UH-1B Iroquois "Huey"
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|Manufacturer:||Bell Helicopter (Textron), Ft. Worth, TX|
|Nickname:||Iroquois (official), Huey (unofficial)|
|Type:||Helicopter (Utility / General purpose)|
|Length:||41' 6"||12.62 M|
|Height:||12' 8"||3.81 M|
|Rotor Span:||48'||14.63 M|
|Empty Weight:||4430.00 lbs||2009.00 Kg|
|Gross Weight:||9000.00 lbs||4081.00 Kg|
|Max Weight:||9500.00lbs||4308.00 Kg|
|No. of Engines:||1|
|Powerplant:||General Electric T58-GE-3|
|Horsepower (each):||1272, 1325 shp, 820kw|
|Range:||347 miles||558.00 Km|
|Cruise Speed:||123.00 mph||198.00 Km/H||107.03 Kt|
|Max Speed:||138.00 Mph||222.00 Km/H||120.00 Kt|
|Climb:||2123.00 Ft/min||647.06 M/min|
|Ceiling:||22000.0 Ft||6705.30 M|
UH-1 Iroquois "Huey" Helicopter
The iconic aircraft of the Vietnam War the distinctive wop-wop of the Huey's
rotor blades stir the memories of the generation that came to age during the
turbulent 1960s. Uniquely versatile, the multi-purpose UH-1 brought tactical
flexibility to modern ground warfare. With the Huey's innovative design and
rugged reliability, American commanders were able to strike whenever and
wherever they wished. The UH-1 provided speed and surprise while retaining
strong logistical support and the ability to adjust to the changing conditions
of the battlefield.
One of the most successful aircraft designs ever built, the UH-1 grew out of
the need to replace the cumbersome, mechanically complex helicopters brought
into service after the end of the Second World War. Known as the "Huey" after
the phonetic pronunciation of its initial model designation "HU-1", the aircraft
was created by modifying a Bell Model 47 Sioux to provide enough room for seven
soldiers or three stretchers. By 1962 the HU-1 had been re-designated the
Utility Helicopter UH-1. The first helicopter produced in large numbers, the
Huey was equipped with a turbine power plant driving a two-bladed semi-rigid
main rotor and a two-bladed semi-rigid tail rotor taking the aircraft to speeds
of over 100 mph.
In its first fifteen years, over 11 thousand UH-1's saw service in Vietnam.
From the unarmed medical evacuation "Dust Offs" named for the clouds of grit
kicked-up whenever they landed to lightly armed "Slicks", nicknamed for their
unencumbered external appearance, and the heavily armed "Gunships" with its
combinations of offensively oriented machine guns and rockets the UH-1 was the
backbone of Army operations in Southeast Asia.
During its 50- year career, the UH-1 has served under some of the most
adverse conditions imaginable, from the Arctic Circle to the most remote
sun-baked deserts. Although all UH-1's have been retired from active military
service in the United States, there are still hundreds in civilian use and
serving in the armed forces of foreign nations.
The Museum's UH-1B
Although we were initially unable to determine UH-1B 62-12537's whereabouts
from its 1962 manufacture until it was re-conditioned at Corpus Christi, TX in
1968, during the restoration process museum employees and volunteers uncovered
important clues. Stripping away decades of paint revealed the Crossed Sabers of
the 1st Squadron 4th Cavalry and several battle damage repairs (i.e. bullet
holes). Along with a curved nose panel denoting the probable installation of an
M75 40mm Grenade Launcher turret it became clear 62-12537 is in fact, a long
forgotten war-weary, combat veteran of the famous “Quarterhorse" Cavalry. Most
likely a member of the 1st Squadron 4th Cavalry's D Troop Gunship Section the
"Mustangs," a part of 62-12537's missing years, specifically from the units
overseas deployment in 1965 until the 1968 re-conditioning, were spent in
Vietnam participating in some of the most intense fighting of the war.
With this exciting new information, and in keeping with our commitment to
preserving the heritage of the aircraft entrusted to our care, the March Field
Air Museum will restore 62-12537 to its original configuration as a "First of
the Fourth" Gunship. This aircraft is currently owned by the museum.