Even during the busiest times of my life I have endeavored to maintain some
form of model building activity. This site has been created to help me chronicle
my journey through a lifelong involvement in model aviation, which
all began in Mayo, MD
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Huey Helicopter Ride at the 2014 Winston-Salem Airshow
It is always hard to pass up a ride in a
vintage aircraft. Usually, the price is not too awfully high, so on the rare occasion
that Melanie and I go to an airshow, we try to be sure to fly in something. Last
summer (2013), we rode on one of the 11 flying
Ford Trimotors left
in the world when it was visiting Erie Airport in Pennsylvania. The cost was an
incredibly affordable $75 each, so we couldn't resist. This time we were at the
airshow in Winston-Salem, North Carolina, and there was a crew with a
Bell "Huey" UH-1 Iroquois
(tail number 354)
and a Bell AH-1 Cobra.
Rides were being offered at $65 per person. Who can pass that up? Not me. I can't
imagine what it was like for our nation's soldiers who rode into and out of battle
in these craft. The distinctive "whop-whop-whop" of the rotor blades is as much
of a trademark as the "potato-potato-potato" sound of the
So, without further adieu, here in the condensed footage of our ride.