Nine of the living Hmong pilots who flew combat during the U.S. Secret War in Laos attended the dedication of a T-28 aircraft in their honor on September 20, 2104. From Left to Right: Vang Kha, Tou Vang, Koua Xiong, Yia Kha, Pao Yang, Ya Ly (Lee), Phong Yang, John Sayavong.
Jon Helminiak receives a plaque of recognition from Koua Xiong, President of the Hmong T-28 Pilot Committee.
Jon's vision and guidance for the T-28 Exhibit came into reality after 1-1/2 years of combined effort from many people whose hard work contributed to the success of the project.
Heritage Aero power washing the fuselage and wings of the T-28 that will be displayed at the Aviation Heritage Center of Wisconsin.
Hat's off to the men and women of EAA local Chapter 766 who prepped, painted and assembled BuNo. Thank you for putting all your heart and soul into bringing the T-28 back to life.
It's the big day, BuNo get's packed up!
Saturday, January 18, 2014.
Photographs and video courtesy Paul Walter
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(BuNo 138192's history was obtained from several sources. It is accurate to the best of our knowledge, however, if you have additional information on this aircraft we would be interested in hearing from you. Please contact AHCW.)
"What a well traveled T-28. It is time it earned a good home after 61 years of being moved around. Wish she could talk."
- Paul Walter
"This is truly a meant-to-be acquisition for the AHCW.
The exhibit will even be more meaningful ... that this T-28 was actually flown by the Hmong and perhaps saw combat." - Jon Helminiak, AHCW Executive Director