A UH-1 Huey Helicopter with the tail number 68-15532 traveled across the states from Bennington, Vermont to Bennington, Nebraska on the back of a Freight 4 All, Inc. truck. Roger, a 70-year-old Iowa native, drove the truck with the “Bird of Mercy” on the back over 1300 miles along Interstate 90 through Vermont, New York, Pennsylvania, and Ohio and Interstate 80 through Illinois and Iowa. It took a 2-day detour to Lake View, Iowa to let Roger rest, then it was back on the road again via Highway 30, Interstate 29, and Highway 36 to Bennington, Nebraska. Along the way, Roger reported multiple people stopping to take pictures and ask about the #hueyonahighway. Roger was also excited to meet a UH-1 Huey helicopter pilot from the Vietnam War. Follow the restoration project of the UH-1 Huey 68-15532 on Facebook and Instagram. If you are interested in volunteering for #OperationRestoreHuey contact NVVMF.
UH-1 Huey 68-15532 Service in Vietnam
The UH-1 Huey Helicopter tail number 68-15532 came into service April 1969. It joined the 3rd Brigade, 1st Cavalry Division in Quan Loi, Vietnam. While part of the 3rd Brigade, 68-15532 flew 478 hours in support of operations from April ’69 to October ’69. Then, it joined the 229th Aviation Battalion (Assault Helicopters) in January ’70. Over the next 21 months, 68-15532 flew 2,262 hours with two reported incidents with zero wounded. It deployed for a short stint, only 73 hours, with the 244th Assault Helicopter Company in October ’71 and another 18 hours with the 114th Assault Helicopter Company before it landed with the 48th Assault Helicopter Company. During its time with the 48th AHC, 68-15532 flew 202 hours. The last flight for 68-15532 was in August ’72, when it was transferred to the 142nd Transportation Company. In the end, 68-15532 flew a total 3180 hours in Vietnam and returned to Texas almost unscathed. There is no record of it ever flying after serving 4 years in Vietnam, however it has spent a lot of time on highways across the United States. Check out the travel across the United States … #hueyonahighway.