Sitting inside the helicopter, HMAS Kanimbla

Unit Royal Australian Navy
Place Middle East: Persian Gulf
Accession Number ART91753
Collection type Art
Measurement framed: 378 mm (H) x 478 mm (L) x 39 mm (D)
Object type Painting
Physical description oil on hardboard
Maker Churcher, Peter
Place made Persian Gulf
Date made 15 February 2002
Conflict Period 2000-2009
Afghanistan, 2001-
Copyright Item copyright: © Australian War Memorial
Creative Commons License This item is licensed under CC BY-NC

Figure of a man seated inside a helicopter. The sailor depicted sitting inside the helicopter is Able Seaman Aviation Technician Airframes (ABATA) Avionics (ABATV) Kurt Horsten, 817th Squadron. Peter Churcher recalled, "The helicopter was often inside the hangar requiring maintenance from the "Birdies" [colloquial expression for the naval aviation crew]. This image is capturing one of the "Birdies" waiting inside the cabin until his particular services are required".

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