Veterans Park on Dayton Pike, Soddy Daisy, TN
Photo taken by Eddie Douthitt
+35.22946, -85.2110735°13'46" N, 85°12'40" W
This UH-1 Huey Helicopter, designated Blue Star 786 is located in Veterans Park in Soddy-Daisy TN.
It was built by the Bell Helicopter company in 1965 and was flown in combat by the 48th assault Helicopter company in the Republic of Vietnam in 1966 and 1967. She was damaged by enemy fire multiple times but was never shot down.
After her service in Vietnam, she was returned to the United States where she was used to train new pilots until the end of the war. Afterwards various National Guard units flew her until she was retired in 1995.
The Huey Helicopter is a powerful symbol of the war in Vietnam and saved thousands of lives through heroic medical evacuation. Blue Star 786 is a combat tested member of this historic family of helicopters.
Helicopter was built in 1965, decommissioned in 1995, installed in park 2001
- November 27, 2010: New photo from Eddie Douthitt
- November 26, 2010: Added by Eddie Douthitt