L.A. WATERFRONT, Calif. (KWQC) – The Pacific Battleship Center is trying to get support in its effort to save one of the last two HUP-2 helicopters in the U.S. The non-profit organization has set-up a Go Fund Me page to raise $65,000 to place the helicopter in the Battleship Iowa Museum.
The organization says state of Iowa has been very generous in supporting the preservation and restoration of the historic Battleship IOWA. Now, it is looking for help to restore and preserve another magnificent piece of naval aviation history. PBC says Piasecki factories produced HUP-2 helicopters for the U.S. NAVY in the early 1950’s and they were in service until 1962. Of the 165 HUP-2 helicopters that served in the Korean War only two remain to be saved. Although the USS Iowa was built for World War II, she had more engagement in the Korean War alongside HUP-2 helicopters.
Shortly after the end of World War II, the flight deck was modified to act as one of the first helicopter flight decks aboard a surface combatant. During the ship’s service in the Korean War, helicopters operated from the flight deck of IOWA for critical missions such as rescuing downed pilots, forward observation, and supply replenishment.
Owned and operated by the nonprofit PBC, Battleship IOWA has become a popular destination at the L.A. Waterfront. Battleship IOWA is regularly open to the public from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
For more information about Battleship IOWA and this effort, please visit http://www.pacificbattleship.com/hup-helicoptor
For more information on the HUP-2 helicopter you can visit http://www.museum-ship.com/blog/