JUST A FEW COMMENTS FROM OUR WONDERFUL FANS...
I just wanted to take a moment and thank you for your time and conversation with my Dad and Uncle today. They and my mom had the experience of a lifetime. This is something they have always wanted to do. If I didn't mention it to you, a ride in a helicopter was one thing they vowed to do during one of my Uncle's chemo treatments for when my dad recovered from his surgery and he was cancer free. Everyone today was AWESOME! Thanks again and again!!! ---R. Welch
--#1 On the Bucket List
While serving in the Army during the Vietnam War in 1965 my father was wounded and medevac’d on a Huey. My mother would bring this up on occasions during airings of M.A.S.H.. She would also comment about how she wished she had served and flew on a Huey. Thankfully I stumbled across this site while searching for the possibility of making this happen. This was supposed to be a surprise, as far as my mother was concerned, we just stumbled across the hanger during our trip to Florida. She was excited to see the Huey up close and teared up when she learned there was a “possibility” of actually going up in one. We went through the whole process of signing forms and setting up flights “just in case she was able to load up”. She did in fact go aboard, surprised by the fact because she went up with the first group! Ecstatic is the word to describe what I say when she disembarked! Number one on the Bucket List checked off!
I need to say thank you to the whole crew, especially Ms. Allie for making this happen. From the time we entered the hanger until my mother climbed on the Huey, everyone was very willing to play along and make this a surprise. To a very friendly, courteous and professional group of individuals, Bravo Zulu and Semper Fi! ---K. Crickmore
--Cobra Ride at Dayton:
When I was 10, my family went to the Patton Museum at Ft. Knox, KY. Inside the gift shop was a model of the AH-1 Cobra gunship. I managed to talk my Dad into purchasing it for me and since that day, I have dreamed of flying in a Cobra. My wife and kids pooled their money together and bought me my dream flight at the Dayton Air Show. It was everything I hoped it would be and more. It was amazing and I am still on cloud 9 thinking about it. Thank you for making this possible. I will never forget the experience.
--Vectron-Dayton Air Show 2017, Erik, 6-24-17:
Awesome! The whole crew was fantastic. This is the second time I've gone up with my 13 year old niece, Sky. Besides a flight in a buddy's ultralight those are her only flight experiences. I imagine that when she flies commercial, she'll find it boring. You guys keep coming, we'll keep flying. :D
--Vectron-Dayton Air Show 2017, Scott, 6-25-17:
Just wanted to drop a quick line and let you know that your organization runs a top-notch show. I took two of my grandkids on our first flight on the UH1. Completely awesome! Thank you to both you and the staff at the air show for the excellent ride, service and all around fun! Thanks again.
A return customer for sure!
--Vectron-Dayton Air Show 2017, Jessica, 6-25-17:
What an amazing, thrilling ride it was! The staff was wonderful as well. Thank you for keeping this history alive. Riding today makes me even more amazed at what our military does for us. Thank you!
--Vectron-Dayton Air Show 2017, Randy 6/24/17:
Took the Huey flight with my 4-year-old son and 12-year-old grandson today it was one of the greatest experiences of my life!
--Vectron-Dayton Air Show 2017, Shelly 6/24/17:
Yesterday at the Vectren Dayton Airshow my boyfriend and I did a Huey ride along. It was my first time EVER being in a helicopter of any kind. We were seated in the door gunners side, so I had a view of the outside world the whole time. From start to finish of the journey, the crew and all personnel were amazing!! I couldn't have asked for a better experience and to top it off, I had fun! Thanks for the chance to see a side of military history that not everyone gets to see. Also, thank you to all the crew and other personnel for their service and for all the information and history shared.
--Vectron-Dayton Air Show 2017, Mike 6/24/17:
Flown with these guys twice had a blast both times and everyone was super nice, fun for the whole family.
--Vectron-Dayton Air Show 2017, Marion 6/24/17:
I have spent several years as a crew chief on this wonderful aircraft in many army units. It takes a special breed to enjoy it. I want to thank the men and women who brought the aircraft to the Dayton air show June 24-25. It was very emotional to see them still in the air. Your group rewound the clock for me for a few minutes. All I can say is thank you and be safe.
--Vectron-Dayton Air Show 2017, Chris 6/24/17
Rode with you guys last summer in the Huey at Port Clinton, Ohio. Please come back sometime. I purchased one of your ball caps and wear it most the time. Love what you guys and gals are doing! 😉👍
--Vectron-Dayton Air Show 2017, Bev 6/24/17
Can hardly wait to ride with you again at the Monroe air show! Thank you so much for keeping them in the air!
--Vectron-Dayton Air Show 2017, Kelly 6/24/17
If you get a chance to fly with these guys, DO IT! Nothing else like it.
