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Rotors Over Mentone 2019

Retired U.S. Army Veterans Tom Wallin (left) and
Neil Stickney (right) in front of the Bell Aircraft
Museum's Huey 801

Over a half dozen helicopter flew in for the "Rotors Over Mentone 2019" event on Sep 14th. Weather was absolutely great, allowing aircraft to fly in as far as Michigan. Honored guests were Neil Stickney and Tom Wallin, who participated in a Question & Answer Session hosted by Museum Board Member Heidi Orr. Both veterans served in the 229th First Calvary Division, U.S. Army. Stickney had piloted the Museum's Bell Huey 801 during the 1960s as a flight instructor. Program participates also included the Legion Post 49 Color Guard and select band members of the Tippecanoe Valley High School (TVHS) under the direction of Janell Riner.

Cleveland Helicopter Services kept busy throughout the day giving numerous rides in their Enstrom 280FX . John Walker and American Huey 369 was also busy giving membership rides in their Bell UH-1D (803) during the afternoon. In addition the Mentone EMS Department demonstrated their "Jaws of Life", a hydraulic tool used to assist rescue personal to remove crash victims. Oldies 101.1 WOIE broadcasted Live for most of the event. The Red Cross Bloodmobile was on hand for those who wanted to donate. Food and drink were offered by the Museum at their food tent. The Museum's gift shop was open for those who wanted to purchase a T-shirt, an aircraft model, or a toy for the kids. Admission to the event was free. There was something for everyone.
Pictures taken at this year’s "Rotors" event can be viewed in our Image Gallery.

Below are two news articles providing more on the event:

1) "Rotors Over Mentone Featured Six Helicopters" by Dan Spalding from, Kosciusko County's Digital Daily Newspaper
2) "Vietnam Veterans Speak at Rotors Event" by Jackie Gorki from Times-Union Online, Warsaw IN