Jimmy Graham Shares His Newly Restored UH-1 Iroquois Helicopter

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Jimmy Graham - November 2018

Jimmy Graham (80) is defended by New England Patriots free safety Devin McCourty (32) during the second quarter at Gillette Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Greg M. Cooper-USA TODAY Sports

 

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 🇺🇸

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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.

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10 Comments on "Jimmy Graham Shares His Newly Restored UH-1 Iroquois Helicopter"

    • PF4L

      When you can find someone to pay you 13 million dollars to be the #1 paid tight end in the NFL, you can afford some cool shit.

      When you get paid an additional 5 million roster bonus (for….not getting cut?), that check will more than cover that helicopter, and put most of your family members in a new home.

      Plus, all that cash makes this hobby possible and creates yet another opportunity to proclaim yourself a hero via social media.

      Salute me.

  1. Stiggy

    Government auctions. You can buy tons of stuff like old helicopters, coast guard boats and decommissioned military equipment. Most of the aircraft requires a 100% rebuild as they strip out a ton of stuff or it was damaged/not maintained for years.

    I’ve looked in to it lol..but an old chinook helicopter shell is still 6 figures

  2. PF4L

    “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 🇺🇸” – thejimmygraham

    Salute us?…..How bout i just whip you off.

  3. Cheese

    I went to the EAA Airventure last summer for the first time. It was super cool. Saw tons of planes and I got to walk through an old fighter helicopter with machine guns mounted in it. Plus, unexpectedly, I got a picture with Robert Brooks.

    • PF4L

      The EAA was mostly an excuse for all of us to get away for two days on the bikes every year. It’s cool as hell, but if you go, wear comfortable shoes.

    • Kato

      “Lastly, will we use him? Well, if were gonna make him the highest paid, we better use him. If we don’t McCarthy should be fired mid season.”

      Yup

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