Trolling for a Kill - Bushrangers Outbound
11 x 14in print or printed to order on canvas
This image was created in 1996 and proved extremely popular with collectors. It depicts three Bell Iroquois (Huey) helicopters in gunship configuration.
During the Vietnam War, the Royal Australian Air Force No 9 Squadron operated Hueys in support of Australian and New Zealand and American troops.
Initially, they were troop carrying aircraft - known as slicks. The term slick was an Americanism referring to an aircraft that did not have weapons fitted to the airframe which created drag when in flight, thus they were slick and faster through the air. However, some enterprising members of the squadron managed to acquire rocket launcers and miniguns from American squadrons... allegedly for the trade of beer and slouch hats and other items of 'value' by our US allies.
They became the most heavily-armed Hueys in the war and operated under the radio callsign - Bushranger.
In 1986, the Australian government made the decision to transfer all
battlefield helicopters to the Army and so the Hueys and all their armament
became operated by soldiers from the Australian Army Aviation Corps. This
image shows Army Bushrangers in a three-aircraft heavy fire team.