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HONORING THE HUEY PPG GALLERY Helicopters played a major role in the Vietnam War effort. This 1964 Bell Iroquois model, better known as a Huey, was one of some 7,000 of the iconic choppers that served during that era. It survived the war and thanks to PPG, two dedicated distributors and a crew of war veterans, the Huey has been fully restored and is on permanent display in the Huey Plaza at the Vietnam Era Museum and Educational Center, Holmdel, N.J. Working with local distributors Albert Kemperle, Inc., and Norwood Auto Parts, PPG provided the refinish products while its specialists worked up the color formulas needed to recreate the chopper's combat-zone appearance. The commercial coatings system included DELFLEET ® EVOLUTION F3997 Epoxy Primer, FDGH Single Stage High Solids Polyurethane Enamel (Olive Drab, code 24087), and DELFLEET ESSENTIAL ® Single-Stage Polyurethane Enamel in low- gloss black for the lettering. Kelly Everhard, paint technician at Finelines Auto Body, Atlantic Highlands, and daughter of a Vietnam veteran Marine, painted the Huey in her spare time, with a large crew of veterans assisting in the restoration—many of whom flew and maintained Hueys during their tours of duty. More than 4,000 hours were logged during the volunteer effort. Photo courtesy of Ken Gurbisz. 35

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