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One could safely argue the UH-­‐1 Huey is the best known helicopter in history. It may well be the most widely used helicopter in the world. Developed by Bell, the official name of the UH-­‐ 1 was Iroquois. In the late 1950's the Army designation was HU-­1, as in Helicopter Utility. From that designation the nickname "Huey" took on a life of its own.

The UH-­1 first arrived in Vietnam in 1963 and before America's involvement in the war ended as many as 7,000 Hueys were deployed. The UH-­1 was a versatile aircraft used for air assault, troop transport, medical evacuation and as helicopter gunships. As depicted in the Vietnam Base Camp replica at Patriots Point, the UH-­‐1 played a pivotal role in the Brown River Navy; the river patrol boats and other Navy craft that patrolled the dangerous Mekong Delta.

Craft Stats

Type Single-­engine Multi-­role Utility Helicopter
Manufacturer Bell
Powerplant One 820-­kW (1100-­hp) Lycoming T53-­L-­11 turbo-shaft engine
Maximum speed 238 km/h (148 mph) at sea level
Initial climb rate 427 m/min (1400 fpm)
Range 615 km (381 miles) with auxiliary fuel
Service ceiling 3505 m (11,500 ft)
Weights Empty 2300 kg (5060 lb) Maximum take-­‐off 4309 kg (9480 lb)
Dimensions Rotor diameter: 13.41 m (44 ft) Length: 12.98 m (42 ft 7 in) Height: 3.84 m (12 ft 7 in) Rotor disc area: 141.26 m2 (1520 sq ft)
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