--Vectron-Dayton Air Show 2017, Pancho 6/25/17
I took my 13-year-old son and his friend on Huey load #7 Saturday. They both were wide eyed and got to experience living history in unique and sensory overloading ways. They enjoyed it very much (almost as much as me), and are still talking about it. It was money well spent with a first-class organization; please keep up the good work!
--Vectron-Dayton Air Show 2017, Dave 6/25/17
Great Huey ride with my son. I have got to save up for Cobra next time!!
--Vectron-Dayton Air Show 2017, Pete, 6-25-17:
I just wanted to let you all know how thankful I am for the opportunity to ride in the AH-1F Cobra today with my father. Your staff was genuinely excited when I walked up and said I had been planning on this trip for 8 years and finally saved up the extra cash to make the flight. They went above and beyond to help make the dream really come true when they helped my dad into the aircraft and shared the experience with me today. You guys rock and he is so thankful too. Strong work! God Bless!
--Vectron-Dayton Air Show 2017, Dave, 6-25-17
It was so awesome. I loved it! This was a late Father's Day gift from my son-in-law. I will tell all my friends to try this. I want to thank everyone of you for your service. I give this show a thumbs up and salute you. God bless you all.
--Vectron-Dayton Air Show 2017, Penny, 6-25-17:
IT WAS AMAZING!! Admittedly, I have a fear of heights and grabbed the metal bar on the seat as soon as we started going up. As we continued to go up and bank, my eyes got as big as saucers I'm sure. Although I knew I was safe with the pilot in charge, I still had "white knuckles" for the entire flight. I would fly again in a heartbeat. Thank you for your service and continued help in educating people. Thank you again for a wonderful time!
--Vectron-Dayton Air Show 2017, Nik, 6-26-17:
I just wanted to say thank you for your service to everyone; it's not said nearly enough. You guys truly are amazing heroes and the Huey ride was awesome. Thank you. Everyone was very nice and a special thanks to our pilot for letting my son know when the drops were coming. My husband and other son loved the Cobra rides also.
--Trail of Honor Event, Jackson, MS
Oh my goodness, this was a life event!!! The level of professionalism made the (Huey) ride an incredible experience. To actually sit in the seat and see what our dedicated military does for all of us is truly humbling. These folks literally perch in harm's way to protect and defend us. Thank you for this opportunity to experience a tiny glimpse into military life. We are blessed beyond measure by you. May no one forget the sacrifices you make on a daily basis. Thank you again for letting us see fun in your job!!!
--Beaufort Air Show
A big thank you to all of the veterans and volunteers at the Beaufort Air Show on 29 April 17. The Huey ride was amazing and awesome... unforgettable. My uncle was a machine gunner on the Hueys during his two tours in Vietnam. My dad was KIA in Vietnam 5 June 1965--Sgt. Hugh J. Sullivan Jr., USMC, 1st Battalion, 3rd Marines, C Company. I was 4 months old. I know my dad was smiling and flying with me last Saturday. Thank you all. I will take another ride at the next Beaufort Air Show. God Bless and Semper Fi.
We had amazing time riding in the Huey. Everyone was so friendly and helpful. We can't wait to come back and ride in the Cobra.
--AAHF Hangar Tour
Today was Awesome!!! My 10 family members who went up on a Huey ride absolutely loved it. Everyone at AAHF made Wayne's 70th birthday so special. We all can't thank you enough. We are recommending you to everyone ! What a grand day it was. I hope you all keep up the good work !!!
When I was in the Army from 1962 to 1965, I was with the 101st Airborne Division, 327th Infantry Battalion, "Above the Rest", which later became 1st Brigade, 2nd Battalion 327th, HHQ Co., 101st Airborne Division, Ft. Campbell, KY. During that time, one of the aircraft that we jumped from were Huey's. They have a distinct sound, different from other helicopters. It is a workhorse and I even sky dived from them. It had been 52 years since I had been on a UH-1. As we lifted off, I remember that at times we would sit on the edge with our feet hanging out. I also remembered when we "jumped" the HUEY, the "prop blast" was downward unlike an airplane. It was a treat, as I felt young again, as my mind went back to that time so long ago. It took me back 55 years! Thanks.
--Lucky Star Ride
Not only was the ride up to your organization's high standards, but I also really enjoyed talking with the pilots and other staff after the ride! I absolutely loved all of the fantastic stories I heard, some of which are already featured on your website. Today's ride, however, was a very special day for me and my cousin and her son. They lost their husband and father a couple of years ago, and getting them out there for today's show and especially the ride on "Lucky Star" had a very positive impact on their lives, and it did me good to see them so happy and truly enjoying themselves. I go to the Thunder in the Valley Air Show in Columbus, GA every year, and every year, I take a ride on the beloved Huey. It was extremely gratifying to be able to share my passion with them, and I can't say how much I appreciate you guys and gals for making it happen!
