Huey Helicopter

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Lycoming T-53
1,100 h.p.
57 ft. 1 in.
14 ft. 5 in.
5,215 lbs.
9,500 lbs.
125 mph
135 mph
1,750 fpm
19,400 feet
315 miles

Huey Helicopter

Huey Helicopter

Development of the Huey Helicopter, officially the Bell UH-1 Iroquois, dates back to 1955. With updates, this utility helicopter is still in popular use today. Although officially named the Iroquois, it is best known as the Huey.

The Huey Helicopter first saw action in Vietnam with the U.S. Army in 1962. Its first use was for medical evacuation and troop transport. Later, the Huey Helicopter was fitted with machine guns and rockets for close air support of ground troops. Some 7,000 Huey Helicopters were deployed to Vietnam. Of those, some 2,500 were lost in combat.

It was 1967 when the U.S. Air Force Huey Helicopter saw action transporting recon and covert operation teams in Vietnam, Cambodia and Laos. These helicopters were primarily armed with automatic grenade launchers in their doors.

U. S. Navy Huey Helicopters saw action in Vietnam in the 1970's when equipped as gunships. Their primary mission was working in tandem with Swift boats and other “brown water” river craft.

Recent upgrades to the helicopter include more powerful engines, wider rotor blades and increased fuel capacity.

Today the Huey Helicopter is used around the world. The California Dept. of Forestry employs a total of 11 of the helicopters. The helicopters used by the CDF are fitted with either 324 gallon foam/water buckets or a fixed 360 gallon foam/water tank.

Manned by contractors, the Huey Helicopter is still in use today in Afghanistan supporting drug enforcement operations. The U.S. Air Force continues to use the Huey Helicopter for VIP transport and ICBM site support.

Approximately 16,000 Huey Helicopters were built before production ended in 1987.

Huey Helicopter Vario

Huey Helicopter

This Huey helicopter from Vario is a fuselage kit for petrol mechanics. It has a length of 67 in. and a width of 13 in. Rotor diameter is 71 in. It comes in 9 pieces.

Another Huey Helicopter from Vario is 58 in. long and 11 1/2 in. wide. Rotor diameter is 64 in. It comes as a 10 piece fuselage kit.

The Huey Helicopter that uses Sky Fox mechanics from Vario is a model D and comes as a 11 piece kit. It is 65 1/2 in. long, 13 in. wide, and has a 71 in. diameter rotor.