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Blackhawk A25-209
 Oakey 
23rd May 1990
Photo Doug Mackay

 
     

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History

A25-101 70-1067 0854 11/09/87 - first flight. Built in Stratford, CT and delivered direct to the RAAF.
31/12/87 - Delivered to No 9 Sqn RAAF.
10/10/88 - RAAF Amberley QLD - in service with No 9 Sqn RAAF.
15/02/89 - Transferred from RAAF to "A" Sqn, 5 Avn Regt.
07/03/02 - Bundaberg QLD - in service with 5 Avn Rgt.
03/10/04 - RAAF Amberley QLD.
10/11/05 - RAAF Townsville QLD - undergoing major service or modifications.
08/2014 - All remaining Black Hawk operations transferred to 6th Aviation Regiment based at Holsworthy, NSW
10/12/2015 - Canberra Airport ADFA Flypast

Named "Pegasus"

Highlight for Album: Blackhawk A25-101

A25-102

70-1089 0876 10/04/88 - first flight.
11/05/88 - Delivered to No 9 Sqn RAAF.
15/02/89 - Transferred from RAAF to "A" Sqn, 5 Avn Regt.
03/08/98 - RAAF Townsville QLD in service with "A" Sqn, 5 Avn Rgt.
12/02/03 - Avalon VIC Airshow in service with 1 Avn Rgt.
10/11/05 - Oakey QLD - Army Aviation Centre.
22/10/06 - RAAF Richmond NSW Airshow.
08/2014 - All remaining Black Hawk operations transferred to 6th Aviation Regiment based at Holsworthy, NSW

Named "Arion"

Highlight for Album: Blackhawk A25-102

A25-103

70-1107 0894 20/09/88 - first flight.
05/10/88 - Delivered to No 9 Sqn RAAF.
13/10/88 - RAAF Richmond NSW Bicentennial Airshow in service with No 9 Sqn RAAF.
15/02/89 - Transferred from RAAF to "A" Sqn, 5 Avn Regt.
10/05/99 - RAAF Pearce W A in service with 5 Avn Rgt.
1999/2000 - Operated in East Timor.
07/03/02 - Bundaberg QLD.
10/11/05 - RAAF Townsville QLD - undergoing major service or modification.
27/05/08 - Timor Leste in service with 5 Avn Rgt.
30/07/09 - Timor Leste.
08/2014 - All remaining Black Hawk operations transferred to 6th Aviation Regiment based at Holsworthy, NSW

Named "Armageddon"

Highlight for Album: Blackhawk A25-103

A25-104

70-1115 0902 13/07/88 - first flight.
30/07/88 - Delivered to No 9 Sqn RAAF.
13/10/88 - RAAF Richmond NSW Bicentennial Airshow in service with No 9 Sqn RAAF.
15/02/89 - Transferred from RAAF to "A" Sqn, 5 Avn Regt.
20/02/93 - RAAF Pearce W A in service with 5 Avn Rgt.
14/10/98 - Bundaberg QLD.
10/11/05 - Oakey QLD - Army Aviation Training Centre.
08/2014 - All remaining Black Hawk operations transferred to 6th Aviation Regiment based at Holsworthy, NSW

Named "Rampage"

Highlight for Album: Blackhawk A25-104

A25-105

70-1123 0910 31/08/88 - Delivered to No 9 Sqn RAAF.
13/10/88 - RAAF Richmond NSW Bicentennial Airshow in service with No 9 Sqn RAAF.
15/02/89 - Transferred from RAAF to "A" Sqn, 5 Avn Regt.
10/05/99 - RAAF Pearce W A in service with 5 Avn Rgt.
2000 - Embarked aboard HMAS Tobruk during Peacekeeping operations in the Solomons.
07/03/02 - Bundaberg QLD.
10/11/05 - RAAF Townsville QLD - undergoing major service or modification.
09/04/07 - East Timor.
08/2014 - All remaining Black Hawk operations transferred to 6th Aviation Regiment based at Holsworthy, NSW

Named "Dauntless"

