'Legacy of Army Aviation' helicopter ride & show this weekend

By Carolyn Brewster

Published 07/25 2014 03:06PM

Updated 07/30 2014 12:11PM

If you've ever wondered what it's like to be in the army--this weekend is your opportunity at the 'Legacy of Army Aviation' air show. It's happening at the Dothan Airport on Saturday. The Friends of Army Aviation in Ozark, the Flying Museum and the Army Aviation Heritage Foundation are hosting the first show.

The Friends of Army Aviation in Ozark have a Huey UH-1 N104HF and Cobra AH-1F N766HF. They’re offering rides starting at $50 depending on which aircraft you choose and how long you want to ride. The funds will help fund maintenance for the helicopters and further the organization’s goal of educating the public about Army Aviation and connecting with veterans.

"We have veterans that have post traumatic stress disorder and this is a way that they can ease that stress level; it kind of goes into their psyche so they can re-experience some of those things that they did in Vietnam, and not just in Vietnam but Iraq and Afghanistan. The aircraft is really the key--the key to their psyche so to speak to give them peace of mind," said John Holladay, the CEO of Friends of Army Aviation in Ozark.

He says the sound of a rotor turning is nothing new to those in the army but for veterans who have come home after serving overseas-- hearing that sound again and taking a ride in the helicopter is nostalgic--some would say even therapeutic.

"To experience what army aviators have gone through over the years but have not been able to show the public simply because the military would not allow us to do that," said Holladay.

The air event is from 10AM until 4PM on Saturday, July 26 at the Dothan Airport. It’s free of charge to see the helicopters up close. Logan’s will have a concession booth selling food and drinks.

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