Part of the Eddie Adams: Vietnam exhibition On view Aug. 18 – Aug. 20, 2015 Public reception Aug. 18, 6 – 8 p.m.
Dublin Arts Council (DAC) is partnering with Vietnam Veterans of America Chapter 55 and City of Dublin to bring a UH-1B “Huey” helicopter that flew in Vietnam to the DAC grounds, 7125 Riverside Dr., in Dublin for public exhibition Aug. 18 though Aug. 20. The helicopter and its accompanying graphic arts trailer will be on view during a free public reception Tuesday Aug. 18 from 6 to 8 p.m. Public display will continue, free of charge, Aug. 19 and 20 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. each day.
The Huey helicopter display is brought to Dublin Arts Council in conjunction with the photography exhibition Eddie Adams: Vietnam, a collection of 50 rarely-viewed photographs of the Vietnam War by Pulitzer prize-winning photographer Eddie Adams in honor of the 50th Vietnam War Commemoration year. The exhibition is on view through Sept. 11 at Dublin Arts Council and will be open during the Huey’s display. The exhibition is also free of charge.
Vietnam Veterans of America Chapter 55, based in Newark, Ohio, received the helicopter from the Ohio National Guard in 1988. The helicopter entered United States Army inventory in 1967 and served in the Republic of Vietnam from March 1968 until July 1970, earning five battle stars during its deployment. According to the blog Airman Online, the helicopter’s 1956 designation of HU-1 led to the nickname of Huey. The designation was changed to UH-1 in 1962, but Huey remained in common use. Approximately 7,000 UH-1 aircraft saw service in Vietnam.
The graphic arts trailer that carries the Huey was transformed from an ordinary utility trailer as a rehabilitation project by an inmate at the Mansfield Correctional Facility. Together with the helicopter, the display is used as an educational tool and outreach to veterans of all eras to fulfill the Chapter’s mission of reaching out to as many veterans and their families as possible while living up to the motto of the Vietnam Veterans of America; “Never again will one generation of veterans abandon another.”
Eddie Adams: Vietnam is supported in part by grants from City of Dublin, Puffin Foundation West, Ohio Arts Council and Ohio Alliance for Arts Education, with in-kind support from Roto, Syntero and Ohio Department of Veterans Services. Dublin Arts Council’s Visual Arts Series catering sponsor is Party Panache.