National VHPA Site
|To enhance and accredit the cohesiveness,
esprit de corps, and traditions of valor of rotary wing aircrews that
flew in Southeast Asia during the Vietnam Era. To
seek out, using whatever means available, individuals who piloted rotary
wing aircraft in Southeast Asia during the Vietnam era and inform them
of the existence of the VHPA and encourage all eligible individuals to
Membership is open to all helicopter pilots who
flew in Southeast Asia during the Vietnam era (1961-1975).
The Washington State Chapter of the Vietnam Helicopter Pilots
Association (VHPA) was founded in September, 2000 by Jack Salm, Jr. It
holds regular meetings in Washington state including sites on both sides
of the Cascades.
Bruce P. Crandall (Ret.), husband, father, explorer, pilot, Vietnam War
hero, engineer, civic leader and Congressional Medal of Honor recipient,
addressed Antioch University Seattle’s (AUS) 2015 graduates at the
university’s commencement ceremony on Sunday, June 21 at Town Hall
Seattle. He shared insights about demonstrating social courage and the
inner determination to choose the right path, which may not always be
the safest or easiest route.
“Colonel Crandall exemplifies the definition of courage and bravery, not
only because of the extreme danger that he faced during his military
service, but also because of his willingness to face danger in pursuit
of helping others and at great personal risk,” said AUS president Daniel
Hocoy. “Standing up for one’s beliefs is difficult enough – doing so in
the most extreme of circumstances is the true mark of a courageous
leader and hero.”
The local chapter of the VHPA is proud to include Col. Crandall as one
of our members.
The Washington State Chapter of the VHPA will be meeting for the second
time this year on Saturday, 27 June 2015, in the Airlift NW hangar on
Olympia Airport. Start time is 1030 hrs with coffee and donuts
available. This same weekend is the Olympia Air Show. After our meeting
you are free to roam the show. Static display aircraft include two
Marine Ospreys, a Canadian Caribou, an assortment of fixed wing aircraft
including P-51’s and a fully restored Corsair. As of this writing, an
Army Reserve Chinook is 50 – 50, awaiting permission. I remind you to
bring some cash. We have awesome t-shirts, stickers, patches, pins and
hats. And new this month we have short sleeve t-shirts with pockets for
our members with glasses, etc. I assume that means most of us.
We will update the membership on the status of our newly finished
UH-1. We recently completed a two day static display at the Lacey Fun
Fair and learned a few lessons.
The Olympic Flight Museum has some volunteers to man our UH-1 both
days of this air show. In the interest of protecting this great aircraft
and answering specific questions, I would ask any of our members who
would like to assist, let me know. I will work all day Saturday after
our meeting but I am unable on Sunday. Your assistance would be
Our third meeting will be in Spokane for our east side brothers on
Saturday 19 September. Everyone is invited to attend. If you are in the
area please join us.
If you have a topic for consideration and would like it to be
addressed, please contact me by email or phone.
Thank you all for your time and attention.
John Combs – President
The Olympic Museum anticipated that requests for the UH1 would increase.
The first event is
16 and 17 May
for static display at the Lacey Spring Fun Fair honoring Armed Forces
Day on the campus of
College. Our Chapter will provide members to man the aircraft and
answer all those questions. You are all invited to help out either day.
Bring your family if you wish. Mr. Dave Saunders will again pull the
trailer in place about 0800 Sat morning. It will remain overnight (with
lots of security provided) and we will depart Sunday afternoon around
1600. Should be fun.
Check out the VHPAWA Gear page to see our
new Chapter Challenge Coin.
Check out the
pictures and videos that show what aviators and their crews
experienced in Vietnam.
The February lunch at Famous Dave’s was great. A large crowd, good food,
and several new members made for a fun time. As a reminder, your current
Chapter Officers have agreed to serve for another year. I am grateful
for their support for 2015.
The UH-1 is doing well at the Olympic Flight Museum. Although it is
stored outside for now, no leaks have been detected. The new side steps
for static display have been completed. My special thanks to Jim
Fleming, Tom Thorning, and Izzy Velez for the design and building of
this project. When not in use, they attach to the trailer. The onboard
music is up and running. A MP3 player, amplifier, two speakers, and a
thumb drive with 62 Vietnam era songs are ready. Wednesday this week we
installed the new system to lock the sliding and the pilot’s doors.
Events of Interest
This link leads you to a
number of chapter activities including the UH1 restoration project, special
events and other interest projects.
The chapter coordinated the
retirement of CW4 Joseph Long's retirement after 44 years of service.
He's the oldest helicopter pilot to serve in Vietnam.
Click here for the rest of the story.
Washington State Chapter of the Vietnam Helicopter Pilots Association
(VHPA) is a totally separate, independent entity and is not authorized
to act as an agent, or representative, of the VHPA or any of the other
VHPA-WA 2013 Officers
Members at Large
||Jack Salm Jr. Founder, National VHPA President (2009)
||Tom Wie (had to drop out, Jack Salm reelected)
||Jack Salm Jr.
||Dick Glasgow (Died Feb. 21, 2007)
||David P. Eck
||Frank Jones (Health issues Feb. 2010)
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