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UH-1H A2-649
Army Gunship


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Bell UH-1H A2-649 “Bushranger”

A2-649 was delivered to the RAAF on 9 May, 1967 as a UH-1D. It was upgraded to a UH-1H model and forwarded to 9 Squadron at Nui Dat, for service in Vietnam.Overseas deployments were to become a prominent feature of 649's service life. It was one of four RAAF Iroquois helicopters sent to Egypt as part of the United Nations Second Emergency Force (UNEF-II), monitoring a ceasefire between Egypt and Israel at Ismailia 1976-1979. It was sent to the Middle East again from 25 April 1982 to 17 March 1986. This time it served in the Sinai with the Multinational Force and Observers (MFO). Eight RAAF Iroquois', including A2-649, were loaded aboard HMAS Tobruk in Brisbane on June 16, 1982 for yet another stint in the Middle East. The Australian group, known as ACMFO (Australian Contingent to Multinational Forces and Observers), was based at El Gorah, Sinai, until 1986. Between April 1998 and July 2007, A2-649 completed several tours of duty with the Peace Monitoring Group, Bougainville in Papua New Guinea. After the handover of all RAAF rotary-wing assets to Army control in 1989-1990, A2-649 served with Service 171 Operational Support Squadron - 1st Aviation Regiment and B Squadron - 5th Aviation Regiment. It was retired from service in 2007 and is now on display at the Museum of Australian Army Flying, Oakey..

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