28-May-2012 Source: Museum of Flight
Following a lengthy restoration, the Museumâ€™s Vietnam veteran Bell UH-1H â€œHueyâ€ helicopter takes a place of honor in the Great Gallery. This new, permanent exhibit was officially opened during a brief ceremony near the exhibit on Saturday 26th May at 11am. The ceremony was open to the public, and was attended by members of the helicopterâ€™s restoration team, Museum officials, Vietnam War veterans and members of local military and law enforcement agencies. Speakers included 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.