Air & Space Center to restore Vietnam helicopter

The Connecticut Air & Space Center announced on Nov. 7 that it will begin work on the restoration of a light observation helicopter (LOH) that saw service in Vietnam in 1969.

“We will be restoring this ship to its original color scheme and proper markings,” said Andrew King, Executive Director of the Center, who studied the background of this aircraft for several months and has been in touch with the pilot. He noted the aircraft was acquired from General Administration Services.

The LOH flew transport and courier missions and also reconnaissance missions some of them to flush out small pockets of the enemy from the brush at low altitudes.

“What is a coincidence is one our volunteers may have actually flown on this aircraft as he, the pilot and the aircraft were assigned the second brigade headquarters company of the 101st Airborne Division at the same time.”

King noted the Center has civilian and military aircraft from World War II, Korea and the Cold War and that many are now undergoing restoration at its shop in Stratford,

The Connecticut Air & Space Center is a 501(c) (3) not-for-profit organization dedicated to honoring the pioneers of early aviation history, restoring and preserving examples of the aircraft they flew and educating this and future generations of their aviation history. The Center relies solely on volunteer work and donations for its operation.

A Vietnam era light observation helicopter will be returned to its original markings it wore while  serving in Vietnam. Connecticut Air and Space Center photo.

A Vietnam era light observation helicopter will be returned to its original markings it wore while serving in Vietnam. Connecticut Air and Space Center photo.

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