UH-1 Iroquois

• Troop carrier • Helicopter gunship • Medical evacuation

Подпись: ▲ The UH-1 was the workhorse of the in Vietnam. By moving men quickly to the scene of action, the US Army could toko on the highly mobile Viet Cong.UH-1 IroquoisAmerican soldiors in Vietnam won a prolonged, hand-to-hand battle with North Vietnamese infantry in the la Drang Valley in 1965, thanks to a new concept: air cavalry. The Bell UH-1 Iroquois helicopter, or ‘Huey’, enabled air cavalry soldiers to move from one firefight to another by air, leapfrogging the enemy and seizing the advantage. The ‘Huey’ revolutionised warfaro, adding a new dimension to air mobility.

UH-1 Iroquois▼ Purple haze

Landing on a purple smoke signal from tho ground troops, a ‘Huey’ lands at an artillery hrebase to offload shells earned m a cargo net.

Подпись: Wounded warrior ► Under careful guidance from the ground, a Chinook bnngs in a damaged 'Huey'. Although it was a good tactical helicopter, the UH-1 was very susceptible to ground fke and many pilots were killed.

A Machine-gun

Fitted with twin 7.62-mm Browning machine-guns, tho UH-1 was a devastating gunship.

▼ Resupply mission

The ‘Huey’ allowed ground units to refuel anywhere. This UH – ID is carrying a cargo of fuel cans.

◄ Straight into action

Troops would often iump into a landing zone. especially it the pilots suspected that the area was mined.


The ‘Huoy’ helicopter was the first turbine – powered aircraft to sorve with tho US Army when it was adopted in 1959.

► The first prototype In the series made its first flight on 22 October 1956.

► Thousands of UH-1s wore shot down in Viotnam, mainly by small-arms fire.

► In Vietnam, tho ‘Huey’ replaced the Piasecki H-21 as tho principal US Army troop-carrying holicoptor.

► The UH-10 had a lengthened fusolage and was first flown on 16 August 1963.

► The total number of aircraft in tho ‘Huey’ family exceeds 11,000.



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Type: generat-puipose helicopter

Powurplant: one 1044-kW (i.-tOO-hp.) Avco Lycoming T53I3B turboshiitt

Maximum speed: 204 krrvTi (126 m. p.n) Renge: 383 km (237 mi.) at sea tevei


Loft: ‘Huoys’ had to fly m extremely dangerous conditions. UH-1 crow casualties in Vietnam were exceeded only by the Marines and Army ground troops.


Service ceiling: 5790 m (19.000 fL|


Hover ceiling: 4635 m 05.200 ft.)


Weights: empty 2177 kg (4.78916.); maximum take-o!! 3856 kg (8.483 lb l

Armament: up to 3800 *g 18.300 id.) of g. ms rockets, missiles and grenades, including 40- mm gmnade-launcher. 70-mm air-to-ground rocket proiectues and 7.62-mm (.30 cal) machine-guns


rotor o-ameter 14.63 m (48 ft.)

length 12.31 m (40 ft 5 in)

height &77 m (12 ft. 5 in )

rotor e*c area 168 fflm’ (1.809 sq. ft.)


grenade-launchers or four side-mounted guns On tlie Ktttlefield.1 soldier might lie put into action at the I./ (landing zoneI In – one lluey, given covering file In another and taken to the field hospital by a third Cl 1-1


Right: Flying tho ‘Huoy’ in Vietnam required good handling skills. Carrying a full load of troops in •hot-and-high" conditions, often landing in small /ungle clearings while under intense ground-tire, tho pilots soon learned tactical dying skills.


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The standard US Army helicopter in Vietnam, the UH-1
was first introduced in 1959 and continues in service
(in modified form) to this dny. This ni/cratt is a ‘slick’
troop-carrier version, without external armament.




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■ PIASECKI H-21 SHAWNEE: this twn-rotor machine was the tirst US Army helicopter deployed In Vietnam In support ot the ARVN. It was soon replaced by – Hueys’ and Chinooks.


■ SIKORSKY H-34 CHOCTAW: Used mainly by the US Marine Corps, the H-34 was fital used for undercover missions wtlh the Special Forces in Laos. Westland based ns Wessex on the H-34


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