Pilatus PC-6B Porter A14-692
Only six of the 19 Pilatus Porters operated by the
Australian Army were deployed to Viet Nam.
A14-692 was one of them.
Originally flown out to join the 1st Aviation Regiment at RAAF
Amberley from Stans in
Switzerland as HB-FED in January 1969, it served with the 161 (Indep)
in Viet Nam from January 1971 until December of that year. It
returned to Australia
1972, and then served with 173 General Support Squadron at Oakey.
On 23 March
1977 it was
damaged beyond repair in a heavy landing at Buchnambool, NSW.
shot above was
probably taken at Archerfield later in 1972.