Highlight for Album: Blackhawk A25-105

A25-106

70-1127 0914 18/11/88 - Delivered to No 9 Sqn RAAF.
15/02/89 - Transferred from RAAF to "A" Sqn, 5 Avn Regt.
15/02/01 - Avalon VIC Airshow in service with "A" Sqn, 5 Avn Rgt.
07/03/02 - Bundaberg QLD.
10/11/05 - RAAF Townsville QLD in service with 171 Sqn, 5 Avn Rgt.
11/06/06 - Dili Airport, East Timor.
10/06/07 - Operation "Talisman Sabre".
08/2014 - All remaining Black Hawk operations transferred to 6th Aviation Regiment based at Holsworthy, NSW

Named "Lancer"

Highlight for Album: Blackhawk A25-106

A25-107

70-1135 0921 06/12/88 - first flight.
19/12/88 - Delivered to No 9 Sqn RAAF.
15/02/89 - Transferred from RAAF to "A" Sqn, 5 Avn Regt.
13/07/89 - Manbullo N T - in service with "A" Sqn, 5 Avn Rgt.
10/07/01 - RAAF Amberley QLD.
10/11/05 - RAAF Townsville QLD in service with 171 Sqn, 5 Avn Rgt.
21/10/06 - Bankstown NSW. 18/03/09 - RAAF Point Cook VIC.
24/07/09 - Williamson Airfield QLD (Shoalwater Bay Training Area) during Exercise Talisman Sabre.
08/2014 - All remaining Black Hawk operations transferred to 6th Aviation Regiment based at Holsworthy, NSW

Named "Formidable"

Highlight for Album: Blackhawk A25-107

A25-108

70-1140 926 13/01/89 - first flight.
27/01/89 - Delivered to No 9 Sqn RAAF.
Last airframe to be delivered to RAAF as subsequent deliveries were made direct to the Army.
15/02/89 - Transferred from RAAF to "A" Sqn, 5 Avn Regt.
13/07/89 - Manbullo N T in service with "A" Sqn, 5 Avn Rgt.
10/11/05 - RAAF Townsville QLD in service with 171 Sqn, 5 Avn Rgt.
21/09/07 - Swanbourne Barracks WA-for 50th Anniversary celebrations of the S A S.
22/10/06 - RAAF Richmond NSW Airshow.
22/07/08 - Timor Leste - deployed on Operation Astute as part of the Timor-Leste Aviation Group (TLAG).
08/2014 - All remaining Black Hawk operations transferred to 6th Aviation Regiment based at Holsworthy, NSW
10/12/2015 - Transit through Evans Head, NSW

Named "Vigilance"

Highlight for Album: Blackhawk A25-108

A25-109

70-1144 0930 12/02/89 - first flight.
26/02/89 - Delivered to 5 Avn Regt.
25/07/99 - Bundaberg QLD in service with 5 Avn Rgt.
10/11/05 - Oakey QLD - Army Aviation Training Centre.
06/07 - Operation "Talisman Sabre".
08/2014 - All remaining Black Hawk operations transferred to 6th Aviation Regiment based at Holsworthy, NSW
10/12/2015 - Canberra Airport ADFA Flypast

Named "Aegis"

Highlight for Album: Blackhawk A25-109

A25-110

70-1146 0932 12/03/89 - first flight.
31/03/89 - Delivered to 5 Avn Regt.
10/07/01 - Oakey QLD - in service with the School of Army Aviation.
08/08/02 - RAAF Amberley QLD.
12/03/05 - Avalon VIC Airshow.
10/11/05 - RAAF Townsville QLD in service with "B" Sqn, 5 Avn Rgt.
27/09/09 - RAAF Townsville QLD.
08/2014 - All remaining Black Hawk operations transferred to 6th Aviation Regiment based at Holsworthy, NSW

Named "Apocalypse"

