Harold Kernahan – CW5, AV (Ret)


Harry Kernahan has over 45 years of flying experience. He has over 10,000 fixed and rotary wing flight hours of which 1,400 hours were flown in combat in Vietnam. Harry served as an Aircraft Commander flying UH-1H helicopters in Vietnam with the 189th Assault Helicopter Company in 1969 and1970. The 189th was assigned to the 52nd Aviation battalion, 17th Aviation Group, 1st Aviation Brigade and was based at Camp Holloway, near Pleiku, in the Central Highlands.

Harry’s other military and civilian flight experience includes:

  • U.S. Army Master Aviator
  • Army Instructor Pilot and Instrument Examiner
  • Battalion and Division Standardization Instructor Pilot
  • Emergency Services Pilot
  • Airline Pilot
  • FAA Inspector
  • Certified Flight Instructor, Instrument rated (CFII) for Helicopters and Airplanes

Mr. Kernahan’s distinguished military awards include the Silver Star, Legion of Merit, Distinguished Flying Cross, Bronze Star Medal, Meritorious Service Medal (2 Oak Leaf Clusters), and 15 Air Medals (one with ‘V’ device for Valor).

Harry Kernahan entered the U.S. Army in December 1965 and entered flight school in 1968. His overseas assignments include tours in Korea, Vietnam, Germany and Honduras. He has flown the Army’s UH-1, OH-58, CH-47, C-12, and RC-12 aircraft. Mr. Kernahan served on active duty until his retirement in 1994 with the rank of Chief Warrant Officer 5 (CW5).

Kernahan is a Master Army Aviator, and a FAA certified airplane and helicopter instructor, type rated in the BV-234 helicopter, and the CE-500 airplane. He is rated as an instrument instructor for both helicopters and airplanes.

Harry and his wife Petra have two children, and two grandchildren.


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