Australia — Army Iroquois choppers become national treasures

Greg Com­bet, Min­is­ter for Defence Materiel and Sci­ence announced today in Townsville that a squadron of Army heli­copters will soon be dis­patched to towns across the nation.

Mr Com­bet said a squadron of 11 Iro­quois heli­copters, which graced our skies for more than four decades, would be made local tourist attrac­tions in Townsville and eight oth­er com­mu­ni­ties around Aus­tralia.

“Townsville and the oth­er loca­tions select­ed have had an asso­ci­a­tion with the Iro­quois heli­copter for a very long time. It’s only fit­ting then that these heli­copters come to rest among these com­mu­ni­ties,” Mr Com­bet said.

“Iro­quois heli­copters have played a big part in Australia’s mil­i­tary his­to­ry and Townsville has played a part in their his­to­ry too.

“One Iro­quois heli­copter will be kept for per­ma­nent dis­play out­side Townsville’s RAAF Base, where we expect it to attract mil­i­tary enthu­si­asts and oth­er vis­i­tors.”

“Australia’s Iro­quois heli­copters have had a long his­to­ry among the country’s Defence Force.”

“Iro­quois heli­copters served Aus­tralia dur­ing the Viet­nam War, on deploy­ments to Bougainville and the Solomon Islands, and pro­vid­ed assis­tance to peo­ple who were affect­ed by the 2004 Box­ing Day Tsuna­mi in Indone­sia.”

Iro­quois heli­copters will also become tourist attrac­tions in Point Cook in Vic­to­ria, Dar­win, Holswor­thy, Oakey, Enog­gera, Ban­di­ana and the Aus­tralian War Memo­r­i­al in Can­ber­ra.

Anoth­er five Iro­quois heli­copters will be kept by the Aus­tralian Defence Force as train­ing aids and anoth­er two will be offered for sale to nation­al returned ser­vice organ­i­sa­tions.

Media con­tacts: Rod Hilton (Greg Com­bet): 0458 276 619

Press release
Min­is­te­r­i­al Sup­port and Pub­lic Affairs,
Depart­ment of Defence,
Can­ber­ra, Aus­tralia