Total Time: 7785.9 hrs. (Source: 2)

New Owning Unit: 171SQN. Allotted to Operation "Bel Isi". Total Time: 7791.5 hrs. (Source: 2)

Allotted to Hunter Aviation ex Operation "Bel Isi". Total Time: 8085.8 hrs. (Source: 2)

Transferred from Hunter Aviation to New Owning Unit: 171SQN. Total Time: 8088.1 hrs. (Source: 2)

Allotted to Hunter Aviation. Total Time: 8459.3 hrs. (Source: 2)

Transferred from Hunter Aviation to New Owning Unit: 171SQN. Total Time: 8463.4 hrs. (Source: 2)

It is not stated in the log books when the aircraft next returned to Australia for servicing but it is believed that it was on or about this date. An R3 service was completed on 15MAY00. Total Time: 8827.6 hrs. (Source: 2)

Transit flight from R3 service to 171SQN. Total Time: 8830.3 hrs. (Source: 2)

Total Time: 9439.6 hrs. Not flown again until 03AUG01. (Source: 2)

Departed Bougainville on board HMAS Kanimbla (L 51). The aircraft was one of the first three Iroquois to be landed on Kanimbla after its commissioning in 1999. (Source: 1)

HMAS Kanimbla was expected to arrive Townsville on this date. This completed three and a half years service for No 171 Operational Support Squadron, 1st Aviation Regiment which flew a total of 8229.5 hours with Iroquois while deployed to Bougainville on Operation "Bel Isi".(Source: 1)

Allotted to Hunter Aviation. Total Time: 9529.6 hrs. During this service the aircraft was repainted in standard colours. (Source: 2)

New Owning Unit: 171SQN. Total Time: 9533.2 hrs. (Source: 2)

Allotted to New Owning Unit: School of Army Aviation. Total Time: 9766.7 hrs. (Source: 2)

Attended an airshow at Toowoomba.

Allotted from BAE Archerfield to A SQN after R3 service. (Source: 2)

Total Time: 10214.8 hrs. (Source: 2)

Flown for 1.5 hrs. Total Time: 10242.7 hrs. Not flown again until 03MAY07. (Source: 2)

Allotted from A SQN for transportation by road to BAE Archerfield for R3 service. (Source: 2)

Aircraft weighed: 5722.5 kg. (Source: 2)

Flown for 0.5 hrs. Total Time: 10243.2 hrs. (Source: 2)

Inspection and Test Certificate issued by BAE Systems, Archerfield following R3 service. (Source: 2)

Letter of Authority from Defence Materiel Organisation to 5 Aviation Regiment 1TP, Oakey to draw down from service A2-310 and prepare the aircraft for road movement for placement into intermediate term storage. (Source: 2)

Participated with A2-489 and A2-703 in a farewell flypast over Brisbane. (Source: 1)
Flown for 2.5 hours. Pilot: Wheeler. Total Time on retirement: 10376.6 hours. (Source: 2)

Aircraft allotted from 5 AVN 1TP for transportation by road to BAE Systems Archerfield for preparation for storage at Damascus Barracks, Meeandah. (Source: 2)

Preservation service by BAE Systems. (Source: 2)

Preservation service by BAE Systems. (Source: 2)

The Minister for Defence Materiel, Jason Clare, announced a request for offers on six Iroquois.

QAM submitted an offer for an Iroquois.

Verbal advice from DMO that an aircraft had been allocated to QAM

Verbal advice from DMO that A2-310 had been allocated to QAM. Delivery is expected early in 2013.

Delivered to QAM at Caloundra.

Reassembled in Hangar 2.

Compiled by Ron Cuskelly
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Sources

1

www.adf-serials.com

2

Aircraft records held by QAM.

3

NAA, Series A9186, Operations Record Book, No 9 Sqn DEC71-JUL68.

Remarks

Added an new image thanks to Tony Brady.

Issue: 14

DATE: 24 AUG 19

Added a reference to a rescue in PNG on 28/29SEP74.

Issue: 13

DATE: 28 DEC 18

Added an image of the aircraft in RAAF service in 1987 thanks to Daniel Tanner.

Issue: 12

DATE: 16 OCT 18

Added a reference to the aircraft attending an airshow at Toowoomba in OCT04.

Issue: 11

DATE: 15 FEB 18

Added four Defence images.

Issue: 10

DATE: 10 DEC 17

Added two images of the aircraft as an RAAF gunship. Thanks to Kym Manuel. Added a recent image of the aircraft in the sunshine

Issue: 09

DATE: 18 SEP 17

Added seven Defence images.

Issue: 08

DATE: 22 NOV 15

Added an image of the aircraft on Bougainville thanks to David Worthington.

Issue: 07

DATE: 24 MAY 15

Added an image of the aircraft being reassembled.

Issue: 06

DATE: 01 JUL 14

Added two images of the aircraft being reassembled.

Issue: 05

DATE: 27 MAY 14

Updated from aircraft records held by QAM.

Issue: 04

DATE: 24 MAY 14

Delivered to QAM at Caloundra.

Issue: 03

DATE: 20 MAY 14

Added an image of A2-310 in RAAF markings.

Issue: 02

DATE: 25 JAN 13

Original issue.

Issue: 01

DATE: 26 OCT 12

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