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Huey
UH-1 Iroquois "Huey"
Production information
Manufacturer

Bell Helicopter

Model

UH-1

Class

Utility helicopter

Technical specifications
Length

17.4 m with rotors

Width

2.62 m (fuselage)

Height

4.39 m

Mass

4,100 kg loaded

Maximum acceleration

135 mph

Power plant
  • Lycoming T53-L-11 turboshaft
Armament

Varies with model

Crew

1-4

Minimum crew

Pilot

Passengers

14

Cargo capacity

1,760 kg including 14 troops, or 6 stretchers, or equivalent cargo

Usage
Year introduced

1959

Role(s)

Varies with model

Era(s)

Mid-20th-present

Affiliation

US Army

  [Source]

The Bell UH-1 Iroquois, better known colloquially as the Huey, is a multi-role turbine-powered military helicopter, introdcued in 1959. Since that time, over 16,000 have been produced worldwide, making it one of the most widespread helicopters in existence. The helicopter is most famous for its use in the Vietnam War — Huey helicopters unloading Air Cavalry troops remains one of the most iconic images of the conflict.

OverviewEdit

The Huey is famed for its ruggedness, able to continue flying even after sustaining serious damage. Designed as a multi-role aircraft, the helicopter remains best known as a troop transport but has also operated in the gunship, casevac and reconnaissance roles, and has been adopted for civilian use. During the Vietnam War, Huey gunship's were often custom-modified for their task by crews in the field.

While the UH-1 has been officially phased out of US military service and replaced with the UH-60 Black Hawk, several are still operated by the National Guard. The helicopter continues to find use elsewhere around the globe.

Notable CraftEdit

TriviaEdit

  • The helicopter's nickname was derived from its original designation of HU-1, which quickly came to be phoneticized as "Huey". While the designation was later changed to UH-1, the nickname stuck, to the point where the helicopter's official US Army designation is almost never used in practice.
  • The helicopter in Aliens vs. Predator: Requiem is actually a civilian version of the UH-1 — the Bell 205.[1]
  • The UD-4L Cheyenne Dropship in Aliens intentionally included elements of the Huey in its design.[2]

AppearancesEdit

GalleryEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. http://www.rotaryaction.com/a.html
  2. James Cameron, Gale Anne Hurd, Gordon Carroll, David Giler, Walter Hill, Stan Winston, Simon AthertonSuperior Firepower: Making Aliens (2003), 20th Century Fox [DVD].

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