Former Pilot Gives Huey Chopper Tours to Thank Veterans

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Most people never get around to the experience of flying inside a historically famous Huey military helicopter, but if it’s something you’d like to do, here’s one opportunity.

A former chopper pilot in Carroll, Iowa who happens to fly one of these extremely iconic helicopters has made plans to host an event called “For the Brave”. Attendees will be able to take flights across western Iowa for $80 each.

The event isn’t just your ordinary profit-seeking venture by a pilot and his bird. Jeff Dentlinger, the flier, and organizer in question is timing For the Brave to coincide with the anniversary of September 11th. He will be using the Huey, which is run by the Alabama Friends of Aviation, for paid flights, but with an added twist:

He’s also inviting former military personnel and their families to attend and hop on as co-passengers for a free ride of their own sponsored by him.

According to Dentlinger, “That’s really the point. These guys will have a lot of fun with their families and friends there which really gives a thank you back to everybody, back to World War II on up that never got the thank you that they deserve.”

Further information about the event, its prices, and hours are available on the Facebook page of the Patriot Peak Foundation, a charity run by Dentlinger.

Flights will be on a first-come, first-serve basis and check-ins will start before 2 p.m.

Huey helicopters aren’t officially called Hueys. The nickname has become ubiquitous for a chopper that’s formally known as the Bell UH-1 Iroquois, a type of military utility helicopter that has been extremely popular for both civilian, police, and military aviation for decades. T

Today, refurbished Hueys are still commonly used for civilian helicopter tours by private helicopter charter companies, emergency rescue services, and police departments throughout the world.

Despite its age, the Bell UH-1 “Huey” delivers robust performance specifications for most civilian and police uses. It’s tough, versatile, and offers plenty of cabin space for passengers or emergency rescue evacuees. With a maximum speed of 135 miles per hour and a range of just over 300 miles, the Huey can be equally useful for regional rescue operations, or unique things such as charity event air tours.

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