THE ARMY TIMES
October 14, 2002 Vol. 63 No. 12
A bad photo copy of the article on the documentary film
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Vietnam Icon Goes To War
Vietnam veterans greeted a restored Huey helicopter Oct. 2 in Pensacloa,
Florida, its first stop on a sentimental journey around the country.
The tour is meant to connect with everyone who was touched by the Vietnam War,
said Michael Novosel, one of several Vietnam Huey pilots who traveled
aboard on the first leg of the tour, which began at Fort Rucker, Alabama.
A documentary film titled "In The Shadow of The Blade" is being made
about the cross-country journey, which will take the huey to Georgia,
Mississippi, Texas, Kentucky, Washington DC and New Mexico through early
The Huey, officially the Bell UH-1 Iroquois, is a lasting icon of the Vietnam
War. Like the jeep in World War II, the Huey hauled troops and supplies, served
as a gun platform and evacuated the wounded - doing it all in the air instead of
on the ground.
PHOTO CAPTION: Vietnam veterans from left, Rev. Bill McDonald,
Mark Byrd, and Doug Ward, take off in a restored Huey from Fort
Rucker, Alabama, on October 2. The former soldiers are flying the helicopter