“It has been completely restored and will be the focal point for our county’s museum,” said Wilson County Commissioner Jerry McFarland.
Weather permitting, the effort will start Thursday at 10 a.m. and should take about four hours.
Lebanon police officers plan to assist with traffic control and road closures. Motorists traveling on Baddour Parkway and North Cumberland Street from the fairgrounds to the Lebanon Square may experience delays.
The UH-1 Huey helicopter was brought from Nashville to Lebanon last June to start renovations on the Vietnam War-era bird.
According to McFarland, the helicopter is on loan from the state of Tennessee. McFarland said the UH-1 Huey helicopter was used to fly U.S. soldiers to Vietnam from 1966-68, and the Tennessee National Guard later used it from 1980-85. The state acquired the helicopter and used it as a training aid most recently, McFarland said.
The aircraft’s interior and exterior will be restored; the outside will be repainted to its original olive drab, and nose art and the tail number will be added, McFarland said last year.
“There is a lot of history with this aircraft,” McFarland said.
According to McFarland, former Wilson County sheriff and current Commissioner Terry Ashe flew in an UH-1 in the Vietnam War as part of the 48th Assault Helicopter Co. attached to the 101st Airborne, which is based out of Fort Campbell, Ky. The 48th AHC was active from Nov. 6, 1965 until Aug. 23, 1972 and participated in 16…
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