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A new exhibit at the National Archives Museum in Washington, D.C. answers the question "Why did the United States enter the war in Vietnam?" through never-before-seen footage and documents.

Americans are getting a cockpit view of history thanks to a group of Vietnam helicopter pilots


A little over twenty years ago, Jerry Seago had an idea.

A former Vietnam helicopter pilot, Seago and a few other pilots in his home state of North Carolina wanted to help other people understand what they did during the Vietnam War.

So they acquired a helicopter. And they took it to a parade.

Twenty years later, they have six helicopters - three of which are on display at the National Archives Museum in Washington, D.C. for Veteran's Day. Seago and the other members of what is now The Vietnam Helicopter Pilot's Association stood outside on a cold November morning, giving tours to schoolchildren and tourists.

During the year, the Association takes these helicopters around to different groups - everything from church groups to parades and schools - to educate a new generation on what it was like to fight in the Vietnam War.

As for the future, Seago isn't sure what will keep the veterans connected after they stop giving helicoptor tours. But he has another idea for keeping the community together. "I bought a party bus," he said with a grin.

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