EMU INC. derives its name from the radio call sign of a unique unit in Army aviation history, the 135th Assault Helicopter Company. The 135th was a typical Vietnam era Assault Helicopter Company with the major exception that it was composed of both U.S. Army and Royal Australian Navy personnel. Because of this unique composition, the 135th was considered an Experimental Military Unit, hence its call sign E.M.U. or EMU. EMU INC. is a non-profit corporation formed for the following purposes:
1. To own and operate accurately recreated, airworthy specimens of the aircraft utilized by the 135th AHC during its service in Vietnam (UH-1D/H and UH-1C/M helicopters) and to make these aircraft available to museums and air shows for public display.
2. To make available to the public written and visual materials concerning the history of the 135th AHC including Steve Eather’s 1998 book, Get The Bloody Job Done, as well as photographic histories of recreated EMU aircraft maintained by EMU INC.
3. To maintain a website in conjunction with the 135th AHC website already in existence to encourage the collection and dissemination of information about the 135th AHC.
4. To assist other organizations in educating the public on the history of all Vietnam era Assault Helicopter Companies.