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Military and Civil Helicopters Displayed at American Heroes Airshow June 20

Date: 
06/20/2009

SEATTLE, June 10, 2009--The American Heroes Air Show lands at The Museum of Flight Saturday, June 20, from 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. Visitors are welcome to arrive early and watch as the helicopters fly into the Museum's parking lot beginning at 7:30 a.m.  Held in seven locations around the United States, the American Heroes Air Show is the nation's premier helicopter event designed to profile helicopters' dynamic role in law enforcement, public safety, communications, and search and rescue, as well as homeland security and national defense.
 
Come see helicopters and meet flight crews from the U.S. Navy, U.S. Coast Guard, King County Sheriff, Snohomish County Sheriff, local media, Airlift Northwest, Northwest Helicopters, Classic Helicopter Corporation and more! In addition to the helicopters, the show will feature exhibits and public safety and emergency preparedness displays. Visitors to the show can also learn how they can become part of the action at the CODE3 Career Fair featuring recruiting teams from law enforcement, fire service, military and other public service agencies. Education and aviation information will be presented to students and pilots and the community by volunteers, flight schools, and training centers around the region.
 
After checking out the activities outside, be sure to come inside the Museum too! RegularMuseum admission fees apply. There will be helicopter video documentaries for the public in the theater, and at 2 p.m., helicopter pilots and other crew members participating in the American Heroes Air Show will discuss their trades in the WilliamM.AllenTheater. The presentation and the videos will show how helicopters play an important role in law enforcement, fire service, public safety, communications, national defense and homeland security.
 
 Also inside the Museum, see a Hiller YH-32 (Model HJ-1 Hornet) helicopter on exhibit in the T.A. Wilson Great Gallery. The small and simple YH-32 Hornet is unique because of the two ramjets mounted on the tips of its rotor blades. U.S. Army and Navy versions of the Hornet, built in the early 1950s, were the first production tip-jet-powered helicopters in history. The Hornet's engine became the first ramjet-powered unit to be certificated by the Civil Aeronautics Agency (the predecessor to today's Federal Aviation Administration. The Museum's helicopter is one of 12 YH-32s acquired by the Army for evaluation in 1955. It was restored in 1989.
 
For more information on the American Heroes Air Show, visit www.heroes-airshow.com.