On September 11, 2001, five militant hijackers crashed a U.S. passenger airliner, American Flight 77, into the Pentagon, headquarters of the United States Department of Defence near Washington D.C. Minutes beforehand another two hijacked airliners were flown into both World Trade Centre towers in New York City. A fourth hijacked Airliner abruptly impacted in the vicinity of an uninhabited area of Shanksville, Pennsylvania. This day became known as ‘9/11’ (Nine Eleven).
Today, almost 20 years later, for a lot of people around the world, not just people in the United States, 9/11 is a vivid memory. Most people can remember exactly where they were and what they were doing when they heard the news. Many people recognise their own life as before 9/11 and the life they live after the event. The world would never be the same again. But for many younger people, the events of Sept 11th 2001 are not a living memory, but something learned secondhand. Perhaps similar to how most of us today learned about WWII and other historical events. These young people have been born into a world where global insecurity is now more prevalent than during the Cold War.
First Responders decal set is not about politics, conspiracy theories or global events. It is about a small fragment of 9/11 and perhaps a good starting point to research history from another angle. This decal set is dedicated to an old workhorse and the people who kept it flying, a machine which found itself on the front line once again, this time during the tragic events of September 11th 2001. UH-1H and UH-1V subjects provided in this decal set were part of the evacuation and recovery operation, they also undertook search and rescue operations after the initial impact at the Pentagon. These Hueys and their crews, like other emergency services present at the Pentagon attacks, were just another element of the overall rescue effort. But it is worthy to mention they are present in much of the recorded film footage and images recorded at that time there. That means that these Hueys and their crews were present on the scene for a very long time, and they deserve to be documented and represented. We want to recognise their efforts that day and this is what inspired us to produce this decal set.
This decal set required much research, investigating and eventual art work. We have to say thanks to many amazing people who helped us with this project, but special thanks to Dave Rosenthal, Ray Wilhite, Tony Knouf, Eric Cmeyla and Timothy Stallings. Their support and information was crucial. We can’t thank them enough.
Although there are only four main subjects in this set, there are bonus decals included too. The bonus decal sheet gives you the chance to build alternative subjects – based on your personal research. This decal set is mostly dedicated to the Military District of Washington and National Guard Hueys, but there are enough markings for some more subjects too. Stencils are included in this set. Paulus Victor will endeavour to publish new subjects with detailed profiles that could be completed with these additional markings. Just follow our website, Facebook or Twitter pages. That will make this set even more valuable in the future.
WHAT IS IN THE ENVELOPE:
– Decal sheet for 4 subjects, and a lot of bonus decals and markings
– Background stories, history and details
– Photo quality profiles and instructions
– Detailed UH-1H/V Huey upgrades guide
– Colors, painting and weathering guide
– Small National Guard sticker
– Recommended literature and related video links
– Personal notes area