Patriots Point adds helicopter to exhibit

By Ashley Barker
Published April 29, 2014

A 1960s-era Marine Corps helicopter was recently loaned to Patriots Point Naval & Maritime Museum.

A Boeing CH-46D Sea Knight helicopter that first took flight during the Vietnam War was assembled Monday at the Vietnam Naval Support Base exhibit, which is being expanded and renovated beginning in June.

To honor the 50th anniversary of the Vietnam War, Patriots Point is going to renovate the exhibit to include new artifacts, aircrafts and interactive components, according to a news release. The expansion will include foxholes, sounds of commanding officers and the illusion of complete seclusion.

The CH-46D aircraft was loaned to Patriots Point by the National Naval Aviation Museum in Pensacola, Fla., according to a news release. It came out of service from the Marine Corps Air Station New River in North Carolina.

“We are always honored to obtain new artifacts, but the acquisition of the CH-46 is particularly exciting as it adds another new element to the expansion of the Vietnam Naval Support Base,” Executive Director Mac Burdette said in a statement. “It was a very important aircraft in Vietnam, and it will be an asset in telling the unique stories of this war, especially from the Marine Corps. We have dozens of Vietnam veteran pilots and crew members who flew in this type of helicopter in Vietnam. They will be the real attraction.”

The CH-46 tandem-rotor twin-turbine helicopter can carry up to 23,000 pounds or 25 men and can reach up to 165 miles per hour, according to a news release.

Reach Ashley Barker at 843-849-3144 or @AshleyNBarker.

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