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  • Over 7,000 members and 275 exhibitors attended the 2015 Summit!
  • 2016 ARMY AVIATION MISSION SOLUTIONS SUMMIT
    Atlanta, GA | APRIL 27-30, 2016 | This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
  • 10/6-8 - Luther G. Jones Professional Aviation Forum
  • 11/16-17 - Aircraft Survivability Professional Forum
  • 11/18-19 - Joseph P. Cribbins Aviation Product Symposium
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  • For 2015 Highlights and Videos, go to 2015 Summit - Photos are on our Facebook page
    Thank you to all who made the 2015 Army Aviation Mission Solutions Summit a success!
  • 2016 ARMY AVIATION MISSION SOLUTIONS SUMMIT
    Atlanta, GA | APRIL 27-30, 2016 |This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
  • 10/6-8 - Luther G. Jones Professional Aviation Forum
  • 11/16-17 - Aircraft Survivability Professional Forum
  • 11/18-19 - Joseph P. Cribbins Aviation Product Symposium
  • Applications for Scholarship are now being accepted.  Deadline May 1, 2015

Army Aviation Hall of Fame 2004 Induction

COL Harry Townsend (Ret.) – a veteran of three wars, a master Army aviator with more than 8,000 hours (of which more than 1,700 are combat) and a master parachutist – began his military service with the Citizens Military Training Corps. During World War II he was commissioned a second lieutenant and served in Europe.

In 1947 he applied for flight training. When there was no response he and 19 other black parachutists bought an Aeronca Chief and formed a flying club in Fayetteville, N.C. His outstanding service with the 555th Parachute Infantry was rewarded with a Regular Army commission. Townsend completed fixed-wing and helicopter training in 1950, and went on to fly hundreds of combat missions in Korea in H-13 and liaison fixed-wing aircraft.

Following seven years of important staff and command assignments, Townsend took command of the 268th Combat Aviation Brigade in Vietnam. He led the unit's largest air assault, inserting all combat elements of the 173rd Airborne Bde. and a battery of 155mm howitzers.

Townsend's last years of military service were in the offices of the Army's Inspector General, the Secretary of Army and the Secretary of Defense. After retirement he served for seventeen years on AAAA's National Executive Board, ten as trustee and treasurer of the Scholarship Foundation, and as international judge in national and international helicopter championships.