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Published Online: Feb 15, 2013
February 13, 2013
For Immediate Release
Contact: Ladona Weathers
White River Business Specialists on behalf of The Branson Mill Craft Village
(Branson, MO) The Branson Mill Craft Village will play host to a restored Vietnam Era Huey Helicopter on Friday, February 22. The restored helicopter is making a journey from Peru, Indiana to Las Vegas, Nevada. Branson will be the first of three stops made by the Huey.
The American Huey Organization is making this national trip to raise awareness of the Huey and its museum being built in Indiana. The Huey is often called the “workhorse” of the military and many veterans have realized its significance first-hand.
“The National American Huey History Museum (NAHHM) will preserve the history of over 20 different models of the Bell Huey,” said John Walker, American Huey Organization President. “That history began October 10, 1956 when the first Huey prototype took flight. The first “real” test of the aircrafts ability came in Vietnam (beginning in March of 1962) where the sound of its blades meant to the Soldiers on the ground “help was on the way”. Over 15,000 Hueys have since been built by Bell Helicopter in the U.S. and in 3 countries abroad and are still being built to this day. This museum has been in the planning stages for over 4 years.”
The public is invited to view the landing and take an up-close look at the Huey on Friday, February 22.
“We anticipate the helicopter to land around 5pm in the Branson Mill parking lot,” said Ladona Weathers Public Relations Representative for the Branson Mill Craft Village. “Weather is a large factor in the landing time, so we encourage anyone wanting to be here for the landing to check our Facebook page for updated landing times.”
The Huey will remain open for public viewing and visits with the pilots until around 7pm. Very early Saturday morning the helicopter will take off for its next stop in Texas.
“It’s an honor for Branson to be chosen for one of the Huey stops,” said Weathers. “Branson is known for our love of veterans and active duty military. We look forward to being part of such a nostalgic tribute to our veterans. We truly invite the public to be part of this experience and to take another opportunity to say thank you to those who have served and protected our freedoms.”
All month long, the Branson Mill Craft Village has been celebrating veterans and active duty military members. Details for February events to celebrate veterans and active duty members of the military can be found at www.bransonmill.com or facebook.com/bransonmill.
About the Branson Mill Craft Village:
The Branson Mill Craft Village, located at 3300 North Gretna Road in Branson, Missouri, is a specialty retail shopping center and working craft village combined. The heart of the Branson Mill is a working Craft Village of 40,000 square feet devoted to craftsmen demonstrating their skills in leather carving, wood carving, pottery, loom weaving, pen and ink drawings, wood turned pens made with exotic woods, custom embroidery, mosaic art, hand- made musical instruments and much more. In addition to these fine artists demonstrating their skills, there are 150 showrooms of upscale home furnishings, accessories and crafts, with many one-of-a-kind items and best of all it is open to the public at no charge. The Branson Mill Craft Village is open seven days a week.