Aero Commander 680E VH-CAY and SAR Stores - c.1967
The Department's own aircraft were also a prime SAR resource. This photo, and the close up below, shows DCA Aero Commander 680E VH-CAY being prepared for SAR work at Port Keats, NT, c.1967. The photo shows that the rear door and a rear seat have been removed to permit dropping of the two Storepedoes which are lying on the ground. The Storepedo was a supply container with a static-line activated parachute in which emergency supplies or equipment could be packed and dropped to survivors.
(Photo: Bob Kretchmer via Doug Morrison)
From the 1980s the Department's later fleet of Gulfstream 1000s (Turbo Commanders) were fitted with hardpoints on the rear fuselage from which supply containers could be dropped - click here to see a photo.
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