FORT HOOD — After getting a gunshot wound under his left arm and shrapnel in his right elbow, Maj. Charles Sweeney heard the shuttering of helicopter rotors in the Tay Ninh province along the Cambodian border.

The retired major knew he’d be dead if it wasn’t for the Huey helicopter pilot who medevaced him to safety during the Vietnam War.

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alohagriff

These Great Americans might be pleased to hear the U.S. Air Force continues to operate a fleet of 60-odd UH-1N aircraft to support utility lift requirements, and a squadron of 28 TH-1H helicopters at Ft Rucker which support USAF rotary wing pilot training. The TH-1H is a UH-1H with the Huey II upgrade, an overhauled engine, and refurbished airframe.
http://www.af.mil/information/factsheets/factsheet.asp?id=130
http://www.robins.af.mil/shared/media/photodb/photos/080612-F-0000R-100.jpg

UH-1 Air Warrior

Sad day for the Army. Had the honor of leading fellow "Huey" aviators and warriors in Korea as well Central America. She never let her crew or her passengers down. When the Blackhawk was down, we could always count on this venerable and honorable aircraft to accomplish the mission. It is a testament to the Engineers, Design, Air Crew and warriors of days gone by that the USMC is still utilizing this aircraft.

Thanks for always bringing us back!!!

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