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335th AHC Cowboys & Huey 11/16/13

Restored Vietnam War Helicopter, The UH-1H Huey, Will Be Unveiled at Yanks Air Museum On November 16, 2013 With A One-Time Only Chance For Guests To Be In The Cockpit 



Contact Person: Christen Wright


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Restored Vietnam War Helicopter, The UH-1H Huey, Will Be Unveiled at Yanks Air Museum On November 16, 2013 With A One-Time Only Chance For Guests To Be In The Cockpit


During the revealing of the restored UH-1H Huey, guests can hear gripping stories from the members of the 335th Assault Helicopter Company who flew the aircraft in combat and take a seat in the open cockpit to get a pilot’s-eye view of what is possibly the most revered helicopter of the Vietnam War.


November 8, 2013 – It’s one thing to go to an aviation museum, look at an aircraft, bask in the beauty of the gleaming lines and nostalgic nose art, attempt to imagine the action it endured, and move on to the next display. It’s another to be completely engrossed in an air craft’s history, to have a sensory experience, to hear compelling stories from those who flew it, and to be transported to crucial historical moments - sans peril.


With Veterans Day as a precursor, the unveiling of the Huey on November 16, will recall aviation history and celebrate the heroic efforts of the pilots and crew members of the "Cowboys" 335th Assault Helicopter Company who were fighting alongside and acting as primary support for the 173rd "The Herd" Airborne Brigade during the Vietnam War.


After many years of trying to obtain the 50-year-old aircraft, Yanks Air Museum finally acquired it from the US Forestry Department through a state program called the Surplus Property Program three months ago. “Many visitors come to the museum to see a specific airframe, the Huey is often asked for,” said museum director Christen Wright.


After much preparation and paint, and three or four days of treasure hunting for nose art, gun mount, and interior pieces, the Huey has been restored to its original state.


At the event, which will begin at 8 a.m. and end at 4 p.m. and is the cost of admission, the Huey will be displayed at the entrance to a recreated Vietnam War scene. A panel of speakers, which will include four former pilots and three former crew members from the 335th Assault Helicopter Company and a military doctor, will tell their stories and answer questions at 10 a.m.


After the presentation, the speakers will be available for signing and visiting until 2pm. The cockpit will be open all day. The museum will be offering a special deal for the day of the event only. Admission for an entire family can be purchased for just $20. 


“This event allows us to give our veterans our support. They didn’t get much when they were returning from Vietnam,” said Wright.


When asked why this event is so important, August Swanson, a panel speaker for the event and pilot for the 335th Assault Helicopter Company from 1967 to 1968, said, “It brings the contribution helicopter crews made to the Vietnam War to light. Ten percent of those killed in Vietnam were helicopter crews. It’s an extraordinary amount based on the number of people who were there. The helicopter made the Vietnam War a new kind of war, a mobile war. A quick medivac was possible, quick re-supplying of food and ammo was possible. We could land anywhere, we could get there immediately. It made a big difference in saving people’s lives.”


In addition to acquiring, restoring and preserving American aircraft and artifacts, Yanks Air Museum strives to inspire and motivate people of all ages to become involved, curious and stimulated by aviation history, particularly children.


“This kind of event allows us to give kids a taste of history. When we enhance the experience and make it more hands-on, they tend to be more engaged. A lot of them probably haven’t been in anything other than a commercial airliner,” said Wright.


General Admission Details:

General admission to the museum is $11 for adults, $5 for children (ages 5-11), and $10 for seniors (65 and over). Admission is free to Veterans and active duty.


About Yanks Air Museum

Located in Chino, California, Yanks Air Museum has been called “the fastest growing air museum in the nation,” by Air Classics Magazine. The burgeoning aviation institution has been committed to the preservation and acquisition of American aircraft for nearly thirty years. Functioning as a non-profit 501 (c) (3) organization, Yanks Air Museum shares programs and exhibits that entertain and inform people of all ages about American aviation.


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