Marianna Fly-In is this Saturday

MARIANNA, Fla. (WJHG/WECP) - Spend just a few minutes with the Friends of Army Aviation-Ozark and they'll tell you there's nothing like a Huey.

"I feel like I'm 25 when I get back in the cockpit," FAAO President Doc Holladay said.

Known for its signature "wop wop" sound, the Huey aircraft model is more than 50 years old.

"Anything over 50 years in the FAA's eyes that's still flying is considered a legacy aircraft," Holladay said.

The goal behind FAAO is to preserve the legacy of U.S. Army Aviation.

"Just think about the 58,000 names that are on the wall in Washington, D.C. Somehow, either directly or indirectly, those 58,000 names were touched by this aircraft," Holladay said.

On Saturday the Friends of Army Aviation-Ozark will be bringing their passion to Jackson County.

"They draw a huge crowd. Huge crowd," Main Street Marianna Director Charlotte Brunner said. "We didn't have them last year, but we've got them back this year, so we're really really pleased to have them back."

The Eighth Annual Armed Forces Day Celebration and Fly-In is Saturday at the Marianna Municipal Airport.

"The more we can get out in front of the public, the more people will understand, and the more people will want to be a part of this aircraft," Holladay said.

Legacy Huey helicopter rides will be $50, but 24 lucky people will get a free ride.

The fly-in gates will open at 8:00 a.m. Saturday. The event lasts until 3:00 p.m.

Admission is free, but there is a fee for helicopter rides.