Courtesy of Fort Wolters Chapter VHPA
Fort Wolters theme will set a somewhat different tone than that
of the rest of the museum. It will have its own gallery, rather than
being woven through the exhibits.
Wolters is significant for two reasons. First, the military post was
located less than a mile from the museum site, and has a fifty year
history with the surrounding communities. Second, and most relevant,
it was the initial training base for virtually every helicopter pilot
who served in Vietnam.
helicopter pilots were trained from 1956 through 1974 with flying hours
exceeding 5.6 million total hours. From 500 to 550 helicopters were
in the air at any given time and there were, on average, two thousand
take-offs and landings daily, Monday through Friday, making Fort Wolters
one of the world's busiest airports.
in this gallery will be a training helicopter and other training aids
used at Fort Wolters during the Vietnam era.