Riverside Christian Academy students received a rare treat on Friday, Sept. 6, when the North Alabama Chapter of the Vietnam Helicopter Pilots Association visited the school.
The pilots brought a restored UH-1C Huey Gunship that was used for transporting soldiers and making medical evacuations for the students to see.
The pilots who brought the helicopter had spent two years restoring it to its original condition for people to be able to learn more about the helicopter and the Vietnam War.
RCA students were allowed to sit in the helicopter, put on helmets, play with the controls and ask questions about the helicopter and the Vietnam War.
The pilots’ visit was made possible by a family contact of Joshua Maus, a first-grader at RCA.
James Bryant, RCA’s Head of School, said, “I was so happy to have the Vietnam Helicopter Pilots Association at school. We want our students to remember the sacrifice of our service members and pay respect to them for their service to our country.”