The Australian Army (AA) Aviation Corps retired its fleet of Bell 206B-1 Kiowa helicopters during an 18 October ceremony to mark the 50th anniversary of the corps’ formation.
The Kiowa, which was in service with the AA for almost 47 years, flew for the last time during a fly past and a variety of displays with platforms such as Black Hawk helicopters, that were held that same day at the Army Aviation Training Centre in Oakey, Queensland, as well as in Sydney, Townsville, and Darwin.
“The Kiowa fleet has provided stalwart service to the army since 1971, whether on deployment, in disaster relief operations or as a training helicopter,” Brigadier Scott Benbow, the head of the Australian Army Aviation Corps was quoted as saying in a statement issued by the Department of Defence in Canberra.
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