First Huey formation in almost 50 years...

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Photo was taken during fire fighting ops in Australia today. Pic was taken from B model #699 of the 129th Assault Helicopter Company.... & the one with the bambi bucket ahead of it is H model #497 also of the 129th Assault Helicopter Company. Same unit as #509 in the UK.

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#699 recently had it's Vietnam nose art reinstalled.

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Just a few bushfires burning in NSW at the moment and it is our Winter!!

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As I write this I'm on a holiday....when passing through Montana I noted a civil Blackhawk and Chinook doing fire fighting.
The Chinook had Billings titles, so it's a recent demob, not the older civil Chinooks flown by long time operator Columbia.

As far as Hueys go, our state has a fleet of H models for firefighting, so I see one often.

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"First Huey formation in almost 50 years..." First in almost 50yr for this location? For this photographer? For these airframes? I'm confused.

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Just a few bushfires burning in NSW at the moment and it is our Winter!!

B model is based in Lismore, H model based in Albion Park.