The Army has marked the end of S-70A-9 Black Hawk operations from Townsville with a flyover of the northern Queensland city they have called home for the last 25 years.
Six Black Hawks and three examples of the helicopter it is being replaced by, the MRH 90 Taipan, flew over Townsville on Monday.
Black Hawks have been based at RAAF Base Townsville since late 1988, initially briefly operated by the RAAF’s 9SQN, which had relocated there from Amberley, before in early 1989 the battlefield helicopter role was transferred to the Army’s 5th Aviation Regiment.
The Black Hawks of B Squadron, 5 Aviation Regiment are being replaced by the MRH 90, with the Black Hawks in turn being transferred to 6th Aviation Regiment based at Holsworthy near Sydney. 5 Aviation Regt’s A Squadron has already relinquished its Black Hawks for MRH 90s.
For just $59.95 a year, you can keep up to date with the very best of Australian Aviation each month, directly via our app! Our app is available on mobile, tablet and PC devices. So what are you waiting for? Go digital with Australian Aviation and read up on all missed special coverage, exclusive photos and editions. Subscribe now at australianaviation.com.au.