Connecticut Air & Space Center to restore Vietnam Era helicopter

Rescuing a Hero - The Hughes OH-6A 67-16477 was operated by the Westchester County Police Aviation Unit for almost 20 years. - Westchester County Police Officer Brian Powers, CASC Volunteer Raymond Miller, Executive Director Andrew King and Westchester County Police Officer & Pilot Sean Lonergan

Rescuing a Hero – The Hughes OH-6A 67-16477 was operated by the Westchester County Police Aviation Unit for almost 20 years. – Westchester County Police Officer Brian Powers, CASC Volunteer Raymond Miller, Executive Director Andrew King and Westchester County Police Officer & Pilot Sean Lonergan

November 14, 2014 – The Connecticut Air & Space Center announced today it will begin work on the restoration of a light observation helicopter (LOH), Hughes OH-6A 67-16477, that saw service in Vietnam in 1969.

“We will be restoring this ship to its original color scheme and proper markings,”
said Andrew King, Executive Director of the Center, who studied the background of this aircraft for several months and has been in touch with the pilot. He noted the aircraft was acquired from General Services Administration .

The LOH flew transport and courier missions and also reconnaissance missions some of them to flush out small pockets of the enemy from the brush at low altitudes.

“What is a coincidence is one our volunteers may have actually flown on this aircraft as he, the pilot and the aircraft were assigned the second brigade headquarters company of the 101st Airborne Division at the same time.”

King noted the Center has civilian and military aircraft from World War II, Korea and the Cold War and that many are now undergoing restoration at its shop in Stratford, Connecticut.

The Connecticut Air & Space Center is a 501( c ) (3) not-for-profit organization dedicated to honoring the pioneers of early aviation history, restoring and preserving examples of the aircraft they flew and educating this and future generations of their aviation history. The Center relies solely on volunteer work and donations for its operation.

Media please contact
Ron Kurtz
CASC Public Relations
Mark6268@sbcglobal.net

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