The Vietnam 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).
The VHPA has a membership of over 15,000 (8,200 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 The VHPA is a social organization only and has no political agenda.
The VHPA publishes six magazines, a membership directory and a calendar each year and periodically publishes historical reference directories, CD-ROMs and DVDs.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 click here. See an example of our magazine, The VHPA Aviator, the 2012 reunion issue (big file).
The EC has approved new life member rates based on age 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 member.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org whereupon it will be forwarded to the appropriate VHPA representative.
NEW! Online membership directory for dues current members.
Communications with the Executive Council (EC)
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