Restored Vietnam Huey Headlines Helicopter Museum’s FatherFest

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Image via Jan Schumacher.

The Vietnam War was known as “The Helicopter War” due to the versatility of rotary wing aircraft during the conflict.

The Bell UH-1 Iroquois “Huey” became the war’s symbol as it effortlessly rescued, deployed, transported, supplied, and supported the troops.

One of these iconic workhorses that’s now an artist’s sculpture, entitled “Take Me Home Huey,” will arrive, complete with motorcade, at the American Helicopter Museum and Education Center in West Chester on Thursday.

It will be the focus of a presentation by three of its original crew members on Saturday, June 17, and the star of this year’s FatherFest on Sunday, June 18.


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The U.S. Army aircraft, known simply by its serial number as 174, served in Vietnam as a medevac before being shot down in 1969 during a rescue mission.

Unfortunately, two crewmen perished, but others survived to tell their tales.

Three survivors from #174 will speak on June 17 and 18, in AHMEC’s theatre at 10:30 AM and 11 AM, respectively.

“To experience the’ Take Me Home Huey’ exhibit is not to see some old, beat-up helicopter,” said Light Horse Legacy’s Dave Barron, who spearheaded #174’s restoration. “174 has a presence – you can touch it – and history. One of the veterans with the project explains (that) the spirit of all those who fought are in that ship.

“As you stand in (its) shadow you hear and see the emotional impact of the veterans. For younger generations, the art form coupled with the size and scope of the helicopter brings into focus the events that have shaped our lives today.”

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