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About Us

An Organization with Purpose

The Friends of Army Aviation is a non-profit public education organization filed under section 501(c) (3) of the IRS. The organization is dedicated to presenting the Army Aviation story to the American people through static displays of legacy Army aircraft and an associated ride program.

The Mission

To provide the American public an opportunity to experience the rich heritage of Army Aviation by  participating in aerial flight in those legacy aircraft that served in combat and were flown by Army crews.  To educate those who are unaware of the importance of Army Aviation and the role it played in armed conflicts by providing the troops with the support needed to achieve their mission and to ensure their survival on the battlefield.

“A big thank you to The Friends of Army Aviation for helping my dream become a reality.”

Our Philosophy

The Purpose

The Friends of Army Aviation has five primary purposes:

  • Educate the American public to the contributions Army Aviation has provided on the battlefield.
  • Support Veterans as well as the families and friends of Soldiers who have given the ultimate sacrifice in support of freedom around the world.
  • Inspire young people to consider a career in aviation and to honor our Soldiers’ service, both past and present.
  • Restore, maintain and preserve authentic legacy Army aircraft used in combat operations and enable the general public the opportunity to ride in and experience some of the same sights and sounds as those of a combat veteran.
  • Support Fort Novosel (formerly Fort Rucker), The Home of Army Aviation, as well as the local Wiregrass communities with an outreach program for those who desire to demonstrate their patriotism in support of the American Soldier and as a salute to their sacrifice and dedication to duty and country.

The Need

As time passes, the history and legacy of the American Soldier fades into distant memory. The contributions made by these patriotic Americans should not be lost.  The ability to keep these accomplishments alive is paramount in our mission.  Preserving the rich history of Army Aviation and providing the American citizen the opportunity to fully appreciate the contributions made by these legacy aircraft, and the men who flew them,  in support of the soldier on the ground, ensures the memory will live on for future generations.