The recent transfer of five former US Army Bell UH-1 Hueys
to the Philippines
made me think of Francis Ford Coppola's 1979 film Apocalypse Now.
being off limits, the film was shot entirely in the Philippines. The helicopters in the
famous Ride of the Valkyries attack scene were former Vietnam War choppers
flown by Philippine Air Force crews. Several times during filming they broke
off mid-scene - to Coppola's horror - and flew off to bombard rebels operating
in the nearby jungle.
The film is now a classic among war buffs. Like many classic
aircraft, the film's birth was a difficult one. The project ran years behind
schedule, blew its budget, and suffered from several personnel changes. A
testament that something really cool can emerge from something really messy.