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Army retiring last of its Huey helicopters at Yakima Training Center

Post by Adam Ashton / The News Tribune on Jan. 24, 2011 at 11:06 am |
January 24, 2011 11:06 am

Goodbye, Huey.

The Army Air Ambulance Detachment at the Yakima Training Center on Wednesday is retiring the last of its UH-1 Huey helicopters.

The Army’s bringing out all the stops to mark the passing of the iconic Vietnam-era chopper. Former UH-1 Huey pilot and Medal of Honor recipient Col. Bruce Crandall (Ret.) is the guest of honor at the helicopter’s retirement ceremony. The guest speaker will be Col. Phillip E. Courts (Ret.), a former commander of the 9th Aviation Battalion who flew UH-1s on two tours in Vietnam.

UH-1 helicopters went into production in 1956 and the Army started using them in 1959. More than 15,000 were manufactured, with more than half of them serving in Vietnam.

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