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Bell UH-1 Iroquois

First Flight

October 20, 1956


Vietnam Hangar

Dimensions & Capacity

Crew: 1-4
Length: 57 ft 1 in (17.40 m) with rotors
Height: 14 ft 5 in (4.39 m)
Capacity: 3,880 lb (1,760 kg) including 14 troops, or 6 stretchers, or equivalent cargo
Empty Weight: 5,215 lb (2,365 kg)
Max Take Off Weight: 9,500 lb (4,309 kg)


Speed: 135 mph (220 km/h, 117 kn)
Service Ceiling: 19,390 ft (5,910 m) dependent on factors such as weight, air temperature, etc
Range: 315 mi (510 km, 274 nmi)


Static Aircraft


Guns: 7.62 mm machine guns, 50 Calibre Machine guns, Mini-guns, Grenade Launchers​
Rockets: 2.75 in (70 mm) rocket pods

Loan Status

This aircraft is owned by the Valiant Air Command, Inc.

The Bell UH-1 Iroquois (nicknamed “Huey”) is a utility military helicopter powered by a single turboshaft engine, with two-bladed main and tail rotors. The first member of the prolific Huey family, it was developed by Bell Helicopter to meet a 1952 US Army requirement for a medical evacuation and utility helicopter, and first flew in 1956. The UH-1 was the first turbine-powered helicopter produced for the United States military, and more than 16,000 have been built since 1960.

The Iroquois was originally designated HU-1, hence the Huey nickname, which has remained in common use, despite the official redesignation to UH-1 in 1962. The UH-1 first saw service in combat operations during the Vietnam War, with around 7,000 helicopters deployed. The Bell 204 and 205 are Iroquois versions developed for the civil market.

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