We’ve added a new blog! This section of the website will chronicle the refurbishment efforts of the HUP helicopter. It is overseen by Mike Getscher, and will feature updates regarding the Korean War helicopter exhibit’s progression.
We bought our HUP from the American Helicopter Association for a reasonable price. Our HUP, number 130082 was originally in the US Navy. Once retired, she was first on display at a Dutch Air Museum then at a French Air Museum. During her time in France, the HUP was painted in French Navy colors as they operated that same type of helicopter as well. The HUP operated in both the Korean and Vietnam Wars. In 2010 the American Helicopter Association obtained this HUP and had it sandblasted and torn down at the Piasecki Helicopter Headquarters in Philadelphia for a future project. Our team was on tour at that site three years ago, and immediately begun talks to purchase it instead.
After the purchase was finalized, we proceeded to transport it across country from Philadelphia to California. Because we had to go through several states, file paperwork, and deal with traffic, there were some minor delays. During the journey, the truck transporting the HUP had broken down as well. Despite these setbacks, we completed our task of getting the HUP to Los Angeles.
Once in LA, the HUP was delivered to a private hanger at the Torrance Airport for assembly and restoration. From here, the journey to tell Battleship IOWA’s aviation story begins.