Little by little, more displays of military memorabilia are arriving at the Hawthorne Ordnance Museum (HOM).
Several months ago the museum received notice of the possibility of obtaining a surplus UH-1 Huey Helicopter from White Sands Missile Range in New Mexico. HOM Curator Peter Papadakos and volunteers contacted the New Mexico facility and inquired about the acquisition of obtaining the aircraft for the museum. Details and arrangements were approved of the transfer.
With final arrangements made Papadakos went to New Mexico on March 17 and again on June 25, to start the process of getting the helicopter and support equipment transported to Hawthorne.
A trucking company was contracted to haul the bulk of the equipment to Hawthorne. Papadakos drove his pickup pulling a 20 foot flatbed trailer to transport the tail section of the UH-1 helicopter, rotor blades and extra supplies.
Arriving in Hawthorne on June 29 Harold Warner of HOM unloaded the engines and support equipment at the museum. On July 1 Papadakos arrived with the rest of the equipment. Unloading the trailer was Papadakos, Rod Leavitt, Bob Straw, Harold Warner and two LDS missionaries who were visiting at the museum.
A September 2016 date has been scheduled to return to New Mexico to pickup the remaining parts of the UH-1 helicopter. The museum is making arrangement to construct a large display building on their premise to house the helicopter and other special displays.