VH-UHI   Bell 206A Jet Ranger                             (c/n  109)

                                 

                                         This Jet Ranger, seen above at Mascot in October 1976 in this nice shot by Greg Banfield, had
                                         a multitude of identities.   Delivered as N6246N, it went to New Zealand in the the 1960s as
                                         ZK-HCA before crossing the Tasman Sea to become VH-UHI for Helicopter Utilities.  Used
                                         in oil exploration work by subsidiary Airfast Helicopters Pty Ltd it was re-registered in Papua/
                                         New Guinea whenever it was seconded to that area for a spell.  (The first time as P2-UHI and
                                         the second time as P2-FHH).  When sold by Airfast it became VH-ONS and then became one
                                         of the many iterations of VH-FJC (the third, I think) before being withdrawn from service.     
                                         Greg saw it again, (below), some six months later in May 1977 when, still registered to Airfast,
                                         it was working for Channel 7 News in Sydney.