TPS Corner

Some historic sounds recently filled the air around the U.S. Naval Test Pilot School (USNTPS) as the school hosted a visit by two Vietnam-era helicopters owned and operated by the Army Aviation Heritage Foundation. Arranged by USNTPS rotary wing instructor Maj. Camille Lampert as part of the school’s Qualitative Evaluation (QE) program, the UH-1H Huey utility helicopter and AH-1F Cobra attack helicopter were on hand to allow students to apply the test and evaluation skills they learned throughout their studies on iconic and historic aircraft. Both aircraft saw service in Vietnam, while the AH-1 also served in Operation Desert Storm. Founded in 1997, the Georgia-based foundation is the only one of its kind in the nation dedicated to preserving flyable U.S. Army Aviation aircraft. The members of the foundation’s team who visited USNTPS were, from left, Karl Keller, Greg Mercier, Peyton Dehart, Steve Wages, John Woodward, and Mark Metzger.