ketchThis is a preliminary rough drawing for the American Helicopter Museum. The painting commemorates the crew of Yankee 26, led by CW4 Larry Murphy, Ret. The iconic rooftop landing, conducted during Operation MOUNTAIN RESOLVE in support of soldiers from the 10th Mountain Division, was accomplished in severe, rugged terrain, under threat of enemy fire, and quickly went viral. I took the photograph as a guide and show the same seen from below and in front, showing the pilots and crew preforming their tasks. It is not a view any photographer could capture unless they can float in space.
The AHMEC is a non-profit organization whose mission is to preserve rotary-wing aviation history, educate about helicopters and their lifesaving missions, and inspire all generations. Their impact on the community is tremendous, but they rely solely on donations to operate. Their primary fundraising event is their annual Gala, where Larry Murphy is being honored this year.
The museum chose Larry Murphy as their honoree this year for a variety of reasons. He is the epitome of a true citizen soldier having served almost 39 years in the military, including the US Army and several state Army National Guards. Additionally, he is an Air Methods EMS pilot for the Lehigh Valley Health network, and is a volunteer with the PA Wing Civil Air Patrol. They are thrilled to honor Larry and his various contributions to aviation!
To learn more about this picture or the Gala please follow this link. http://www.americanhelicoptermuseum.com