Highlight for Album: Blackhawk A25-110

A25-111

70-1160 0946 12/04/89 - first flight
30/04/89 - Delivered to 5 Avn Regt
20/02/93 - Swanbourne W A ; S A S Barracks.
07/07/99 - Oakey QLD - in service with 5 Avn Rgt.
15/02/01 - Avalon VIC Airshow in service with "A" Sqn, 5 Avn Rgt.
08/07/01 - Oakey QLD - in service with School of Army Aviation.
07/03/02 - Bundaberg QLD.
24/03/05 - Avalon VIC Airshow in service with "B" Sqn, 5 Avn Rgt.
10/11/05 - RAAF Townsville QLD in service with 171 Sqn, 5 Avn Rgt.
10/06/07 - Operation "Talisman Sabre".
08/2014 - All remaining Black Hawk operations transferred to 6th Aviation Regiment based at Holsworthy, NSW

Named "Barbarian"

Highlight for Album: Blackhawk A25-111

A25-112

70-1172 0958 20/05/89 - first flight.
27/05/89- Delivered to 5 Avn Regt
13/07/89 - Manbullo N T - in service with "A" Sqn, 5 Avn Rgt.
10/07/01 - RAAF Amberley QLD.
11/05 - RAAF Townsville QLD in service with 171 Sqn, 5 Avn Rgt.
22/02/06 - Muzafferbad, Pakistan during humanitarian duties following an earthquake in October 2005. An Australian Flag was painted on the Starboard engine intake and a yellow boxing Kangaroo wearing red gloves also painted on the Starboard cockpit door.
21/10/06 - Bankstown NSW.
12/11/06 - embarked aboard HMAS Kanimbla during Peacekeeping duties off Fiji.
21/03/07 - Avalon VIC Airshow
20/11/2009 - Noted with 6th Aviation Regiment on counter terrorism exercise Brisbane CBD
08/2014 - All remaining
Black Hawk operations transferred to 6th Aviation Regiment based at Holsworthy, NSW

Named "Saracen"
 

Highlight for Album: Blackhawk A25-112

A25-113

70-1178 0964 21/06/89 - first flight.
30/06/89 - Delivered to 5 Avn Regt.
12/06/96 - Crashed after mid air collision at night with A25-209 near Townsville.
Fifteen members of the SASR and three from the 5th Aviation Regiment lost their lives in the accident. (see names of those lost below)
Fourteen personnel were later officially recognised for their part in the rescue and evacuation operation.
 

Highlight for Album: Blackhawk A25-113

A25-114

70-1186 0972 18/07/89 - first flight.
28/07/89 - Delivered to 5 Avn Regt.
03/11/98 - Essendon VIC - in service with "A" Sqn, 5 Avn Rgt.
06/00 - hit concrete blocks whilst landing causing extensive damage to the rotor blades.
08/07/01 - Oakey QLD - in service with School of Army Aviation.
08/03/02 - Bundaberg QLD - in service with 5 Avn Rgt.
03/10/04 - RAAF Amberley QLD Airshow.
10/11/05 - Oakey QLD - Army Aviation Training Centre.
27/09/09 - RAAF Townsville QLD.
08/2014 - All remaining Black Hawk operations transferred to 6th Aviation Regiment based at Holsworthy, NSW

Named "Cossack"

Highlight for Album: Blackhawk A25-114.

A25-201

70-1292 1078 Built in Stanford, CT and retained in the USA for various tests before being delivered to the Army.
25/05/91- Delivered to 5 Avn Regt

10/91 - Nowra NSW - in service with 5 Avn Rgt.
17/12/98 - RAAF Edinburgh S A - in service with RAAF ARDU.
15/11/05 - RAAF Edinburgh S A - still in service with RAAF ARDU.
30/09/09 - Oakey QLD
08/2014 - All remaining Black Hawk operations transferred to 6th Aviation Regiment based at Holsworthy, NSW

Named "Hercules"

Highlight for Album: Blackhawk A25-201

A25-202

70-1299 1085 29/08/89 - Delivered to 5 Avn Regt.
03/08/98 - RAAF Townsville QLD - in service with "B" Sqn, 5 Avn Rgt.
08/07/01 - Oakey QLD - in service with the School of Army Aviation.
10/11/05 - Townsville QLD - in service with 171 Sqn, 5 Avn Rgt.
04/10/08 - RAAF Amberley QLD.
22/08/09 - Landing aboard HMAS Kanimbla during Exercise Olgeta Warrior with PNG forces.
20/11/2009 - Noted with 6th Aviation Regiment on counter terrorism exercise Brisbane CBD
08/2014 - All remaining Black Hawk operations transferred to 6th Aviation Regiment based at Holsworthy, NSW

