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History takes flight in Hampton
Army Aviation Heritage Foundation & Flying Museum
offers rides in restored aircraft

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displays of artifacts, such as uniforms and equipment, and
through narrated video presentations of patriotic flights.
But for many aviation and military enthusiasts the highlight
is the opportunity to take rides in these helicopters-flown and
manned by veterans who served in these aircraft-at air shows,
special events and regular flight days at the Hampton hangar.
"We take these aircraft out, show them to the public and let
the public appreciate what the aircraft did for their nation at one
time," says Fred Edwards, former president and chief of operations for the foundation. "They get a chance to actually ride in
the aircraft, which is so unique for the public."
Flights replicate how the helicopters would have
been used in military action.
"When we fly, we try to make this as
real as possible, so we fly with the doors
open," Edwards says. "You'll be able to
look out at the ground."
For those taking flight in
the Cobra, expect a few combat
maneuvers.
"These aircraft are probably a

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hile Hampton may be well-known for highspeed thrills at Atlanta Motor Speedway, there's
more than one way to get your adrenaline flowing
in this otherwise quiet town. The Army Aviation Heritage Foundation & Flying Museum is working to bring attention to the
American soldiers who fought for their country from the air.
Composed of veterans, their families and numerous volunteers, the Army Aviation Heritage Foundation (AAHF) actively
seeks out and restores historic Army aircraft from the Vietnam
War era to today. These include Bell AH-1F Cobra helicopters, Bell UH-1H Huey helicopters and a Cessna O-1 Bird Dog
airplane.
The Legacy Chapter in Hampton is the
largest chapter of the AAHF, which also
has chapters in St. Louis and Phoenix.
On select days, visitors to the
Hampton hangar can see these
aircraft and learn about their
history from AAHF members and
volunteers. Visitors also will learn
about military aviation through

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Top center: Lee Stuart and John Phillips bump fists before a flight.
Above: The Army Aviation Heritage Foundation is an all-volunteer
organization composed of veterans, their families and civilians.
Shown here are some of the volunteers who are also veterans.

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In addition to seeing Army aircraft up-close, visitors to the Army
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Aviation Heritage
Foundation headquarters in Hampton can learn
about the history of the American soldier through displays of vintage
uniforms and equipment.

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