A retired UH-1H Iroquois helicopter was transported from Defence Establishment Orchard Hills to RAAF Base Richmond on 29 Jan 2020.
CAPTION: Retired UH-1H Iroquois helicopter A2-776 is trucked onto RAAF Base Richmond for storage en-route to its final destination in a RAAF heritage collection. Photo by Corporal David Said.
The Iroquois will be stored at RAAF Base Richmond with a view to eventually transferring it for display at a Royal Australian Air Force Heritage Centre.
Also known as a ‘Huey’ the Iroquois was built as a UH-1D and delivered as A2-766 directly to RAAF’s No. 9 Squadron in South Vietnam on 4 July 1968.
It was flown as a UH-1H ‘Bushranger’ gunship on operations in Vietnam, accumulating 3026.2 flight hours before returning to Australia in November 1971 on HMAS Sydney.
The aircraft later served with Aircraft Research and Development Unit before being handed over to the Australian Army in December 1989
Since retirement the aircraft has been stored at Orchard Hills and used as a training aid for armourers.