Opening Ceremony for Bell UH-1H “Huey” Helicopter Exhibit
When:Saturday, May 26, 2012 -
Following a lengthy restoration, the Museum’s Vietnam veteran Bell UH-1H “Huey” helicopter takes a place of honor in the Great Gallery. This new, permanent exhibit will be officially opened during a brief ceremony near the exhibit. The ceremony is open to the public, and will be attended by members of the helicopter’s restoration team, Museum officials, Vietnam War veterans and members of local military and law enforcement agencies. Speakers include Museum President and CEO Doug King and Medal of Honor recipient retired U.S. Army Maj. Gen. Patrick Brady. During the Vietnam War Brady served with the Medical Service Corps, flying Huey air ambulance helicopters. He was awarded the Medal of Honor for piloting four extremely dangerous rescue flights in Vietnam on Jan. 6, 1968.
The Museum's UH-1H Iroquois was delivered to the U.S. military in Vietnam in early 1970. It saw service during the war and long after, until it was retired in 1994. The Museum obtained the aircraft from King County.