MAG36-UK is made up of a group of friends who have long been involved in Vietnam War Living History, when an opportunity came their way to buy a Bell 204B 'Huey' helicopter that had to snap it up, little did they know just what a journey it would prove to be!
From contacts in their Vietnam Facebook pages they located a veteran of the United States Marine Corps VMO-6 nicknamed 'Maddog'. With his help other veterans were contacted (Peter Greene & Rick Ault) and with their help the identity of their helicopter (Bird 18) was decided on and research began to find out all about this group of U.S. Marine aviators.
Fortunately our Huey is the same model as those used by the Marines, so now it was time to work out exactly what needed to be done to make it resemble a Marine Corps UH-1E (USMC designation)
One of our group was lucky enough to obtain, after being fully vetted, access to a collection of valuable personal photographs taken by a VMO-6 veteran. These photos helped us to identify specific items relevent to the Huey's restoration and appearance,
a unique photographic reference. Through this contact and whilst visiting another USMC veteran in the United States, the same group member was invited to attend the VMO-6 reunion meal and memorial event.
Subsequently he has made many friends in the veterans of VMO-6 who are following this project with great interest. Like many Vietnam veterans who find out about groups portraying their units, they find it humbling that interest is being shown in their service history.
Airframe: AB-204B (UH-1)
Construction Number: 3037
Manufacturer: Agusta Bell (Italy)
Construction Year: 1964
Serial Number: MM80279
Military Service: Aeronautica Militare Italiana.
This aircraft is now restored and preserved in the United Kingdom as a transportable fully crewed static display.