SEE -- and HEAR -- OUR HUEYS FLY AGAIN!

Why the Huey Restoration and Support Project?

Every Vietnam Veteran knows that sound. Its distinctive throbbing heard from miles away is instantly recognisable and brings back long-ago memories. The Huey helicopter, also known by many Aussies as the Iroquois, was truly the Soundtrack of the Vietnam War.

The HARS Aviation Museum at Albion Park NSW, Australia, is restoring an iconic Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) veteran of the Vietnam War – UH-1H A2-703 – and an ex-Royal Australian Navy (RAN) UH-1B 893 at its helicopter facility in Nowra, NSW.

The Shoalhaven Sub-branch of the Vietnam Veterans Association of Australia (VVAA) is seeking donations, big & small, to help get Huey 703 back in the air for this year’s Vietnam Veterans Day on 18 August 2024.

Along with long-operational ex-Royal Australian Navy (RAN) UH-1B 898 and planned restoration of its sister 893, the restored Huey’s will serve as a mobile monument to honour the courage and commitment of all Vietnam Veterans and those from all three services who flew the beloved helicopter in the Pacific and Middle East. The project will also educate the public about these beloved aircraft and ensure that they live on in history.

Why the Huey Restoration Project?

Every Vietnam Veteran knows that sound. Its distinctive throbbing heard from miles away is instantly recognisable and brings back long-ago memories. The Huey helicopter, also known by many Aussies as the Iroquois, was truly the Soundtrack of the Vietnam War. 

The HARS Aviation Museum at Albion Park NSW, Australia, is restoring an iconic Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) veteran of the Vietnam War – UH-1H A2-703 – at its helicopter facility in Nowra, NSW. 

The Shoalhaven Sub-branch of the Vietnam Veterans Association of Australia (VVAA) is seeking donations, big & small, to help get this Huey back in the air for this year’s Vietnam Veterans Day on 18 August 2024.

The restored Huey will serve as a mobile monument to honour the courage and commitment of all Vietnam and other Veterans throughout Australia and especially in Nowra and the Shoalhaven with its rich military heritage. The project will also educate the public about this beloved aircraft and ensure that it lives on in history. 

How your Donations will help

The Historic Aircraft Restoration Society (HARS) is an all-volunteer non-profit donor-supported organisation to restore and, if possible, fly its huge collection of commercial and military aircraft from Australia’s aviation history.   

Your donations are pivotal to the success of our restoration.  The work is all done by volunteers but funds are urgently needed for helicopter and auxiliary parts, testing and certification, insurance and fuel to get A2-703 back in the air and flying regularly. 

Money raised will also keep the HARS Museum’s long-operational ex-RAN UH-1B Huey 898 in the air and bring its sister 893 back to flying status. 

Benefits of Business and Private Donors

Businesses that contribute to the Huey Project gain valuable advantages. All donations are tax tax-deductible. Supporting the project enhances your company’s image by demonstrating a commitment to social responsibility and community support, crucial aspects of modern corporate ethos, and enhance public support for all our military veterans. Additionally, businesses enjoy increased visibility and appreciation through mentions in newsletters and media releases.  This project also offers unique networking opportunities, connecting your business with veteran groups, community leaders and other businesses through a variety of commemorative and educational events.

Individuals who donate to the Huey Project also benefit with public acknowledgment of your donation on our website and your generosity recognised at special events.

Donating offers a profound sense of personal satisfaction from preserving history and honouring military service, ensuring the legacy of Vietnam Veterans is kept alive. Donors are also provided with regular updates on the project’s progress and are invited to exclusive viewings and ceremonies.This initiative offers a unique opportunity to connect with a community of supporters who are dedicated to making a significant impact in honouring veterans.

See the Huey

Witnessing the Huey helicopter in flight is an awe-inspiring experience that captures the spirit and courage of the Vietnam era like nothing else. The powerful roar of the engine and the distinctive whoop of its blades as it cuts through the sky serve as a living tribute to the veterans who served.

To ensure you don’t miss the chance to see this historic aircraft take to the skies, keep an eye on our News page and follow us on our Facebook page. 

Whether it’s a local parade, an educational exhibit, or an airshow, you’ll find all the information you need to experience the Huey in flight.

See the huey

Witnessing the Huey helicopter in flight is an awe-inspiring experience that captures the spirit and courage of the Vietnam era like nothing else. The powerful roar of the engine and the distinctive whoop of its blades as it cuts through the sky serve as a living tribute to the veterans who served.

To ensure you don’t miss the chance to see this historic aircraft take to the skies, keep an eye on our News page and follow us on our Facebook page. 

Whether it’s a local parade, an educational exhibit, or an airshow, you’ll find all the information you need to experience the Huey in flight.