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Bell UH-1M Iroquois “Huey”

Bell UH-1M Iroquois “Huey”

One of the most iconic symbols of the Vietnam War is the Bell UH-1 “Huey” helicopter. Hueys served throughout the conflict as troop and cargo carriers, air ambulances, and gunships with the US Army, Navy, Air Force, and Marine Corps. Over 7,000 of these helicopters saw use in the war, because the difficult terrain and lack of improved roads in the region made them the fastest way to move people and materials to where they were needed. The use of the Huey in Vietnam set the pattern for “air mobility” in wars of the future.

Early in the conflict, the Army realized that they needed dedicated attack helicopters to support the unarmed troop carrier helicopters. These gunships were heavily armed with machine guns, rockets, and grenade launchers to suppress enemy ground fire during assault landings and act as airborne artillery for troops on the ground. The UH-1M was specifically built for the gunship role, with a more powerful engine and wider rotor blades to carry the weight of the weapons.

This UH-1M was manufactured by Bell Helicopters in 1967 and served two combat tours in Vietnam from 1967 to 1969 with the 9th Air Cavalry Regiment of the 1st Cavalry Division (Airmobile). In 1971 it returned to the US and Bell rebuilt it for service with the Nebraska Army National Guard. After retirement the Army assigned it for use as a target at the White Sands Missile Range.

Col. Bill McPherson had flown this helicopter while serving in Vietnam. He acquired and restored “Sweet Sioux” as a mobile display for parades and military functions. He and Lt. Col. Kenneth Overturf, also a Vietnam War Huey pilot, spent many hours touring the state with the Huey and talking to Vietnam Veterans before donating it to Wings Over the Rockies in 2020.

Aircraft specifications:
Fuselage length: 42 ft 7 in (13 m)
Rotor diameter: 48 ft (14.6 m)
Maximum speed: 144 mph (232 km/h)
Maximum weight: 9,040 lb (4,100 kg)
Engine: Lycoming T-53-L-13, 1,400 hp (1,000 kW)

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Upcoming Events

Tuesday Jul 16
6:00PM TO 7:00PM
Exploration of Flight (Centennial Airport)

Wings Aerospace Exploration Parent/Family Info Night

Wings Aerospace Exploration Parent/Family Info Night
Tuesday, Jul 16, 2024 | 6:00PM to 7:00PM

Full STEAM Ahead – Immerse Your Student into Aerospace!

Join us for an informational session to learn about Wings Aerospace Exploration (WAE), a hands-on enrichment program for students in grades 6-12 from the team at Wings Over the Rockies™. This meeting will take place at Exploration of Flight at Centennial Airport (13005 Wings Way, Englewood, CO 80112).

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WAE students will have the opportunity to explore the wonders of flight, engage with industry professionals, and gain valuable skills for future careers in aerospace. The program includes building and operating RC airplanes, drones and robotics, as well as coding, rocketry and LOTS of other aviation and space related subjects. Wings Aerospace Exploration is an enrichment program and complements but does not take the place of an accredited educational institution. Click here to learn more about the program.

Wings is thrilled to announce the expansion of the WAE pathway to the Exploration of Flight campus at Centennial Airport! For this upcoming 2024/2025 school year, WAE – Centennial will be open to high school students (grades 9-12) and focus on two primary pathways – Drone Pilot Course and Private Pilot Course. Each of the pathways will prepare students to become certified by the FAA. Students in the Drone Pilot Pathway will immerse themselves in the attainment of industry certifications and will have support from at least four industry professionals as mentors, flight instructors and career coaches. The Private Pilot Pathway will provide students with the basic skills to prepare them to become Private Pilots, including flight simulators, ground school, airport operations and more.

Questions, please contact:
Program Coordinator – Nedra Hall 303.360.5360 ext 125

Saturday Jul 27
10:00AM TO 2:00PM
Exploration of Flight (Centennial Airport)

Peaked Automotive Car Show

Peaked Automotive Car Show
Saturday, Jul 27, 2024 | 10:00AM to 2:00PM

Join us for a spectacular day of automobiles on the tarmac! We are partnering with Peaked Automotive Events to display a dazzling array of cars. Come out for a great day to see a variety of vehicles up close, chat with fellow enthusiasts and enjoy delicious food.

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Food Truck: Flavor of Tabasco
*Food is not included with admission.

Saturday Aug 3
9:30AM TO 12:30PM
Exploration of Flight (Centennial Airport)

Breakfast Fly-In

Breakfast Fly-In
Saturday, Aug 3, 2024 | 9:30AM to 12:30PM

Join Wings Over the Rockies Exploration of Flight for monthly fly-ins featuring planes, pilots, speakers and breakfast!

On the first Saturday of every month, enjoy breakfast from a local food truck, watch aircraft fly in and explore interactive exhibits and simulators.

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Pilots – Fly in for free breakfast! For tie-down space, contact or 303.360.5360 ext 160.

Food Truck: Cruz In & Eat

*Weather permitting. Aircraft on display are subject to change. 

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