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RARE OPPORTUNITY TO FLY IN HUEY #354!
Perhaps there is no more iconic symbol of the Viet Nam
War than the venerable UH-1 Huey helicopter.
On Monday, July 29th, Tuesday, July 30th and
Thursday, August 1st, Huey #354 will be available for rides from 9
AM until 4 PM at the Fond Du Lac County Airport, 260 S. Rolling Meadows Drive
in Fond Du Lac. Huey #354 is part of the
Army Aviation Heritage Foundation and will also be appearing as part of the air
show at AirVenture this year.
The Bell UH-1 Iroquois, known
by all as the Huey, first flew in 1956 and was the first helicopter powered by
a turbo shaft engine that controlled the two bladed main rotor as well as the
tail rotor. The UH-1 went into full
production in 1960 and over 16,000 Huey’s were produced. The first combat service for the Huey, in
1963, was in Viet Nam and the US Army utilized the Huey for troop transport,
medical evacuation (MEDEVAC), search & rescue and all general utility
roles. Depending on the mission, the
Huey could fly with a crew of up to 4.
The Huey is no doubt one of the world’s most recognized helicopters.
Huey #354 (N354AF) is one of
4 flyable UH-1’s owned by the Army Aviation Heritage Foundation. #354 flew over 1,500 combat hours in Viet Nam
and has been faithfully restored, by members of the foundation, in the exact
markings that were on the aircraft when it served in Viet Nam. The Huey was acquired from the Georgia
National Guard in 2008.
“Folks love to fly with the
veterans and aircraft that made history and that’s why we enjoy making #354
available for rides as often as possible” said Rick Welch, Director of the
Foundation. The price per rider is
$60.00 and the minimum age requirement is 5 years old. Reservations are not necessary during this
rare 3 day opportunity, but all flights are flown on a first come, first serve
For additional information or
questions, call 770/897-0444
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