Vietnam helicopter finds new home in Amarillo

Vietnam helicopter finds new home in Amarillo

Amarillo, TX -  Amarillo is now home to a historic Vietnam-era UH-1 helicopter.

Randall County Judge Ernie Houdashell arrived in Amarillo from Tucson Saturday afternoon to deliver the aircraft.

The helicopter served in Vietnam from 1969 to 1971, logging more than 1,800 flight hours.

The aircraft will be restored and then donated to the Panhandle War Memorial, where it will be put on display.

"It's just a good trip," said Houdashell. "As you can tell there's a lot of emotion. Some patriots met us out at the state line and rode in with us. But this helicopter, it will take us a few months to get ready. But it will be at the Texas Panhandle War Memorial and it will be pointed right toward Vietnam."

The National Museum of the United States Air Force decided to donate the helicopter to Randall County after seeing the Panhandle's plans to restore, display and honor the aircraft.