Named "Vengeance"

Highlight for Album: Blackhawk A25-202

A25-203

70-1309 1095 14/09/89 - first flight.
21/09/89 - Delivered to 5 Avn Regt.
25/07/99 - Bundaberg QLD - 5 Avn Rgt.
07/03/02 - Bundaberg QLD - 5 Avn Rgt.
10/11/05 - Townsville QLD - 171 Sqn, 5 Avn Rgt.
21/10/06 - RAAF Richmond NSW Airshow.
7/08/07 - Sydney NSW - several missions during anti terrorism exercises.
22/07/08 - Timor Leste - deployed on Operation Astute as part of the Timor-Leste Aviation Group (TLAG).
22/10/08 - Operating off HMAS Manoora during Operation Sea Lion 08 near Townsville.
14/06/09 - Timor Leste.
7/07/09 - Timor Leste ; being loaded aboard a C17A returning to Australia.
27/09/09 - RAAF Townsville QLD.
08/2014 - All remaining Black Hawk operations transferred to 6th Aviation Regiment based at Holsworthy, NSW

Named "Endeavour"

Highlight for Album: Blackhawk A25-203

A25-204

70-1321 1107 05/10/89 - first flight.
13/10/89- Delivered to 5 Avn Regt
21/10/92 - Avalon VIC Airshow - 5 Avn Rgt.
25/07/99 - Bundaberg QLD - 5 Avn Rgt.
24/02/02 - Bundaberg QLD - 5 Avn Rgt.
10/11/05 - RAAF Townsville QLD - "B" Sqn, 5 Avn Rgt.
30/11/11 -
made a precautionary landing at Headen Park Thornleigh, NSW, repaired on-site and departed 03/12/11
31/03/14 Reports that it had retired after a final flight at Oakey appear to be premature, it is still flying as of 4/02/15
08/2014 - All remaining Black Hawk operations transferred to 6th Aviation Regiment based at Holsworthy, NSW

Named "Warhorse"

Highlight for Album: Blackhawk A25-204

A25-205

70-1324 1110 28/10/89 - first flight.
03/11/89- Delivered to 5 Avn Regt
08/09/99 - Bundaberg QLD - 5 Avn Rgt.
07/01 - Oakey QLD - School of Army Aviation.
04/04/02 - Coolangatta QLD.
00/11/05 - RAAF Townsville QLD - undergoing major service or modifications.
18/03/09 - RAAF Point Cook VIC.
27/09/09 - RAAF Townsville QLD.
08/2014 - All remainin
g Black Hawk operations transferred to 6th Aviation Regiment based at Holsworthy, NSW

Named "Raptor"

Highlight for Album: Blackhawk A25-205

A25-206

70-1332 1118 14/11/89 - first flight.
22/11/89- Delivered to 5 Avn Regt
12/11/94 - RAAF Edinburgh S A - RAAF ARDU.
16/03/96 - RAAF Edinburgh S A - still in service with RAAF ARDU.
17/05/98 - RAAF Pearce W A - 5 Avn Rgt.
10/11/05 RAAF Townsville QLD - "B" Sqn, 5 Avn Rgt.
22/07/08 - Timor Leste - deployed on Operation Astute as part of the Timor-Leste Aviation Group (TLAG). 28/03/09 - Timor Leste.
22/08/09 - landing aboard HMAS Kanimbla during Exercise Olgeta Warrior with PNG forces.
27/09/09 - RAAF Townsville QLD.
08/2014 - All remaining Black Hawk operations transferred to 6th Aviation Regiment based at Holsworthy, NSW

Named "Resolute"

