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Bell UH-1H Iroquois a.k.a. Huey
The Bell HU-1 (Helicopter Utility One) first flew in June of 1955 as
the XH-40. The production models were designated HU-1A. The "HU"
designator is the source of the nickname "Huey". The Nickname Huey is
so universally used that the assigned name of the helicopter,
"Iroquois", is hardly known and Bell incorporated the name
"HUEY" in the die casting for the rudder pedals. The HU-1A went into
service in June 1959.
Bell Model UH-1H Iroquois (Huey)
The HU-1A was equipped with an 800 shaft horse power (shp) Lycoming T-53-L-1A
turbo shaft engine. It carried seven persons including , pilot, co-pilot, crew
chief, and four passengers. With a gross weight of 7,200 lb. the maximum speed
was 62 knots and a range of 163 nautical miles.
Several versions later, the UH-1H version of the Huey uses a 1,400 shp
Textron Lycoming T53-L-13 turbo shaft engine. The "H" version has a
maximum cruise speed of 120 knots with a range of 276 nautical miles. A total of
4,850 UH-1H Hueys were built between 1967 and 1982. Description:
- Type - Utility Helicopter
- Manufacturer - Bell
- Designation - UH-1H
- Nickname - Iroquois (or "Huey")
- Main Rotor Diameter - 48 ft
- Tail Rotor Diameter - 8 ft 6 in
- Length overall- 57 ft 9.5 in
- Length fuselage - 41 ft 11 in
- Height - 14 ft 6 in.
- Weight - 9,500 lb. max.
- Armament - either two side mount 7.62mm M60 machine guns pintle mounted in
the cabin doors, four 7.62mm M60 machine guns in fixed pairs on the fuselage
sides or two 2.75" 24 rocket pods (one on each side).
- Engine - One Textron Lycoming T53-L-13
- Maximum speed - 120 kts.
- Cruising speed - 110 kts.
- Range 276 nautical miles
- Service Ceiling: 19,400 ft.
- Crew - 3 plus 6 passengers
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