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TROY to be home to UH-1 Iroquois “Huey”

Workers set a crane to remove the UH-1 Iroquois from its display (photo/Jonathan Sellers)

Workers set a crane to remove the UH-1 Iroquois from its display (photo/Jonathan Sellers)

Troy University will soon be home to a UH-1 Iroquois, a helicopter more commonly known as a “Huey.”

Troy University received the Vietnam-era aircraft thanks to a donation from the Alabama Department of Transportation with help from the Friends of Army Aviation.

“Our goal is to be able to show this to people, to talk about its history,” said retired Air Force Maj. Gen. Walter Givhan, Senior Vice Chancellor for Advancement and Economic Development.

“This aircraft actually flew in Vietnam. It will allows us to use it as a touchstone for talking about what that meant and for the veterans who came before,” added Givhan.

Maj. Gen. Walter Givhan (Ret) holds the sign of the UH-1 Iroquois before the helicopter is taken on the road.
Maj. Gen. Walter Givhan (Ret) holds the sign for the UH-1 Iroquois.

The “Huey” sat as a static display at the Alabama Welcome Center on US Highway 231 south of Dothan since the 1970s.

After removal, the helicopter was transported to Bell Helicopter in Ozark where it will be painted and restored.

It will eventually come to Troy to be put on display in front of the ROTC building.

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