Bell UH-1D Iroquois

The Bell UH-1 Iroquois (nicknamed "Huey") is a military helicopter powered by a single turboshaft engine, with two-blade main and tail rotors. The first member of the prolific Huey family, it was developed by Bell Helicopter to meet a United States Army's 1952 requirement for a medical evacuation and utility helicopter, and first flew in 1956. The UH-1 was the first turbine-powered helicopter to enter production in 1960 for the United States military, and more than 16,000 have been built since.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.


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Manufacturer: Bell
Year/Model: 1956 UH-1D Iroquois
S/N: 65-10054
Tail Number: 65-10054
Power Plant: 1100 hp Lycoming T-53 turbo shaft
Rotar: 44 feet
Length: 38 feet 8 inches
Height: 14 feet 7 inches
Gross Weight: 8,500 pounds (Empty: 4,369 pounds)
Maximum Speed: 147 mph
Maximum Range: 260 statute Miles
Service Ceiling: 16,900 feet
Crew: 1-4
Status: Static Display
Owner: Estrella Warbirds Museum

Estrella Member James Visel spent several years and multiple tours in Viet Nam as crew chief with the "Robinhoods". Shortly after the Huey restoration was completed, he was honored to see his name listed among the crew as painted on the side panel. For larger image, click on picture

UH-1D in Flight


The Huey has several distinctive characteristics, including its rounded nose, its twin-bladed rotor, and the loud "whomp whomp" sound it makes in flight. It is a particularly noisy helicopter because, when in forward flight, the tip of the advancing rotor blade breaks the speed of sound, creating a small sonic boom. Anyone who has spent a sufficient amount of time working on, around or within the sound of a "Huey" develop a sense when one is coming, long before most people hear the initial distinctive sound which the rotor blades make.

This model had its first flight on August 16, 1961, and went on to become the popular "Huey" that saw so much service in the Vietnam War. Capacity was up to 12 fully-equipped troops plus its crew of two. As an aerial ambulance, it could carry four litters and the attendant medical technicians.

In 1968 it was modified with an improved T-53 and new electronics and re-designated as UH-1H. More than 6,000 were built during its lifetime of 30 years.

The specific history of this particular UH-1D, from when it was first purchased by the US Army and assignments thereafter, go HERE.

The prototype Bell Model 204 first flew in 1956 and was the first turbine powered aircraft ordered by the U.S. Army. Initially designated the H-40 following the U.S.A.F. designating system, this aircraft was re-designated the HU-1 when it entered service in 1959. Although officially named "Iroquois", it was better known as the "Huey" based on this designation.

In 1962, the U.S. Military changed its designating system and again changed the designation for this Huey to UH-1. At the same time a lengthened version, the Model 205 was introduced. This went into service as the UH-1D.

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