The most iconic helicopter of them all! Military and Flying Machines is extremely proud to announce the attendance of one of only two flying Huey Vietnam Era Helicopters in the UK and making its first ever appearance at the show both as a flying and static display.
The image of American troops disembarking from a Huey has become an iconic image of the Vietnam War, and can be seen in many films, video games and television shows including The Green Berets, Platoon, Hamburger Hill, Apocalypse Now, Casualties of War, and Born on the Fourth of July. It is prominently featured in We Were Soldiers as the main helicopter used by the U.S. Author Robert Mason recounts his career as a UH-1 “Slick” pilot in his memoir, Chickenhawk.
The HU-1A first entered service with the 101st Airborne Division, the Army quickly pressed the new helicopter into operational service and Hueys arrived in Vietnam in March 1962. The Huey has long been a symbol of US involvement in Vietnam, and as a result of that conflict, has become one of the world’s most recognized helicopters.
During service in the Vietnam War, the Huey was used for various purposes and various terms for each task abounded. Hueys tasked with a ground attack or armed escort role were outfitted with rocket launchers, grenade launchers, and machine guns. These gunships were commonly referred to as Frogs or Hogs if they carried rockets, and Cobras or simply Guns if they had guns. Hueys tasked for troop transport were called Slicks due to an absence of weapons pods. Slicks did have door gunners, but were generally employed in the troop transport and medevac roles.
There’s so much more to see and do whilst visiting the Military & Flying Machines 2013 show, our excpectional 2 hour flying schedule, including the awesome B-17 “Sally B”, helicopter pleasure flights, 300+ military vehicles, living history displays, live entertainment, arena activities, including big bangs and even bigger vehicles! Kids’ activities, vintage funfair, refreshments, stalls, meet the veterans – there truly is something for everyone and at great value for money!
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