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Sunday, October 29, 2000, The National Vietnam War Museum hosted a benefit
premiere of the documentary Flight Line: The Army Helicopter Pilots
of Vietnam. Narrated by Harrison Ford, the film is based on personal
interviews with Army aviators relating to their Vietnam War experiences.
"This was a historic occasion for us and Fort Worth," said
Charles Bogle, President of the museum.
event, held at the Scott Theatre, 3505 W. Lancaster Avenue, in the Fort
Worth Cultural District, was attended by over 200 people, and raised
almost $10,000 for the museum.
had a lot more going on that day as well," Bogle said. "The
program for the day began at noon, with helicopter and memorabilia displays,
provided by Rattler/Firebird Association. That part of the program was
free and many families came out to see the displays, undeterred by the
days intermittent rain showers. Starting at 2:30 p.m., several
authors of books about the Vietnam era were on hand to sign their works
and talk with the attendees, including B. G. Burkett, author of Stolen
Valor, and Bob Mason who wrote Chickenhawk. Mason is also the film's
executive producer," Bogle added.
museum board, friends, and volunteers were very excited about the opportunity
to present this film to the public," said Edd Luttenberger, the
museums communications director. "This was a chance not only
to tell the story of the helicopter pilots and what they did in Vietnam,
but also to introduce people in the metroplex to the National Vietnam
War Museum. It also allowed us to express some of the things we plan
to do as we build this national museum in North Texas. It was another
step in the long road toward making this museum a reality."
addition to support provided by the members of the museum Board of Directors,
the Friends of the Museum operated the museum gift shop at the premiere
and arranged for the hors doeuvres that accompanied the authors
reception. The Fort Worth ISD Jr. ROTC provided the color guard, ushers,
and other crowd control assistance. Support for the production of the
documentary was provided by several private companies. Notable among
these were Bell Textron, Sikorsky Helicopters, Boeing Aircraft, and
the premiere, videotape copies of the documentary were available for
purchase, and can now be ordered from the museum, along with other items
of museum merchandise.
collected at the premiere, for ticket and merchandise sales, go to benefit
The National Vietnam War Museum, a Mineral Wells, Texas 501 (c) (3),
following is a full list of the authors who participated in the premieres
authors reception. Most of their works are available for purchase
through the museum.
Burkett Stolen Valor
Carlson Red Bird Down
Freeman The Jesus Nut
Holley The Helicopter War: A Primer
Mason Recovery From the War
Westbrook The Broken Sword
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