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The UH-1 evolved from a 1955 Army competition for a new utility helicopter. The Army employed it in various roles, later including that of an armed escort or attack gunship in Vietnam. The USAF, USN, and USMC eventually adopted the model as did Canada, Brazil, and West Germany. The initial Army designation was HU-1, which led to the common unofficial nickname of "Huey." It was redesignated in 1962 as the UH-1 under a triservice agreement.

USAF orders for the Huey began in 1963 for UH-1Fs, intended for support duties at missile sites, and for TH-1Fs for instrument and hoist training and medical evacuation. The HH-1 H incorporated a longer fuselage and larger cabin for a crew of two and up to eleven passengers or six litters. The USAF ordered these in 1970 as local base rescue helicopters to replace the HH-43 "Huskie." The first of the USAF's UH-1Ns, a twin-engine utility version capable of cruising on one engine, was obtained in 1970. uh1p


  • Rotor Diameter: 48 ft. 0 in.
  • Length: 57 ft. 0 in.
  • Height: 14 ft. 11 in.
  • Weight: 9,000 max.
  • Armament: None
  • Engine: General Electric T-58 of 1070 shaft hp.
  • Cost: $273,000
  • Crew: One or two

Performance (UH-1F)

  • Maximum speed: 140 mph.
  • Cruising speed: 115 mph.
  • Range: 330 miles
  • Service Ceiling: 24,830 ft.

4,865 helicopters of all types were downed by Communist ground fire at a cost of about $250,000 ea.–or $1.2 billion