Bell UH-1 Iroquois “Huey” C Helicopter

The Bell UH-1 Iroquois helicopter was the workhorse for Army assault units in Vietnam. Known as “Huey,” this helicopter’s body style and rotor sound make it one of the most recognized aircraft in the world. The UH-1 was the first turbine powered helicopter to enter production for the U.S. military. The first UH-1 helicopters entered military service in 1959. Different configurations of the UH-1 were used in Vietnam in a variety of roles, including troop transport, air assault, command and control, and evacuation of the wounded. With its many uses, the Huey transformed modern warfare and became an iconic symbol of the Vietnam War.

This specific helicopter served in Vietnam from 1967-1975 with the 334th AHC (Assault Helicopter Company), the 118th AHC, and the 116th AHC. Its current interpretation reflects a model C gunship.

Technical Data

Engine: 1000 kW Lycoming T53-L-13, 1400 SHP, 6,600 RPM
Armament: Various combinations of fixed and flexible .30 caliber, .50 caliber, 7.62mm machine guns (both single and multiple barrel); 20mm cannon, 40mm grenade launchers, 2.75-inch (70mm) unguided, folding fin aerial rockets (FFARs); TOW or AGM-22A antitank missiles
Fuselage Length: 57′
Height: 14’11”
Rotor Diameter: 48′
Empty Weight: 5,200 lbs
Max Weight: 9,000 lbs
Range: 330 miles
Service Ceiling: 24,800 ft
Max Speed: 140 mph
Max Cruise: 115 mph
Crew: 2 pilots and 2 gunners