Highlight for Album: Blackhawk A25-206

A25-207

70-1344 1130 08/12/89 - first flight.
15/12/89- Delivered to 5 Avn Regt
21/05/00 - Sydney Airport.
03/10/04 - RAAF Amberley QLD Airshow.
10/11/05 - RAAF Townsville QLD - undergoing major service or modifications.
04/06/06 - Timor Leste - deployed on Operation Astute.
18/03/09 - RAAF Point Cook VIC.
20/11/2009 - Noted with 6th Aviation Regiment on counter terrorism exercise Brisbane CBD
08/2014 - All remaining Black Hawk operations transferred to 6th Aviation Regiment based at Holsworthy, NSW

Named "Calaphact"

Highlight for Album: Blackhawk A25-207

A25-208

70-1346 1132 20/12/89 - first flight.
25/01/90- Delivered to 5 Avn Regt
2000 - deployed to East Timor.
07/01 - RAAF Amberley QLD.
10/02 - RAAF Edinburgh S A.
11/05 - Oakey QLD - Army Aviation Training Centre.
28/10/08 - Operation Swift Eagle near Townsville QLD
12/07/09 - in flight near Rockhampton QLD during Operation Talisman Sabre.
7/07/09 - Timor Leste.
08/2014 - All remaining Black Hawk operations transferred to 6th Aviation Regiment based at Holsworthy, NSW

Named "Vanquish"

Highlight for Album: Blackhawk A25-208

A25-209

70-1352 1138 05/02/90 - first flight.
15/02/90- Delivered to 5 Avn Regt
12/06/96 - Crashed after mid air collision with A25-113 at night near Townsville.
Fifteen members of the SASR and three from the 5th Aviation Regiment lost their lives in the accident. (see names of those lost below)
Fourteen personnel were later officially recognised for their part in the rescue and evacuation operation.
 

Highlight for Album: Blackhawk A25-209

A25-210

70-1348 1134 27/02/90 - first flight.
09/03/90- Delivered to 5 Avn Regt
25/07/99 - Bundaberg QLD - 5 Avn Rgt.
10/11/05 - RAAF Townsville QLD.
17/10/06 - Coolangatta QLD - 171 Sqn, 5 Avn Rgt.
26/10/07 - Timor Leste - deployed on Operation Astute.
14/06/09 - Timor Leste.
08/2014 - All remaining Black Hawk operations transferred to 6th Aviation Regiment based at Holsworthy, NSW

Named "Dragoon"
 

Highlight for Album: Blackhawk A25-210

A25-211

70-1360 1146 13/03/90 - first flight.
28/03/90- Delivered to 5 Avn Regt
03/09/98 - Bundaberg QLD in service with 5 Avn Rgt.
1999/2000 - East Timor.
08/07/01 - Oakey QLD - in service with the School of Army Aviation.
04/04/02 - Coolangatta QLD
10/11/05 - RAAF Townsville QLD - in service with "B" Sqn, 5 Avn Rgt.
20/11/2009 - Noted with 6th Aviation Regiment on counter terrorism exercise Brisbane CBD
08/2014 - All remaining Black Hawk operations transferred to 6th Aviation Regiment based at Holsworthy, NSW

Named "Viper"
 

Highlight for Album: Blackhawk A25-211

A25-212

70-1364 1150 12/04/90 - first flight.
24/04/90 - Delivered to 5 Avn Regt
23/10/92 - Avalon VIC Airshow in service with 5 Avn Rgt.
01/03/96 - Struck trees whilst carrying the then Prime Minister, Paul Keating who was to be ousted at the General Election the following day. The aircraft sustained little damage but the PM got a big fright.
04/04/00 - Bundaberg QLD in service with 5 Avn Rgt.
10/11/05 - RAAF Townsville QLD - Tech Support Section, 5 Avn Rgt.
11/03/09 - Avalon VIC Airshow.
12/08/09 - RAAF Richmond NSW ; being deployed to PNG to assist in the search for a missing Twin Otter near Kokoda.
29/08/09 - Embarked aboard HMAS Kanimbla during Exercise "Olgeta Warrior" with PNG forces.
 08/2014 - All remaining Black Hawk operations transferred to 6th Aviation Regiment based at Holsworthy, NSW

