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HUEY 509 / LOACH 011 HELICOPTER HANGAR OPEN DAY
Wesham House Farm Fleetwood Road, Wesham, Nr Preston PR4 3HD
Saturday 29th October 2016 (10am – 4pm)
We are delighted to announce another chance to visit our hangar.
This is a great opportunity to see our hangar and learn the history of these iconic helicopters, see memorabilia of both these and other aircraft and view footage of the restoration process and the moment our Huey 509 was reunited with some of its original pilots from the Vietnam War.
Get up close to the aircraft – our crew will be on hand to answer questions and you will be very welcome to take photographs and sit in the cockpit. Refreshments will be available and you are also welcome to bring a picnic!!
Admission is by advanced ticket purchase only as numbers are restricted. Please book early to avoid disappointment!!!
• We have a fun quiz for the children so this is a real family event.
• Should you wish to purchase a souvenir of your visit, our Huey shop will be open – take a look at our website shop to see what is on offer.
• The helicopters will fly at about 1pm (weather permitting)
Please purchase your tickets on-line at www.huey.co.uk/shop or contact Jo Connolly at JConnolly@huey.co.uk
Children:(Aged 5 to 16): £5.00
Infants (Under 5 years of age): Free of charge
*All profits go towards the upkeep of our helicopters and the venue
NB. We regret there are no disabled facilities at this venue
Fly me to the Moon
Astronaut Buzz Aldrin was undertaking a book signing event at Croston Theatre, Westholme School on Thursday 2nd June in Blackburn. We weren’t going to miss out on an opportunity to be reunited with this amazing man so Huey509 offered to fly him into the venue – we had previously flown buzz to the starting line at Goodwood Revival in Huey509 in 2009. Buzz said at the time that it’s a long time since he last landed on grass and hoped to see us again. Well he did!
Unfortunately logistics prevented us from flying him into the venue in Huey 509 so Phil and I flew Loach011 into the College to offer our services as gofors/book porters/door attendants! (...and you don’t often get those in full flight suits I might add!)
Needless to say, both Phil and I spent some time with Buzz in his Green Room prior to him taking to the stage to talk about his book ‘No Dream Is Too High: Life Lessons From A Man Who Walked On The Moon’. [Many thanks to Elaine Silverwood for organising that for us!]
After the excellent and entertaining event, we departed before dark to land back at Huey Base at last light.
Overall, a superb evening and plenty of good memories of a true legend; one of only 12 who have walked on the surface of the Moon!
Thank you for entertaining us so well Dr Aldrin!
Sponsorship of the Griffin Trophy at the Defence Helicopter School at RAF Shawbury – Course 157
Phil Connolly of the Huey Team and MSS Holdings (UK) Ltd is proud to sponsor the Griffin Trophy at the Defence Helicopter School at RAF Shawbury.
The winner of the Griffin Trophy for Number 157 Course was Flight Lieutenant Cal Pearson. He was presented with the award by Commodore S M Allen MA Royal Navy, Assistant Chief of Staff (Carrier Strike and Aviation) at the Course Graduation on 12 Aug 2016.
Sixty (Reserve) Squadron is part of the Defence Helicopter School at RAF Shawbury. The Squadron provides advanced multi engine helicopter training on the Bell 412 Griffin primarily to RAF aircrew prior to their conversion to operational types. On completion of the course pilots and crewmen are awarded their aircrew brevets. MSS Holdings sponsors the Griffin Trophy which is awarded to the course member who, in the opinion of the staff, has contributed to the spirit of Sixty Squadron and to the morale of the course whilst maintaining the military ethos.
AVIATION CLASSICS – Issue number 27 out now!!
Exciting news for all our Huey Fans!! Huey 509 is featured in the current edition of Aviation Classics which was released for sale on the 5th March 2015. The whole edition is dedicated to the Bell Huey and there is 12 page article on our very own Huey 509. The photographs were taken by the Aviation Classics team during a visit to our hangar in the autumn of 2014 and include shots of the internal sections which are normally only accessed by the pilots or the maintenance teams. The article gives a detailed technical and historical description of our helicopter and is available now at a RRP of £7.99 from stockists such as WHSmiths or from Aviation Classics direct. For more information please visit the Aviation Classics website www.aviationclassics.co.uk where you can find out details of all previous issues, purchase a digital copy of any of the issues or take advantage of an Aviation Classics subscription package.
NEW BOOK IN STOCK!
The Spitfire of helicopters, Bell’s AH-1 was the world’s first Attack helicopter. Born as an ‘interim’ type during the Vietnam War it has remained in continuous front- line service and production ever since – an unequalled record.
This fully illustrated volume charts the ubiquitous ‘Snake’ in detail from its earliest inception through to the awesome AH-1Z ‘Zulu’ now deployed.
The author’s long and close involvement with the Cobra community is fully reflected in a rich and informative narrative that gives this iconic aircraft the spotlight it so clearly deserves as its 50th anniversary approaches.
Cobra! The Attack Helicopter
Buy it now in the Huey Shop
£20 (+£2.50 UK p&p)
HUEY 509 FLYING DISPLAY
This footage was taken at the Heart of Scotland Airshow, Perth Airport, Scone in 2010 and features here with the kind permission of Malcolm Auld.
BITE AND STRIKE books back in stock
326 pages of history, stories and images – now in full colour - as told by the members of the 129th AHC and compiled by 129th veteran Bill Wolf.
Our Huey supported the troops of 129th AHC and we are extremely proud to offer this book for sale in our shop.
The foreward by Bill Wolf begins:
‘Over three decades ago the men of the 129th Assault Helicopter Company spent a part of their youth in the distant southeast Asian country of Vietnam in an unpopular war. Helicopter casualties accounted for 10% of the fatalities. Thirty nine members of the 129th did not return. For those that did return, each had to deal with the impact of these losses physically and emotionally.’
What follows is a moving record of personal accounts and photographs from members of the 129th of their time in Vietnam at work and during their time out. Also featured are stories and poems; some humorous, some sad, all extremely moving.
The original publication featured black and white photographs – they are now in full colour.
As Bill Wolf comments ‘ Many of these stories and poems reflect the history of the 129th as much as the ‘official records’ for they offer an insight into the mind of those who have witnessed much. They reflect the daily lives of the crews, their experiences, their tragedies and their honour’.