This rugged and versatile utility helicopter was synonymous with American involvement in the Vietnam War.
About this creation
The UH-1 first flew in 1956. The helicopter's original designation of HU-1 led to its nickname of Huey. The designation was changed to UH-1 in 1962, but "Huey" remained in common use. While the "short-body" Hueys were a success, the Army wanted a version that could carry more troops. In 1966, Bell Helicopter created the definitive version, the UH-1H, by fitting the UH-1D with a Lycoming T53-L-13 engine of 1,400 horsepower. 5,435 UH-1H models were built.
Length- 41' 10"
Rotor Diameter- 48'
Height- 14' 6"
Crew- 1-2 + 13 passengers
Top speed- 127 mph
Range- 318 miles
Armament- Variable, but could be a combination of
2 x M60 machine guns
2 x GAU-17/A machine guns
2 x 7 or 19 shot 2.75" rocket pods
When Bell created the UH-1D and H models, they stretched the fuselage of the UH-1B by 41 inches, allowing four seats to be placed against the transmission, facing out. The helicopter could carry 13 troops and 2 pilots.