While his play was not all that impressive this past season, high-paid Packers tight end Jimmy Graham does have some impressive hobbies in the off season. According to a recent post on Instagram, he helped facilitate the restoration of a UH-1 Huey helicopter. In case you are not familiar with the Huey, imagine the choppers from every Vietnam movie with Creedence Clearwater Revival playing at full blast. In fact, Graham has helped restore a UH-1 Iroquois that was actually once used during the Vietnam War.
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It has been quite a storm getting this project put together, but it’s finally ready. I’m humbled to be a part of bringing this piece of war history back to life. This UH-1 Iroquois actively fought in Vietnam for the 170th assault helicopter company for over 2000 flight hrs. When she’s ready for passengers we will be flying Veterans, underprivileged kids and young eagles all around the country sharing this piece of history and my passion for the sky. Huge Thank You to everyone involved with making this happen as well as the future volunteers who will bring smiles to so many. Thank you @brian_reynolds11 and Northwest Helicopters for going above and beyond. She is perfect. And the biggest Thank you to this incredible country. We all take from this great nation and it is our duty to give back to the ones who have protected us and to pay it forward to the ones who will succeed us. Salute 🇺🇸
Graham also spends his free time working with the EAA Young Eagles program and was named honorary co-chair. The program offers opportunities for youth 8-17 to learn about aviation and to experience their first flight.
Launched in 1992, the Young Eagles program has dedicated more than 25 years to giving youth ages 8–17 their first free ride in an airplane.
It’s the only program of its kind, with the sole mission to introduce and inspire kids in the world of aviation.