Royal Australian Navy Retiring Bell 429 Helicopters

February 28, 2019 – The last Royal Australian Navy Bell 429 helicopter is making its final public appearance at the Australian International Airshow 2019 at Avalon, Victoria, this week. Originally commissioned into service in 2012, Navy’s 723 Squadron operated the Bell 429s to maintain and develop the skills of junior helicopter aircrew. “We trained junior aircrew in the Bell 429 to improve and maintain their skills,” said Pilot Training instructor Lieutenant Cliff Gaudie. “The Bells were great little helicopters that enabled young naval Pilots and aircrew the chance to hone…

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