Army Aviation Corps celebrates 50 years of flying
18 October 2018
The Australian Army Aviation Corps today marked 50 years since formation, celebrating with a ceremonial parade, flypast and a variety of displays at the Army Aviation Training Centre, in Oakey, Queensland.
In addition to the flypast in Oakey, simultaneous flypasts were held in Sydney, Townsville and Darwin.
Head of the Australian Army Aviation Corps, Brigadier Scott Benbow, said he was proud to join past and present personnel to mark this important milestone.
“Then and now, the Corps is committed to helping the Australian soldier fight, survive and win, and be ready to serve wherever needed,” Brigadier Benbow said.
“From a small Corps formed in 1968 flying light fixed-wing aircraft, the Australian Army Aviation Corps has grown to be an advanced, state-of-the-art force.
“Today, the Australian Army Aviation Corps flies a variety of capabilities, including the Tiger armed reconnaissance, Chinook medium lift and Taipan multi role helicopters.”
The commemorations also saw the final flight and retirement of the Army’s Bell 206B-1 Kiowa fleet after almost 47 years of service.
“Kiowa has been Army’s primary training helicopter since 1990, and every pilot, groundcrew member and maintainer who has served since that time has one thing in common – the Kiowa,” Brigadier Benbow said.
“The Kiowa fleet has provided stalwart service to the Army since 1971, whether on deployment, in disaster relief operations or as a training helicopter.
“All personnel, past and present, who have operated, maintained and supported the Kiowa can be proud of the part they have played in Army’s history.”
Further information on the Australian Army Aviation Corps is available at: https://www.army.gov.au/our-people/corps/australian-army-aviation-corps.
Imagery will be available at: http://images.defence.gov.au/S20183260