Bell UH-1 A/B/C/E/F Iroquois “HUEY” (model 204)

In 1952 began the career of what would later be the best known helicopter in the world, the Bell UH-1 Iroquois (Bell model 204/205), known worldwide as “Huey“. At that time, the US Army issued a requirement for the development of a powerful, reliable, medium-sized helicopter that was easy to maintain, quite the opposite of what most helicopters in service offered at that time. Initially, the helicopter would be used mainly in medical evacuation (medevac), general utility and training missions. About 20 companies applied for the contract, which was finally awarded to Bell Helicopter in February 1955.

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Country of origin

United States

Builder

Bell Helicopter Textron

Type

Utility helicopter (UH)

Entered service

1959

Crew

1 or 2

Combat weight

4,309 kg

Overall length

16.15 meters

Fuselage length

12.77 meters

Main rotor diameter

13.41 meters

Power plant

UH-1A: 1 x Lycoming T53-L-1 turboshaft engine, 770 shp
UH-1B: 1 x Lycoming T53-L-5 turboshaft engine, 960 shp
UH-1C: 1 x Lycoming T53-L-11 turboshaft engine, 1,100 shp

Speed

max. 220 km/h – cruise 204 km/h

Climb rate

488 meters per minute

Ceiling, (maximum)

UH-1C: 3,505 meters – UH-1E: 6,400 meters

Range

UH-1C: max. 615 km – UH-1E: max. 480 km

Load capacity

UH-1B: 8 passengers

Armament

Wide variety of 12.7 & 7.62mm MGs, 70mm rocket pods, 40mm grenade launchers, ATGWs, torpedoes and depth charges among others

Production

About 2,450 of A/B/C/E & F variants