Completed near the end of the Vietnam War, “524" was among the last single-engine Hueys ever produced. Built as a standard UH-1H, this helicopter was later converted to UH-1V (medevac) configuration with the installation of avionics upgrades and rescue equipment. UH-1V 524 was operated by a number of army units, eventually ending up in the 832nd Air Ambulance Company of the Wisconsin National Guard. The 832nd flew this Huey from the late 1990s until adoption of the more modern UH-60 Blackhawk in mid-2009. UH-1V 524 is undergoing restoration for future display.
(Left) UH-1V 524 delivers an injured US Forest Service firefighter to a Missoula, MT trauma center in September 2003. (Photo courtesy of Peter Emerson)
OH-58A+ 548 was built as a standard "A" model helicopter and saw service as a scout in a number of US Army cavalry regiments. It was later upgraded to A+ configuration and flown on counternarcotics operations by the Massachusetts Army National Guard. This helicopter is currently undergoing restoration for display in 2023.
(Right) Chief Warrant Officer Colleen Picard takes OH-58A+ "548" for a final flight on August 16, 2013 to celebrate her retirement from the Massachusetts Army National Guard. (Photo courtesy of CW5 David Picard)
Designed in the 1960s as the world's first attack helicopter, the AH-1 Cobra has had a long service life and modernized variants are still in use around the world today. This aircraft, s/n 82-24068, was a late-production AH-1F built in the 1980s and operated by the Washington State Army National Guard throughout its entire active service life. We acquired 068 in late 2019 for restoration and display at a future date.
(Left) AH-1F 068 in government storage outside Tehachapi, California in 2019. (Photo courtesy of Parker Newman, Kern County Fire Dept.)
Huey 948 served in combat throughout many of the years of American involvement in the Vietnam War, rotating through several units and seeing intense action between 1966-72. This helicopter is closely associated with the 120th Assault Helicopter Company Razorbacks, with which it logged more than 1,400 mission hours as a gunship. Huey 948 later flew special operations missions in the Mekong Delta with the navy HA(L)-3 Seawolves. After the war, 948 starred in the Arnold Schwarzenegger action film Terminator 2. This helicopter will be restored for future display.
(Left) UH-1B 948 at Nha Be in Vietnam in 1971 while assigned to the 120th AHC Razorbacks. (Photo courtesy of Razorbacks Armed Helicopters Association)