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It's not often you can take a ride into history, but that's what you will be able to do at the 2013 New Smyrna Beach Balloon & Sky Fest April 5-7 at the New Smyrna Beach Municipal Airport.
How about a ride in the most iconic aircraft to serve in Vietnam -- the Huey helicopter?
The Huey became a symbol of U.S. combat forces in Vietnam, and millions of people worldwide watched it fly in TV news reports. At the peak of the war in March 1970, the U.S. military operated more than 2,600 Hueys in Vietnam in both medevac and gunship roles.
Ride tickets will be available at the event for $60. For more information, visit www.armyav.org.
On the civilian side of aviation, no aircraft is more iconic than the DC-3. The Balloon & Sky Fest will welcome Flagship Detroit, a restored American Airlines DC-3. The aircraft will be on static display all weekend along with its crew decked out in period uniforms. Attendees can become a member of the Flagship Detroit Foundation and take a ride in the plane after the event. Membership in the Flagship Detroit Foundation is $150, and can be purchased at the event.
For more information, visit flagshipdetroit.org.
If something more modern appeals to you, there also will be rides available in a small helicopter and in single-engine Cessna 172 airplanes for $30 per person. Tickets for these rides will be for sale at the event.
If you're more of a hot-air balloon fan, one-hour passenger flights will be available. They take off at dawn on Saturday and Sunday, and cost $230 per person. Short tethered balloon rides will be available Friday and Saturday evenings and Saturday and Sunday mornings for $10 per person. Balloon rides will depend on weather conditions.
Admission is $5, with veterans with ID and children younger than 12 free. Parking is free. Visit balloonandskyfest.com for more information.