This machine was purchased by
Ansett-ANA new at the end of 1964, and the color shot above
was taken by the
late Pat Sheehan at Essendon before it was dispatched north
to the Barrier Reef
was initially allocated the trade-plate registration VH-FCV, but this
was not taken up,
big chopper becoming VH-BRI instead.
Named 'Golden Islander'
it was used on
Proserpine-Hayman Island tourist run starting in 1965. Other
than a charter to Bristow Helicopters
1977 it was used by Ansett until 1984
when it was sold off, ostensibly to Grecoair in the US.
This transaction did not
go through and it was subsequently sold to Barrack Aviation Services
Ltd and re-registered VH-BHO It was used, along with
VH-BRH) in 1986/87 on
Fremantle and Rottnest Island to cover the America's Cup regatta.
In 1988 it was
sold to Carson
Helicopters, Inc of Perkasie, PA and registered
N116AZ. It was either re-shipped
Australia, or had stayed there all along, (I am not sure) but, in the
event, was operated by
Helicopters Victoria out of Albury, NSW for fire-fighting during the
2003/2004 bushfire season.
Canciani took the shot of it as N116AZ (below) at Essendon in March
July of 2004 it was back in the US fighting forest fires in
Arizona. It is still current as N116AZ
is owned by a company headquartered close to my abode here in eastern