Named "Waler"
 

Highlight for Album: Blackhawk A25-212

A25-213

70-1372 1158 04/05/90 - first flight.
12/05/90 - Delivered to 5 Avn Regt
06/08/98 - RAAF Townsville QLD in service with 5 Avn Rgt.
11/05 - RAAF Townsville QLD - in service with 171 Sqn, 5 Avn Rgt.
7/01/08 - RAAF Townsville QLD - in service with "B" Sqn, 5 Avn Rgt on pre-deployment exercises for Timor Leste
08/2014 - All remaining Black Hawk operations transferred to 6th Aviation Regiment based at Holsworthy, NSW

Named "Tenacious"

Highlight for Album: Blackhawk A25-213

A25-214

70-1382 1168 25/05/90 - first flight.
31/05/90- Delivered to 5 Avn Regt
09/92 - Oakey QLD.
14/10/98 - Bundaberg QLD - in service with 5 Avn Rgt.
07/03/02 - Bundaberg QLD - in service with 5 Avn Rgt.
04/02/05 - Coolangatta QLD.
11/05 - Oakey QLD - Army Aviation Training Centre.
09/09 - Oakey QLD.
08/2014 - All remaining Black Hawk operations transferred to 6th Aviation Regiment based at Holsworthy, NSW

Named "Tempest"
 

Highlight for Album: Blackhawk A25-214

A25-215

70-1406 1192 04/07/90 - first flight.
26/06/90 - Delivered to 5 Avn Regt
25/07/99 - Bundaberg QLD in service with "A" Sqn, 5 Avn Rgt.
16/03/05 - Avalon Vic Airshow.
0/11/05 - RAAF Townsville QLD - Tech Support Section, 5 Avn Rgt.
2/06/06 - Timor Leste - deployed on Operation Astute.
08/2014 - All remaining Black Hawk operations transferred to 6th Aviation Regiment based at Holsworthy, NSW
4/02/2015 Retired from service at Oakey

Named "Excalibur"

Highlight for Album: Blackhawk A25-215

A25-216

70-1146 1173 04/07/90 - first flight.
22/07/90 - Delivered to 5 Avn Regt
17/02/01Avalon VIC Airshow
12/02/04 - Crashed in the vicinity of Mt Walker, 25 km south west of RAAF Amberley whilst taking part in the Regimental Officers' Basic Course for Kiowa, Iroquois and Black Hawk pilots. Although the aircraft was extensively damaged and later written off, none of the two pilots and six passengers were injured which highlights the ruggedness and survivability built into the Black Hawk. 4th loss of type.
 
Highlight for Album: Blackhawk A25-216

A25-217

70-1328 1114 26/07/90. - first flight.
10/08/90- Delivered to 5 Avn Regt
29/06/92 - Crashed near Oakey QLD - Corporal Rick Beadsworth and Officer Cadet Steve Hall killed. 1st loss of type.
 

Highlight for Album: Blackhawk A25-217

A25-218

70-1392 1178 14/08/90 - first flight.
22/08/90 - Delivered to 5 Avn Regt
31/07/98 - Bundaberg QLD in service with 5 Avn Rgt.
07/03/02 - Bundaberg QLD - 5 Avn Rgt.
10/11/05 - RAAF Townsville QLD - in service with "B" Sqn, 5 Avn Rgt.
22/07/08 - Timor Leste - deployed on Operation Astute as part of the TLAG (Timor Leste Aviation Group).
20/11/2009 - Noted with 6th Aviation Regiment on counter terrorism exercise Brisbane CBD
08/2014 - All remaining Black Hawk operations transferred to 6th Aviation Regiment based at Holsworthy, NSW

Named "Invincible"