--Air Show Ride
We went to the air show today knowing that they were offering Huey flights. I thought I’d like to ride. Well, I am very glad that we decided to! My daddy & I went up. It was both of our first time in a helicopter. I have always had the utmost respect for our service men & women! Especially Vietnam Vets (I guess maybe because they didn`t get a very warm welcome when they returned home)! Well, we were not disappointed at all! From the ground crew telling us stories from Vietnam and about other people’s flights, to the pilot and the awesome flight he took us on!! For just a minute, we got a very small taste of what our guys must have felt all those years ago! It is definitely a once in a lifetime experience and all of these guys do an excellent job bringing it to the public! Keep up the good work and keep those birds flying! And last but certainly not least, I want to say a HUGE THANK YOU TO EACH AND EVERY ONE PAST & PRESENT THAT HAVE SERVED OUR COUNTRY!!!
-- Tico Air Show
Recently, I had the honor and pleasure of riding in both the Huey and Cobra helicopters during media day at the TICO Warbird Airshow. I was in awe! I enjoyed it so much that I wanted my daughters, ages 9 and 12, to experience it as well. We took the Huey ride at the airshow and they both will remember it for a long time. Thanks so much to the AAHF for giving us the opportunity to experience aircraft that have been so important in our country's history. A special thanks also to everyone involved in the flights; you are truly special people.
--Titusville (TICO) Air Show - 3/12/17
Having been born and raised U.S. Army (1958-1976) I have always been fascinated with all things military. This is the reason why I attend airshows which feature past and present military aviation. I suppose it has been 10 yrs. or so since my first UH-1 ride and it was just as much fun yesterday (my 5th ride) as was my first. The guys and gals that fly and support the Sky Soldiers Demonstration Team do such an outstanding job of keeping alive the memories of these warbirds by displaying a true love for what they do. My dad didn't fly helicopters when he was serving, but he was a patriot and proud to have served. I got the same feeling being around the Huey team yesterday, they are all patriots. I have told others of what you offer knowing there is nothing like it ANYWHERE! What a day and what a ride - Keep them flying Sky Soldiers!
--Civilian Huey & Cobra Ride - 1/14/17
Richard J Sitman, Sr.
I enjoyed my flight. The flight crews and other personnel volunteering that day were there to answer any questions I had about the history of the vehicles and the flight as to what to expect. I especially was impressed with all the information our pilot, Joe Wade, gave to me that day. Both my wife and myself rode the Huey and it was an experience we will never forget. I have a deep respect for those who flew in Vietnam. Kudos to everyone! A special thank you to Major (Ret) Allie Osuch, Operations Manager, for coordinating this event for us.
AAHF Atlanta Hangar - 1/14/17
I was a crew chief in Vietnam for two years and have dealt with PTSD for too many years. With grave reservations my wife and I surprised our son and grandson (turning 16) with a Huey ride for their birthdays. I had NO intentions of strapping one on my back side EVER! Well, I was put in a position I could not say no. These men and women of the AAHF are fabulous. Not only was the ride great but being able to spend time, conversation and love with these brothers was something no amount of therapy can do. There were tears shed before, during and after the ride. The kids summed it up on the way home when they said this is the best birthday present ever and Grandpa, I will never forget this!!!!! AAHF, I will never forget this!!!!!!
Personal Comment - 12/13/16
The most professional group of patriotic men and women I have encountered since my retirement! Looking forward to my fourth flight! Signal out, can you identify? Thanks, jp
Warbirds Over Monroe - 11-13-16
Hands down the most professional group of veterans and civilians I've met during one of these events. My nephew and I thoroughly enjoyed the ride on the Bell UH-1 Huey Iroquois. Making a hard decision not to serve my country in our military, I've wondered over the years what the experience would be like and it was all that I imagined. Thank you to the men and women of this foundation for providing us (civilians) an experience in to what it feels like to ride in one of these great aircraft and also...Thank you to my wife for allowing me the opportunity to mark off one on my bucket list.
Warbirds Over Monroe - 11-13-16
Thanks to the vets and Huey crew! Took my 8 year old on his 1st Huey ride and my 1st in 30 years. What a blast! Job well done!
Monroe Air Show - 11-13-16
My Grandson and I rode a Huey today at the Monroe Warriors and Warbirds Air Show and Salute to Veterans. Many things came to mind while riding. Many young men had their last ride on that machine and many saved the lives of countless others after they got off. I thank all who served for my freedom in the USA and the World. The ride was great and the whole crew was great.
November 6, 2016 - Stuart air show
Had a fantastic , exhilarating ride. Over the Indian River, St.Lucie inlet. Fantastic view, overall great experience .
