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Liberals Say “Racism,” But the Real Reason for Helicopter Names Is Remarkable

For a long time, the liberals have criticized the military’s tradition of naming helicopters after Native Americans, saying that names like the Black Hawk, Apache, the Lakota, counts as insults.

But apparently, they know nothing about the history behind all of those meaningful names. So, the employees at the U.S. Army Aviation Museum in Fort Rucker, Alabama decided to educate them.

Three years ago Maj. Crispin Burke, an active duty U.S. Army aviator, spoke with the museum’s employees, who explained that the tradition started with Army Gen. Hamilton Howze, a military figure of the 20th-century and a huge force in the development of the U.S. copter strategy

“According to the museum director, early Army helicopters had relatively benign names like Hoverfly,” Burke reported. “That apparently didn’t sit well with Gen. Hamilton Howze, one of the pioneers of air-mobile warfare.”

Bob Mitchell, the museum’s curator, said Howze “envisioned the helicopter as a fast, mobile, stealthy machine on the field of battle using terrain and vegetation to an advantage similar to the Warrior Tribes” that fought the U.S. Army in the Plains and mountains of the West.

Due to Howze’s influence, the Army commissioned a copter was named the H-13 Sioux in 1947.

“The rest is history,” Mitchell added.

“Piston-powered whirlybirds like the Shawnee, Choctaw, and Chickasaw soon followed,” Burke wrote. “In 1959, the Army christened its first turbine-powered helicopter the UH-1 Iroquois, although aircrews would universally refer to their beloved ride as the Huey.”

Anyhow, in the 60s the military ended the new tradition and named a new helicopter after a snake, the HueyCobra.

Burke wrote: “Nevertheless, some Native American leaders were actually taken aback that the new aircraft wasn’t named for a Native American tribe. Indeed, though Army officials broke with tradition in an effort to not offend Native American tribes, the gesture actually backfired.”

But due to the criticism, the military ended up returning to the tradition of giving the helicopters names after Native Americans.

And till this day the military has been following the tradition and naming the new helicopters after “tribes that historians have noted for their martial prowess,” Burke wrote.

Though the liberals criticize the military for naming the helicopters after Native Americans, claiming it’s insulting to the Natives, the reality is the military if honoring them.

Simon Waxman, a liberal journalist, who considers himself to be an anti-racist, doesn’t believe in “the myth of the worthy native adversary.”

“(T)he conquered tribes of this land were not rivals but victims, cheated and impossibly outgunned,” he wrote in an article for The Washington Post in 2014.

But it turns out, the racist here is Waxman himself and not the military who have been honoring the Native Americans for decades.

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  1. Pingback: Liberals Cry “Racism” At Military Helicopter Names — Army Major Sets Them Straight with True Story Behind the Names – PoliticsFocus

  2. Hans knudsen

    December 6, 2017 at 7:16 pm

    I am glad they are giving honor to our Native Americans in this way. They deserve this & more for our first American hero’s.Judy k

  3. John Sokol Jr

    December 8, 2017 at 6:42 am

    I think this is an honer for the American Indian to have helicopters named after them God Bless An Amen

  4. Gale Myers

    December 8, 2017 at 10:18 pm

    In the old west, no one wanted to meet with an Apache warrior because they were fierce and deadly. In Vietnam, the Apache gun ships had the same reputation.

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