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Raises awareness for PTSD while thanking veterans for service

EAA AVIATION CENTER, OSHKOSH, Wisconsin — (June 23, 2017) — A U.S. Army Huey helicopter, shot down in 1969 and later transformed into a sculptural art piece, is coming to the EAA Aviation Museum and will be open to the public beginning Saturday, July 1.

The newly restored Take Me Home Huey helicopter encourages healing dialogue between soldiers and society. Steve Maloney’s mixed-media sculpture was inspired by the 50th Anniversary Commemoration of the Vietnam War as proclaimed by the United States Department of Defense. His mission was not only to inspire interest in aviation but encourage the healing of Americans who suffer from Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) and thank veterans for their service.

“Incorporating and transforming an actual U.S. Army Huey that had been shot down while on a medical evacuation mission creatively juxtaposes the gratitude many Americans feel towards troops,” Maloney said. “The sculptural art will help bring awareness and assistance to all veterans suffering with PTSD coinciding with the commemoration of the Anniversary of the Vietnam War.”

Illustrations on Take Me Home Huey are composed of a of soldier’s duffels, public address speakers, and helicopter squadron names, as well as symbolic 1960’s and 70’s pop culture imagery of icons that many soldiers longed for while on active duty.

“To honor Vietnam veterans, we saw it fitting to bring in a powerful symbol from that war,” said Chris Henry, EAA Museum Program Representative. “There is no better symbol to represent the conflict in Vietnam than a Huey Helicopter, which is why we invited veterans to be part of the ceremony and share the powerful message and mission the Huey has with the public.”

Take Me Home Huey will be on display from July 1-30 during museum hours. The helicopter will also be featured during EAA AirVenture Oshkosh at the EAA Aviation Museum. Admission to see the exhibit is free for EAA members and included in the cost of museum admission for nonmembers. On July 4, museum admission will also be free for veterans.

About EAA Aviation Museum

The EAA Aviation Museum is located just off Interstate 41 at the Highway 44 exit in Oshkosh. The Museum is open daily from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. EAA members receive free museum admission year-round. For more information, call the EAA AirVenture Museum at (920) 426-6108 or visit www.eaa.org/museum.

EDITOR’S NOTE: We encourage media to attend the grand opening on Saturday, July 1 at 10 a.m. Images of the Take Me Home Huey helicopter are available at EAA’s media FTP website:

http://media.eaa.org               ID: eaamedia          PW:airventure2012                 (Museum Activities Folder)


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