An icon of the Queensland skies, the chopper joined CareFlights operational fleet in 1995 and was the services first twin-engine helicopter.
Since then, Foxtrot completed 10,768 flight hours saving the lives of people across every corner of southern Queensland.
This particular aircraft has rescued more patients than any other helicopter in CareFlights fleet, CareFlight CEO Ashley van de Velde said.
Manufactured in June 1981, its actually the oldest operational helicopter in Australia; its serial number is 31.
Todays retirement ceremony at our Archerfield Maintenance Facility was a bittersweet moment for the pilots, crewmen and thousands of patients who came to know Foxtrot as a reliable mainstay of the rescue service.
Foxtrots retirement is part of CareFlight Groups fleet renewal program, which commenced this year with the purchase of two new AgustaWestland 139 (AW139) helicopters.
Its the first time in CareFlights history that new rather than repurposed aircraft have been purchased, made possible by government funding and ongoing community support.
“The retirement of Foxtrot is the end of an era in our services history, but also marks an important milestone in our long-awaited fleet renewal program, Mr van de Velde said.
This transition will ensure our fleet is equipped with an aviation capability that is more advanced and well positioned for decades of service to the community.
These latest-technology AW139 aircraft will revolutionise the way we save lives, he said.
The first of the services new AW139s became operational out of CareFlights Brisbane Airport base in mid-November and has airlifted 17 patients in just two weeks.
The second new aircraft arrived in Australia last week and is currently undergoing a medical fit-out to prepare it for the lifesaving, air-medical environment.