Designation: XH-48A

Bell UH-1F

Bell UH-1F (XH-48A) Iroquois (Huey)

A picture of the Bell UH-1F Iroquois

This aircraft is on public display at the Titan Missile Museum.

The Bell UH-1 is perhaps the best-known American helicopter in the world.  Made famous by its use in Vietnam, versions of the “Huey” remain in both military and civil service today.  Designated HU-1 by the Army and H-40 by the Air Force, the first Hueys flew in 1958.  In 1962, the designations were changed to UH-1.  By the mid-1960s, Hueys could be found in every branch of the U.S. military and were entering the civil and foreign military markets.  The “F” model of the UH-1 was built for the Air Force specifically to provide support for the Titan and Minuteman missile sites.  It featured a new engine and gearbox system that initially gave it a new designation of XH-48A.  The UH-1F now on display is the first prototype of this version of the Huey.  A total of 119 UH-1Fs were built between 1964 and 1967.

Wingspan 48 ft

Diameter of Main Rotor

Length 41 ft 5 in.

Fuselage Length

Height 12 ft 6 in.


Weight 9,000 lbs (loaded)


Max. Speed 138 MPH

Maximum Speed

Service Ceiling 22,000 ft

Service Ceiling

Range 347 miles


Engines General Electric T58-GE-3 turboshaft, 1,325 horsepower


Crew 2 pilots, 9 passengers



Air Force Flight Test Center, Edwards AFB, California, 1966

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