The Hiller Aviation Museum's annual Helifest is the largest helicopter show in North America, and in my opinion, one of the best! This year, two Navy MH-60S Seahawks, two Marine UH-1Y Super Hueys, a USMC AH-1W Super Cobra, an Army CH-47 Chinook, two Army UH-72A Lakotas and a USCG HH-65 Dolphin all flew down to the amazing show.
My dad and I helped out on Friday by driving the museums “Pope Mobile' golf cart giving rides to the military crews and their gear when they landed. We did it again on Sunday too. This meant we were in prime locations for getting photos!
There was lots to buy and do; drink beer and wine (sodas and water for the kids!), buy and fly R/C helicopters, try out and buy sunglasses, check out the incredible museum, chow down on delicious food, and of course get up close and personal to lots of amazing helicopters, from the latest military Cobra to the first helicopters ever made. And at the end of the show on Sunday, all of the Army and Marine helicopters took off and headed for home, but the Navy Seahawks stayed behind one more day. The two Twin Hueys, the Chinook, and the Cobra barreled down the taxiway on a flyby, making the whole crowd gasp at the sight!
None of this could have been possible without the Hiller Aviation Museum. Even if you aren't near San Carlos, you should definitely check it out. They have everything there from a Wright Flyer to supersonic airliners, to even pictures of ships for the manned mission to Mars!
Anyway, I hope to see you at the Hiller Aviation Museum, and the 2012 Helifest!