Highlight for Album: Blackhawk A25-218

A25-219

70-1410 ???? 30/08/90 - first flight.
11/09/90 - Delivered to 5 Avn Regt
1/10/91 - RAAF Richmond Airshow.
07/03/02 - Bundaberg QLD - in service with 5 Avn Rgt.
24/06/04 - RAAF Williamtown NSW. 10/11/05 - RAAF Townsville QLD - Tech Support Section, 5 Avn Rgt.
23/02/06 - Muzafferbad, Pakistan during humanitarian relief duties following the Oct 2005 earthquake. An Australian Flag was painted on the Starboard engine intake and a yellow boxing Kangaroo wearing red gloves also painted on the Starboard cockpit door.
8/03/09 - RAAF Point Cook VIC.
12/08/09 - RAAF Richmond NSW ; being deployed to PNG to assist in the search for a missing Twin Otter near Kokoda.
08/2014 - All remaining Black Hawk operations transferred to 6th Aviation Regiment based at Holsworthy, NSW

Named "Harlequin"

Highlight for Album: Blackhawk A25-219

A25-220

70-1414 ???? 07/09/90 - first flight.
26/09/90 - Delivered to 5 Avn Regt
21/08/99 - Bundaberg QLD in service with School of Army Aviation.
14/02/03 - Avalon VIC Airshow.
10/11/05 - RAAF Townsville QLD - in service with 171 Sqn, 5 Avn Rgt.
08/2014 - All remaining Black Hawk operations transferred to 6th Aviation Regiment based at Holsworthy, NSW

Named "Hussar"

Highlight for Album: Blackhawk A25-220

A25-221

70-1416 ???? 11/10/90 - first flight.
19/10/90- Delivered to 5 Avn Regt
25/07/99 - Bundaberg QLD in service with "A" Sqn, 5 Avn Rgt.
07/03/02 - Bundaberg QLD in service with 5 Avn Rgt.
14/02/03 - Avalon VIC Airshow.
10/11/05 - RAAF Townsville QLD - undergoing major service or modifications. 29/11/06 - Crashed whilst embarked on HMAS Kanimbla off Fiji. The helicopter was carrying SAS troopers and landed heavily then rolled over the deck into 2000 metre deep water and sank. The pilot, Cpt Mark Bingley of 171 Sqn and an SAS Trooper, Josh Porter, were killed but eight occupants survived the accident. 5th loss of type.
A Board of Enquiry reported in July 2008 that pilot error was the main contributing factor to the accident.

Named "Phoenix"
 

Highlight for Album: Blackhawk A25-221

A25-222

70-1427 ???? 24/10/90 - first flight.
08/11/90- Delivered to 5 Avn Regt
10/05/99 - RAAF Pearce W A - in service with 5 Avn Rgt.
0/07/01 - RAAF Amberley QLD.
2/03/05 - Avalon VIC Airshow.
10/11/05 - RAAF Townsville QLD in service with "B" Sqn, 5 Avn Rgt.
11-12/2006 - Muzafferbad, Pakistan during humanitarian relief duties following the Oct 2005 earthquake. An Australian Flag was painted on the Starboard engine intake and a yellow boxing Kangaroo wearing red gloves also painted on the Starboard cockpit door.
17/10/06 - Coolangatta QLD.
08/2014 - All remaining Black Hawk operations transferred to 6th Aviation Regiment based at Holsworthy, NSW

Named "Sabre"

Highlight for Album: Blackhawk A25-222

A25-223

70-1432 ???? 14/11/90 - first flight.
28/11/90 - Delivered to 5 Avn Regt
10/05/99 - RAAF Pearce W A in service with 5 Avn Rgt.
8/07/01 - RAAF Amberley QLD.
10/11/05 - RAAF Townsville QLD - Tech Support Section, 5 Avn Rgt.
02/09/08 - McArthur River N T.
28/03/09 - Timor Leste ; being loaded aboard C17A, A41-208, for return to Australia.
15/07/09 - landing aboard HMAS Kanimbla during Exercise Talisman Sabre off QLD coast.
08/2014 - All remaining Black Hawk operations transferred to 6th Aviation Regiment based at Holsworthy, NSW

Named "Patriot"
 
