Yes, those are Vietnam War era helicopters parked on the grounds of the National Archives of the United States in Washington. The three choppers were installed November 6 outside the imposing Archives building on Constitution Avenue and will remain until tomorrow, November 12. The helicopters, provided by the North Carolina Vietnam Helicopter Pilots Association, are the most visible part of an extensive and wide-ranging National Archives exhibit called Remembering Vietnam, which opened to the public yesterday, November 10, and will remain on display through January 6, 2019.
The heart of the exhibit is a slew of important documents and photographs from the Archives’ Vietnam War collection. “They trace the policies and decisions made by the architects of the conflict and help untangle why the United States became involved in Vietnam, why it went on so long, and why it was so divisive for American society,” the exhibit’s organizers said.
“Remembering Vietnam is a resource for refreshing our collective memory. Its collection of evidence provides an opportunity for new insight and greater understanding of one of the most consequential wars in American history.”
Aside from photographs and documents, there are many old and newly discovered photographs, as well as special sections devoted to POWs in the Hanoi Hilton, Women Vietnam War veterans, helicopters, the Vietnam Veterans Memorial, the year 1967, the Vietnam War generation, the war’s lessons, and the service of Vietnam War veterans.
Not un-coincidentally, David Ferriero, the Archivist of the United States, served as a U.S. Navy Corpsman in the Vietnam War.
The exhibit is free and open to the public.