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1956 Bell UH-1D “Huey” Iroquois

Bell UH-1 Iroquois

SN – 70-16213 | 68-16138 | 70-16407

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.

1956 Bell UH-1D “Huey” Iroquois


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)


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

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