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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-1F
On display at March Field Air Museum is UH-1F serial number 63-13143.
Designed specifically for the United States Air Force, the F model Huey's
primary mission was to provide logistical support to Inter-Continental Ballistic
Missile sites. Equipped with the more powerful General Electric T 58-GE-3
turbo-shaft engine, the "F" could carry up to ten passengers, making it suitable
for its additional roles within the Air Force as a transport and rescue
helicopter. This aircraft is on loan from the USAF.
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According to the Air Force Historical Research Agency (AFHRA/RSA), Maxwell
AFB, AL, the museum's UH-1F has the following history:
UH-1F Huey Helicopter s/n 63-13143 (Model 204) was manufactured by Bell
Helicopter (Textron) in Fort Worth, Texas and delivered to the United States Air
Force on July 24, 1964. Its assignments were:
July 1964 - Aeronautical Systems Division (AF Systems Command),
Wright-Patterson AFB, Dayton, Ohio. Climatic Hanger Evaluation at Eglin AFB,
Florida, and Arctic Evaluation at Eielson AFB, Alaska; Adverse Weather Tests at
Wright-Patterson AFB, Ohio, and at Desert Test Center in Yuma, Arizona.
October 1965 - Air Force Flight Test Center (AF Systems Command), Edwards,
AFB, California. (Converted to a JUH-1F Huey). X-15 Research Flight Test Program
in the capacity of search, rescue and support. It supported X-15 s/n 56-6672.
February 1968 - Aeronautical Systems Division (AFSC), Wright Patterson AFB OH
(converted back to a UH-1F)
May 1968 - Air Force Flight Test Center (AFSC), Edwards AFB CA
July 1971 - 319th Bombardment (Heavy) Wing (Strategic Air Command), Grand
Forks AFB, North Dakota. Ferry support for 321st Strategic Missile Wing crews to
and from remote Minuteman II sites throughout North Dakota.
October 1973 - Military Aircraft Storage and Disposition Center,
Davis-Monthan AFB, Arizona.
January 1977 - Dropped from the Air Force inventory as surplus, 2,239
recorded airframe hours.