THE BATTLESHIP IOWA MUSEUM
A NAVAL AVIATION EXPERIENCE
Battleship IOWA opens an exhibit to honor its naval aviation past. Guests will get to see up-close a Korean War-era Piasecki HUP-2 Retriever Helicopter, fully restored and sitting on IOWA’s flight deck. Guest will also be able to have an Augmented Reality HUP Experience of flying an actual HUP helicopter, as well as, take a simulated ride in a Virtual Reality Navy Flight Theatre. Battleship IOWA has teamed up with Flight Avionics to provide guests with a true naval aviation experience. There are six different in-flight experiences riders may choose from. Guests are able to ride the Flight Simulator with a purchase of a Combo Tour and Ride Ticket. A separate $8 ticket is available for the Flight Simulator only.
The aviation story of the Battleship IOWA goes back to when the ship was commissioned in 1943. At commissioning, she was equipped with a catapult based float planes. Shortly after the end of World War II, the flight deck was modified to act as one of the first helicopter flight decks aboard a surface combatant. During the ship’s service in the Korean War, helicopters operated from the flight deck of IOWA for critical missions including rescuing downed pilots, forward observation, and supply replenishment. The use of helicopters onboard the battleship remained constant throughout her career, ultimately retiring for her final time in 1990.
This Korean War-era Piasecki HUP Retriever will be proudly displayed on the historic decks of Battleship IOWA. As an important artifact, which tells the important story of battleship-based helicopter aviation, it is a perfect addition to our public education programs, as well as a moving memorial to rotary-wing aviators of that period chronicling helicopter aviation during the Korean War. It is one of the last remaining HUP-2 helicopters available in the United States.