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NEW - The theme
for the 2021 Membership Directory History Section will be the 161st Assault
Helicopter Company from December 1965 to January 1968 in Vietnam. Go here for details. (The above photos are from
John Hastings and patches from Mike Law.)
The 2020 Membership Directory's full history of the 361st Pink Panthers is
available at https://directory.vhpa.org/cddata/magazines/D20hist.pdf
Please note that it continues to be a work in progress and is scheduled to be
complete by the end of November. Please contact Mike Law at email@example.com is you would like to contribute to this history.
Helicopter Pilots Association (VHPA) is a non-profit war veterans organization filed under
Section 501(c)(19) of the Internal Revenue Service. It is dedicated to the fulfillment of
the following purposes:
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 become members.
Membership is open to all helicopter pilots who flew in
Southeast Asia during the Vietnam era (1961-1975). There is an explanation
of what you can do online at https://www.vhpa.org/memhelp.htm#ODA
To preserve the legacy of all Vietnam Helicopter Pilots, an endowment
fund has been established at the Vietnam Center and Archives at Texas Tech
University. Donations can be made here https://www.vhpa.org/donate.htm
The VHPA has a membership of over 16,600 (8,700 dues current) helicopter pilots from around the world out of the
approximately 40,000 who served as helicopter
pilots in the Vietnam War.
In addition to an annual reunion held around July 4th, members keep in touch informally
through mini-reunions (local get togethers) throughout the year and through the Internet
on VHFCN (http://www.vhfcn.org) , Heli-Vets and FaceBook also another FaceBook site.
The VHPA is a social organization only and
has no political agenda as is our brother organization, The Vietnam Helicopter
Crew Members Association http://vhcma.org/
The VHPA publishes six
magazines, a membership directory and a calendar each year and periodically publishes
historical reference directories, CD-ROMs and DVDs.
Magazines are included with VHPA membership and are available to non-members with a
$36/year subscription. (Three years for
$99) To contact the magazine editor firstname.lastname@example.org. See an example of our magazine, The
VHPA Aviator (big file). VHPA Aviator magazine
advertising and other information.
Life member rates based on age are as follows (also
applies to subscribers):
Age 80 and above ---$75.00
Age 75 to 79 --------$100.00
Age 70 to 74 --------$150.00
Age 65 to 69 --------$250.00
Age 60 to 64 --------$350.00
Age 59 and below --$450.00
Please call HQ on 800-505-VHPA (8472) to sign up to be a life
Traditions: The VHPA has developed some traditions over the
years. One of those is the missing man table at the banquet at each
reunion. Here is an example done at the 2005
reunion. Another tradition started in 1988 is a "Cobra"
plaque made from the mold for the AH-1G prototype collective grip. It
is passed from outgoing President to incoming President at each reunion.
Also passed from President to President is a plaque with past Presidents' names on it. A third tradition is a bottle
of 21 year old Scotch purchased in 1971 by Brian Novak one of the original
66 founding members.
History of the founding of the VHPA written by
Larry Clark and Mike Law in 1990.
Please note: This
website may contain information that VHPA considers proprietary and
confidential. Information contained herein shall not be used for commercial
solicitation purposes, or any correspondence related thereto.
Correspondence relating to commercial purposes or solicitations shall only be
sent to email@example.com whereupon
it will be forwarded to the appropriate VHPA representative. Member
information contained in this publication shall not be distributed to non-VHPA
members without the express consent of the member.
Use this form to apply for membership .
Please use the membership application form to submit
address changes for the directory and use the comments form to
submit other directory changes and updates.
directory for dues current members.
Communications with the Executive Council
- HQ Telephone:
- 800-505-VHPA (8472)
- HQ FAX:
- HQ Postal address: (new as of 1 May 2020)
Vietnam Helicopter Pilots Association Office Manager
1601 E Lamar Blvd
Arlington, TX 76011
- HQ E-mail:
- General Information: HQ@vhpa.org
Web Site: https://www.vhpa.org/