Corpus Christi Depot's UH-1H "Huey" Send-Off
June 17, 2011
Corpus Christi Army Depot
Public Affairs Office
WHAT: Corpus Christi Army Depot’s UH-1H “Huey” Send-off: last flight of CCAD’s Huey being transferred to New Jersey US Army Communication Electronics Research and Development Engineering Center
WHEN: Tuesday, June 21st, 2:30 p.m. CDT.
WHERE: CCAD Flightline, west of Hangar 47, Naval Air Station Corpus Christi
RSVP TO: Ed Mickley, no later than Monday, June 20th at noon.
361-961-3627 (office), 361-438-2293 (cell), firstname.lastname@example.org
MEET: Media should arrive at South Gate (Flour Bluff Entrance) no later than
2:00 p.m. Tuesday, June 21st.
The Corpus Christi Army Depot is sending off its last Huey, June 21, 2011 at 2:30 p.m., to commemorate and say good-bye to the depot’s last UH-1H Iroquois helicopter, affectionately known as the Huey.
The Huey’s history with the Army spans more than 50 years, being used heavily during the Vietnam War. The helicopter holds a special place for soldiers who served then and now. The familiar sound of the rotor blades revives many heartfelt memories.
Introduced during 1959, the Huey’s numbers grew to more than 7,000 in Vietnam and more than 16,000 worldwide.
Many helicopters spent time at CCAD getting repaired or overhauled after flying and fighting during the Vietnam era up and through 1970s and ‘80s. The UH-1 is being phased out, after officially being retired by the U.S. Army last month at Ft. Rucker’s Aviation Center of Excellence. This will be the last Huey to leave the depot.
This particular helicopter was assigned to the Depot Commander and now will be transferred US Army Communication Electronics Research and Development Engineering Center (CERDEC) Flight Activity at Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst NJ. The unit performs research and development flight testing of new emerging Technologies for the Army and test Communication, Navigation, Electronic Warfare systems, Radars and other sensors.
**Media wishing to attend need to contact CCAD Public Affairs at 361-438-2293 no later than noon. June 20, 2011. Media will be met at NAS South Gate (Flour Bluff Entrance) 2:00 p.m. June 21, and escorted to the flight line for the event. See map for location.