Uniquely maneuverable and capable, helicopters have allowed people to accomplish incredible and invaluable things, whether in military or civil service, or even in the corporate world. As a result, HeliPlaqueTM owner Paul Bartlett creates these plaques to give you something that will humbly and reverently draw attention to those accolades.
Our plaques are made by inlaying the cross-section of a real helicopter main rotor blade (that has been in service) to a beautiful piece of North American hardwood with satin urethane and rounded edges. Each plaques includes a black anodized information plate, and, if desired, a service branch challenge coin that we supply (for military plaques), and an inlay spot for another challenge coin that you supply. For an additional cost, high resolution photos, patches, medals, and other items can be engraved into the wood. Two styles of plaque are available: Commemorative or Memorial. For those who have paid the ultimate price for their relationship with helicopters, the rotor blade cross-sections of the Memorial plaques can be painted black and an inlay spot for a POW/MIA bracelet that you supply can be added.
- North American hardwood (your choice)
- satin urethane finish and rounded edges
- a cross-section of a real helicopter main rotor blade that has been in service on the type of helicopter described (see below for list of available rotor blades) inlayed 1/8" - 1/4"
- for Memorial plaques only: a black paint covers the rotor blade cross-section (or left natural upon special request)
- a flat black anodized information plate 2" by 41/2" engraved with the text of your choice
- If desired, a service branch challenge coin (Army, Navy, Air Force, Marines, Coast Guard) will be inlayed flush, to the left of the information plate
- If desired, an inlay spot will be created to the right of the information plate for a challenge coin that you already have and can set in place yourself, or send to us to attach
- If desired, for Memorial plaques only, an inlay spot will be created to the left of the challenge coin for a POW/MIA bracelet
- If desired, high resolution photos, patches, medals, and other items can be engraved into the wood
- a horizontal keyhole slot is routed into the back of the plaque to enable wall mounting or desktop display
- "HeliPlaqueTM" is branded on the back to guarantee authenticity
The Commemorative Plaque makes a superlative gift for any occasion from a wife, son, daughter, or relative wanting to acknowledge and pay tribute to their loved one's service.
The Memorial Plaque will last for generations as the ultimate tribute to the best friend, pilot, co-pilot, crew chief, door gunner, father, son, or other relative you want to memorialize.
Our Rotor Blade Inventory
|Large: 23" long, 71/4" wide, about 1" thick
||Bell 205, UH-1 all models|
Sikorsky S-61, HH-3, all models
|Medium: 181/2" long, 71/4" wide, about 1" thick
||Sikorsky S-58, CH-34, all models|
Hiller 12, OH-23, all models
Bell 206, OH-58 all models
Bell 47, OH-13 all models
|Small: 101/2" long, 71/4" wide, about 1" thick
Hughes 500, OH-6, all models
Hughes 269, TH-55, all models
Paul E. Bartlett of Courtland, AL started HeliPlaqueTM in January 2007 after more than 40 years in aviation. Enlisted in the U.S. Army, Paul was a helicopter mechanic and pilot serving in Germany, Vietnam, and Alaska. After a brief stint using his flight skills on the construction of the Alaskan Pipeline, Paul had a full and decorated career as a trooper and pilot for the Alaska State Troopers. In "retirement", Paul earned his Airframe and Powerplant License and worked restoring antique aircraft before applying his passions to launch HeliPlaqueTM.
- 1964 Graduated three Army Helicopter Maintenance Schools
- Assigned to Germany in a CH-34 helicopter detachment
- 1966 Graduated Warrant Officer flight training
- 1967 Graduated Aircraft maintenance officers' school
- 1967-1968 Served with 71st Assault Helicopter Co. Vietnam
- 1968 Vietnam Direct Commission 2nd LT.
- 1968 CO 18th Transportation Co. Ft. Wainwright, AK
- 1970-1971 Pilot for Merric Helicopters Fairbanks, AK
- 1972 Trooper and pilot for Alaska State Troopers
- 1994 Retired from Alaska State Troopers
- 1994 Licensed Airframe and Powerplant Mechanic
- 1996 Mechanic, Wingworks Cannan, CT rebuilding antique aircraft
- 2007 Started HeliPlaqueTM