11/06/2016 - Stuart Air Show
What an awesome experience. Every year I go to the airshow and take a ride in the Huey. I feel such a sense of pride just looking at it, and meeting all of our veterans. Thank you veterans for your service and thank you for an experience that will last a lifetime
11/5/16 - Stuart Air Show
Thanks for having the show here in Stuart, FL! We had a great time and the guys were very friendly and knowledgeable. It was nice hearing their stories, and the helicopter rides were awesome! Look forward to next year!
11/5/16 - Stuart Air Show
I brought my 7 year old son and 73 year old dad to the airshow and bought a Huey ride for us. My dad is a veteran of the US Army and USCG and a 38-year law enforcement officer. It was a treat to share that awesome experience with him and my son. Your crew was excellent, humorous and personable. In a random accident, my dad bumped his head, causing a nasty scrape. Your crew responded with such care and concern. It was more than just concern for liability,but actual compassion for a customer and fellow veteran. I loved it. My boy loved it, and we will definitely see you at the next show!
November 5, 2016 - Stuart Air Show
Today my brothers and mom went to The Stuart Airshow. My brother Tommy and my Mom who is 74 years old got the chance to take a helicopter ride on the Huey 354 aircraft. This was one of those moments you will always look back on and remember what an incredible experience we had together. The thrill of flying in this machine and watching the joy of everyone made it a special day for all. The staff and volunteers were great with explanation of instruction as well as funny and friendly. Thanks to all of you for giving my family a moment to have fun and build another special memory. The ride was priceless and we are very blessed to have you providing these services to the public!
October 30, 2016 - Wings Over North Georgia
Discovered the Wings Over North Georgia (WONG) Air Show via Periscope showing the Thunderbirds arriving at Dobbins, AFB, researching Thunderbirds 2016 shows, seeing Rome, GA listed, to discovering WONG, to seeing that Army Aviation Heritage Foundation was giving rides on the Huey and the Cobra. I was privileged to have had my first ride approximately 5 years ago in Tuscaloosa, AL. I could not wait to take my 9 year old son on his first helicopter ride. My wife, son, and myself had an incredible ride. We were on the first ride of the day. That is all he could talk about the rest of the day. Thank you for the awesome opportunity to experience this again. Hope to ride in the future.
10/30/16 - Wings Over North Georgia
Absolutely wonderful! Really brought history to life. Even if I didn't personally fly in the aircraft, they provide an amazing atmosphere just by being there. Hearing the distinct sound of a Huey is an amazing thing to experience, as well as getting the unique opportunity to fly in a peice of history.
10/15/16 - Visit to AAHF headquarters
My good friend, Paul Rizzo, has always told me that flying in a Huey was on the top of his "bucket list". When he turned 60 this past weekend, I was able to arrange that ride for him with Fred Edwards and the AAHF. Paul's brother, WO1 John Rizzo, was killed in action while flying a Huey in Vietnam on January 14, 1970. This was our way of honoring John and fulfilling Paul's dream. We had great weather and a great flight! The folks at the AAHF could not have been more welcoming and we will never forget the experience.
Henry County Convention and Visitors Bureau shoot
Craig Miller - Craig Miller Productions
I wanted to send a personal Thank You note for your time during our Henry County Convention and Visitors Bureau shoot. It was a successful shoot and we’re particularly Thankful for your assistance and access. Also you made it memorable and fun by giving Alex a ride. We also found the Henry County Area inviting and very friendly. Not to mention all the amazing things to do that an entire family can enjoy. All the locations we visited were very accommodating and many people helped to gather talent, feed and house us, and went out of the way to make the shoot great. The Army Aviation Heritage Foundation is an exceptional experience. Thanks again for all your hospitality and please call us if we can ever be of assistance.
Sept 17, 2016 - Lawrenceburg, TN Fly In
I have never flown in a helicopter before, but have wanted to for some time. Thanks to the Army Avocation Heritage Foundation, I was able to have my ride in a helicopter yesterday. It was just awesome!! A little scary, but in a good way!! Every one of the people putting on the event were the greatest!! Thank you again!!
17 Sept 2016 - Lawrenceburg, TN Fly In
We had a great flight; it was my Uncles first flight in a helicopter and we had a blast. The crew was awesome, ground crew as well, as flight crews were top notch. Very informative and helpful and we even got a great picture of our family home that is located next to the airport. Highly recommend if you get a chance to go for a ride with this great group of guys, do it!
September 10, 2016 - Crossville TN air show
First time in a Huey! Should be named WOOO WEEE! Thought I was afraid of heights BUT THIS WAS SOOOOOOO AWESOME! And riding "gunner" put me at the edge, so to speak. Three months shy of 70 and I'd do it again. Makes me sorry I didn't sign up 50 years ago. THANK YOU VERY MUCH!