REDSTONE ARSENAL, Ala. - The Army is saying goodbye to the Huey helicopter. The aircraft, also known as a UH-1, took its final flight before retirement above Redstone Arsenal on Tuesday.
Veteran James Szilagyi attended the retirement flight. "I cried," he admitted. "I can't help it! It's just something that you hate to see go."
Redstone Test Center pilot Nick Walters rode in one of the choppers as it took its final lap. "Learned how to fly this aircraft back in 1978. Flew aircraft that was as old as I was at that point. I was in my 20's then. I've been flying it ever since."
He says those who sit inside can't help but feel the weight of its history. "Very reliable old aircraft," he says. "But what I really like about it is that it's an icon from the Vietnam War."
This retirement flight isn't the end for the helicopter, though. It's going to go to a law enforcement agency for use.