Brothers.....I caught a recent NCIS show about a retired Navy Chief,
who was a supporter of the Naval Museum, and a shot of the museum
showed a Huey hanging from the ceiling, with NAVY on the tail and
what looked like a round logo on the nose door. Is this a real
image at the real museum? Just wondered, it would be nice
Regards and Blessings Rev. Don Poole
Not really our helo, but belonged to HAL-5. On display at National Museum of Naval Aviation, Pensacola, FL and painted as HAL-3 helo with side# 301. (appears to have changed now in this NCIS Sequence to Side# 313) The Museum's HH-1K, (Bureau Number 157188) flew primarily with HA(L)-5, a Naval Air Reserve squadron supporting SEAL operations, before its retirement in 1989. Though HA(L)-3 did fly the HH-1K in Vietnam, the display helicopter was painted and outfitted with a weapons load to commemorate a Seawolves aircraft.
ONE OF MY AOCS CLASSMATES WAS A BLUE ANGEL IN THE 70s. HE ARRANGED A GUIDED TOUR OF THE BLUE SPACES BY ONE OF THE BLUES. HE ALSO SET UP A GUIDED TOUR OF THE MUSEUM BY THE HEAD DOCENT. WHEN WE GOT TO THE SEAWOLF HELO I TOLD HIM THAT HAL-3 WAS THE MOST DECORATED SQDN IN VN AND HE SEEMED SURPRISED. I ALSO TOLD HIM THAT 3 OF MY CLASS WERE SEAWOLVES -ME, PAT MCGOVERN AND PUG RUNDIO. I ALSO SUGGESTED THAT OUR HUEY OUGHT TO HAVE A MORE PROMINENT PLACE IN THE MUSEUM SINCE MANY OF THE EXHIBITS WERE NEVER IN COMBAT. OBVIOUSLY I HAD NO INFLUENCE :>(
REGARDLESS, IF YOU ARE IN THE P'COLA AREA IT IS WELL WORTH A VISIT.