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VISIT HENRY COUNTY, GA

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'We take these aircraft out,
show them to the public and let
the public appreciate what the
aircraft did for their nation at
-Fred Edwards
one time.'

Above: A Bell UH-1H Huey and a Bell
AH-1F Cobra sit outside the Hampton
hangar. Right: Vietnam War veteran
David Rayburn gets a bird's-eye view of
the landscape during a flight.

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little more powerful than anything you've flown in before, and you can hear
that power," Edwards says. "You can hear it, you can feel it when you're
flying the things-and these things have been replaced by even-morepowerful helicopters in the military."
The experience of flying in the aircraft is enriched further by stories
told by the veterans about their military service.
However, for veterans, experiencing the aircraft again can be much
more than just a thrill ride.
"It also serves as a-we like to call it a 'healing factor'-for some of the
Vietnam veterans who are facing postwar issues," Edwards says. "I've seen
grown men touch that aircraft and break down crying. It means something
to everybody in a different way. And it means something to us because we
get to bring them out to the public and show what the aircraft are capable
of doing."
It's not uncommon for potential riders to be nervous before the flights,
and these veterans and volunteers do everything they can to put each
person at ease.
"I've been doing this for three years, and what's amazing to me is I've
seen almost 30,000 people get off these aircraft, and I've never seen a single
one mad, upset, complaining, sick-none," Edwards says. "They get on
there nervous, and they get off with a big smile on their face. Every single
time."
Karon Warren is a freelance writer from Ellijay.

When you go
The Army Aviation Heritage Foundation & Flying Museum at 506 Speedway
Blvd. in Hampton is open Tuesdays through Saturdays from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Tours of the museum are free. For more information, call (770) 897-0444 or visit
armyav.org.

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Take flight!

To take a ride with the Army Aviation
Heritage Foundation, check the event calendar
at armyav.org. From March through November,
the foundation appears at numerous air shows
around the country. Air-show rides are available
to the public on a first-come, first-served basis,
and presales are available. Fares help cover the
costs of restoring and maintaining the aircraft as
well as fuel and insurance.
Two upcoming opportunities in Georgia
include World War II Days, Sept. 12-13 at the
Commemorative Air Force Dixie Wing Warbird
Museum in Peachtree City and Wings Over North
Georgia, Oct. 24-25 at Richard B. Russell Regional
Airport in Rome.
Personal rides also can be arranged through
the Legacy Chapter's Hampton hangar. For
details, visit armyav.org/rides-programs.

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