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On Monday, February
13, 2006, The
National Vietnam War Museum took delivery of its second UH-1H with a
pedigree. 68-16376 was purchased by the Army in October 1969, and served
with B Troop, 3/17 Cavalry from November of that year until February
1971 when it returned to the United States. During its 15 months as a
“Burning Stogie” aircraft, 376 logged 1004 total hours in-country, with
an unknown incident bringing an end to its tour.
The aircraft was
rebuilt at Bell Helicopter in Fort Worth, and then spent 4 years at the
Aviation School at Fort Rucker. Subsequent to its service at Fort
Rucker, the aircraft was acquired by the U.S. Forest Service and based
in Kinston, North Carolina until its transfer to the museum. Because the
aircraft has only recently been decommissioned, it is fairly complete
and in good condition.
With the addition of
68-16376, the museum’s artifacts now include two Vietnam veteran UH-1Hs;
an OH-6A Vietnam veteran; a Fort Wolters OH-23D, an M35A2, 2-1/2 Ton
prime mover; a 400 gallon water trailer; and several smaller items. Also
promised to us for the future is a fully restored, static display TH-55A
in school markings, to compliment the OH-23D.
available storage space at the Mineral Wells Airport is limited,
68-16376 will be housed at the Veterans Flying Museum of Texas heliport
in Weatherford for restoration. A second UH-1H, 65-10068, was acquired
along with 68-16376, but it has no Vietnam provenances we can determine.
It will also be undergoing restoration at the Veterans Flying Museum of
Texas, but its ultimate use by the museum has not been determined.
The museum is
looking for sponsors and volunteers to work on the restoration of all
our major artifacts.
To be involved with this project, contact
The National Vietnam War Museum,
P. O. Box 146, Mineral Wells, TX 76068,
or online at
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