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Bell UH-1 Iroquois "Huey"

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The prototype Bell Model 204 first flew in 1956 and was the first turbine powered aircraft ordered by the U.S. Army.  Initially designated the H-40 following the U.S.A.F. designating system, this aircraft was re-designated the HU-1 when it entered service in 1959.  Although officially named "Iroquois", it was better known as the "Huey" based on this designation.

In 1962, the U.S. Military changed it's designating system and again changed the designation of the Huey to UH-1.  At the same time a lengthened version, the Model 205 was introduced.  This went into service as the UH-1D.

The Huey saw action in Vietnam serving as everything from medevac to air assault roles.  It served in all four branches of the U.S. uniformed services and in the armed forces of at least 48 other nations.  Both Models 204 and 205 are license built by Fuji in Japan and Agusta in Italy.

 Specifications (UH-1B)  Designations
Type: Utility Helicopter
Seats: 2 pilots & 7 passengers
Engine: one 1,100 hp (820 kW) Avco Lycoming T53-L-11D turboshaft
204/205: Bell model numbers
H-40: Initial U.S. Army designation
HU-1: U.S. Army designation (pre-1962)
UH-1: U.S. military designation (after 1962)
TH-1: Training version
HH-1: SAR version
CUH-1: Canadian Forces designation (later CH-118)
EH-1: ECM version
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page updated 13 February 2008



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