Bell UH-1B 'Iroquois' (Huey)

Bell UH-1B Iroquois at the New England Air Museum

Specifications

Length:   44' 10"
Height:   14' 7"
Rotor Diameter:   44'
Empty Weight:   4,369 lbs.
Gross Weight:   8,500 lbs. max take-off
Cruise Speed:   126 mph
Range:   260 mi.
Powerplant:   Avco Lycoming T-53-L-11
Year:   1962
Serial No.:   62-12550
Location:   Military Hangar

Courtesy of the United States Army Center of Military History

The "Iroquois" was more commonly known as the "Huey" as there were a series of the "HU" models which were subsequently re-designated "UH." Various military versions of this helicopter have been operational with more than 36 air forces around the world. Well over 16,000 have been produced.

The UH-1B served with the U.S. Army in Vietnam and was the mainstay of Army Air Development Operations and served as a ground attack gunship. Other variants were used as transports, airborne medivac ambulances, search/rescue and as general utility aircraft.

The design first flew in 1956 and the aircraft has been produced under license in Japan, Italy and Germany. A pure gunship development of the Huey was the AH-1G "Cobra." Civilian variants, models 204/205, 212 and 214 are in service today

This craft was used by the U.S. Air Force Forward Air Control (USAFFAC) stationed at Brookside Airport, McCordsville, IN.

Please contact if you have any information or comments on, or recollections of the Bell UH-1 series of helicopters.


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