Highlight for Album: Blackhawk A25-223

A25-224

70-1440 1226 06/12/90 - first flight.
12/12/90 - Delivered to 5 Avn Regt
25/07/99 - Bundaberg QLD in service with 5 Avn Rgt.
10/11/05 - Oakey QLD - Army Aviation Training Centre.
07/06/07 - Oakey QLD.
05/02/09 - Ingham QLD during flood relief duties
21/07/09 - Williamson Airfield QLD (Shoalwater Bay Training Area) during Operation Talisman Sabre.
08/2014 - All remaining Black Hawk operations transferred to 6th Aviation Regiment based at Holsworthy, NSW

Named "Destrier"
 

Highlight for Album: Blackhawk A25-224

A25-225

70-1444 1228 14/01/91 - first flight.
30/01/91 - Delivered to 5 Avn Regt
20/08/00 - Hervey Bay QLD - in service with 5 Avn Rgt.
23/03/03 - Alice Springs N T.
16/03/05 - Avalon VIC Airshow.
10/11/05 - RAAF Townsville QLD in service with "B" Sqn, 5 Avn Rgt.
23/02/06 - Muzafferbad, Pakistan during humanitarian relief duties following the Oct 2005 earthquake. An Australian Flag was painted on the Starboard engine intake and a yellow boxing Kangaroo wearing red gloves also painted on the Starboard cockpit door.
08/2014 - All remaining Black Hawk operations transferred to 6th Aviation Regiment based at Holsworthy, NSW

Named "Bold"
 

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A25-301

N/A N/A Allocated to the simulated Aircraft Maintenance Trainer at Oakey QLD.

A25-302

N/A N/A Allocated to the Black Hawk Flight Simulator at Oakey QLD.

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A25-303

N/A N/A Allocated to the RAEME Aircraft Training School at Oakey QLD.
This is a training aid and NOT an aircraft.

When the RAAF originally received Black Hawks, a spare cabin section was transported to Australia as deck cargo on a ship. However, it was declared unserviceable on arrival due to exposure to sea water.
The cabin section was displayed in the Oakey Museum.
I
t was later decided that it could be better used so it has been gradually built up into an impressive and functional training aid.
Several modifications have been made to allow access to areas usually inaccessible.
The aid is a credit to all who have built it up over the years.

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Withdrawal from service
The Black Hawks' withdrawal from service commenced in January 2014 and is scheduled to be completed by June 2018
Some remain in service with 6th Aviation Regiment based at Holsworthy, NSW. Others are held in storage at Oakey, Qld.
As information is released regarding specific airframes we will add to the above listing.

 

OPERATION GEMINI

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Six Black Hawks of the Australian Contingent Aviation Group, United Nations Transitional Authority in Cambodia (UNTAC) were flown to Cambodia in May 1993 inside USAF C-5A Galaxy transports.
Their main base of operations was
Battambang. They returned several months later after the successful conclusion of the Cambodian elections.
The Black Hawks were painted white with UN markings. Some carried a Boxing Kangaroo on the front door.
At this stage the serial numbers of the Black Hawks involved is not known despite many photographs. They only carried the small tail number.

 

 

1996 BLACK HAWK CRASH

Blackhawk Memorial Plaque

 

On 12th June 1996 there was a mid air collision involving A25-209 and A25-113 in the High Range Training Area near Townsville, Qld.
 

Members of the 5th Aviation Regiment killed;
Corporal M. Baker
Captain J. Berrigan
Captain K. Hales

Members of the Special Air Service Regiment killed;
Signalman H. Peeters
Trooper T.J. McDonald
Lance Corporal D. Frost
Trooper J.G.S. Church
Lance Corporal G.D. Hagan
Lance Corporal D.A. Johnstone
Lance Corporal G.A. Callow
Corporal B.A. Tombs
Corporal D.J. Smith
Corporal D.R. Oldham
Corporal A. Constantinidis
Corporal M.J. Bird
Corporal M. Avedissian
Sergeant H.W. Ellis
Captain T.J. Stevens

 

 

The Author of this page is Bob Coppinger  (Updated by Brendan Cowan and Martin Edwards)

Sources: Bob Coppinger, Defence Media Centre, RAAF News, Australian War Memorial

Emails: Chris Brosnan, Robert Knox, Gordon Birkett

Updated 13th December 2015

     

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