Members of our restoration crew during their tours of duty
We need your help to complete this project. We have set our goal low so that every contribution is utilized, but we seek to raise round $75,000 to fully fund this initiative.
The Huey became the symbol of U.S. combat forces in Vietnam. In country, more than 12,000 helicopters served alongside our troops. The 7,000 Hueys that served flew 9,713,762 hours. At home, millions watched them fly on nightly news reports. The Huey is an iconic image of the Vietnam Era and a fitting display at the Vietnam Era Museum & Educational Center.
This project has brought generations together, deepening the bonds of veteran brotherhood as well as family connections.
Vietnam Veteran helicopter Pilot Carl Burns and grandson Dylan share the Huey experience
In February 2013, a group of veteran volunteers, many of them Vietnam Era helicopter pilots and maintenance technicians, began the restoration of a 1964 Bell UH-1D Huey helicopter. Every Vietnam Veteran has Huey memories to share.Your support will ensure that the contributions of the Huey and the men and women who flew in them will never be forgotten.
The restoration of this Huey has again brought Vietnam Veterans together. The recognition they are receiving for their work on this project, in a small way, properly welcomes them home and thanks them for their service.
Our goal is to unveil a restored Huey and museum experience in May 2014, our Huey’s 50th birthday. Here it will be a fitting tribute to all who have served our country as well as a unique and historically important teaching tool for the thousands of students and visitors who experience the Memorial and Museum each year.
Our Huey Story
Our Huey's Arrival
A Work in Progress
In January 2013, the NJVVMF took possession of a 1964 Bell UH-1D, Iroquois helicopter, also known as the Huey. During the Vietnam Era, Bell Helicopter (A Textron Company) produced 16,000 Hueys, 7,000 of these served in Vietnam.
Our Huey, serial # 64-13732, served two tours in Vietnam. From October 1966 through September 1967, it served with the 116th Assault Helicopter Company, “The Hornets,” at Cu Chi in support of the 25th Infantry Division. It then served with the 118th Assault helicopter Company, “The Thunderbirds,” from November 1968 through February 1970 at Bien Hoa. During its service in Vietnam, our Huey logged more than 3,000 flight hours, saving countless lives and providing daily support for our troops.
After spending more than two decades outside at the Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst, the Huey is currently under restoration by a crew of veterans. Throughout the spring of 2013, the crew has been hard at work preparing this Huey for display out front of the Vietnam Era Museum & Educational Center. Our restoration crew has logged more than 1,500 hours so far.
A Labor of Love: Meet our Restoration Crew
The original tail cone panel signed by the crew, will be reinstalled on the completed Huey
This project is a labor of love. Our crew of veterans couldn’t be more qualified. Their dedication and passion reflect the significance of this project. Many flew and maintained Hueys during their tours of duty. Every crew member has a Huey story to share.
There is a common bond among veterans, especially Vietnam veterans. This project has once again brought them together, working towards an important goal, the restoration of a Huey that served in Vietnam. They understand that their work will preserve their legacies and leave a lasting impression on all who experience our Huey.
The PlanOur goal is to unveil a restored Huey and museum experience in May 2014, our Huey’s 50th birthday. Here it will be a fitting tribute to all who have served our country as well as a unique and historically important teaching tool for the thousands of students and visitors who experience the Memorial and Museum each year.
Final Landing at the Vietnam Era Museum & Educational Center
Thanks to the generosity of our crew, members of our local military community and friends of the Foundation we have accomplished a great deal. However, there is still a lot of work to be done. After restoration work is complete, the Huey needs to be relocated to the Foundation’s grounds and installed as a permanent display.
This project is unique in that our Huey is being restored by a crew of veterans for display at the only museum in the country dedicated to gaining an understanding of the Vietnam Era, the War in Southeast Asia and its lasting impact on American culture.
We have already accomplished a great deal:
- A complete inventory of the Huey and an assessment of project goals, needs and challenges
- Acquisition of replacement parts from other Vietnam Era Hueys
- A complete cleaning of the Huey
- Draining of all fluids
- Stripping of exterior and interior parts in preparation for painting
- Sanding of the entire Huey in preparation for painting
- The construction of a painting enclosure and the donation of paint
- The Huey Plaza has been designed and engineering documents created
Your support will enable us to:
- Construct the Huey’s plaza and display foundation outside of the Vietnam Era Museum & Educational Center in fall of 2013
- Relocate the Huey to the Museum grounds and install it as a permanent display
- Create an interactive museum experience and field trip activities that will complement our displayed Huey
About the New Jersey Vietnam Veterans' Memorial Foundation
The Foundation operates the New Jersey Vietnam Veterans’ Memorial (http://www.njvvmf.org/information.html)and the Vietnam Era Museum & Educational Center, the only Museum of its kind in the country (http://www.njvvmf.org/overview.html). We are a self-sustaining non-profit dedicated to offering a meaningful and engaging experience that recognizes the sacrifices, courage and valor of Vietnam Veterans and that encourages and fosters a thorough understanding of the Vietnam Era including the political, historical, social, cultural and military aspects which affected the United States, and especially New Jersey.
Vietnam Era Flight Survival Vest, Signed by the Restoration Crew
Paperweight made from our Huey's Original Planetary Gears
Flight Pump Panel from our Huey
Push Pull Tube from our Huey
Project Risks and Challenges
There are very few risks involved with this project. Thanks to the generosity of our Restoration Crew, members of our local military community and friends of the Foundation, we have already accomplished a great deal. Our Restoration team is already hard at work independent of our fundraising campaign.
The challenge we face is raising the funds to construct the display foundation and plaza by the end of 2013. We are also relying on your support to raise funds to develop and install an interactive museum experience so that all visitors can experience the inside of a Huey.
We already have commitments from the people and organizations needed to complete these parts of the project, so once funds are raised, we can continue to move ahead. Please support our unique and important project!
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