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 early models of Hueys were found to be under-powered at high altitudes or in hot conditions. This resulted in the development of the larger and higher powered UH-1D in 1961. This model continued to suffer from limited power issues that often prevented them from hovering in the hot conditions that prevailed in Vietnam. An even more powerful engine was installed resulting in the UH-1H. Many D models were eventually upgraded to H standards. Over 5,000 D and H models were built. The last of them retired from Army service in 2016.
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U.S. Army Medical Evacuation markings
Built by Bell Aircraft, Ft. Worth, Texas and delivered to the U.S. Army in November 1965.
February 1966 56th Transportation Company, Than Son Nhut Air Base, Vietnam.
May 1966 2nd Signal Group, Than Son Nhut Air Base, Vietnam.
May 17, 1967 Damaged by small arms fire during MedEvac mission. At least one crew member was injured.
July 1967 U.S. Army-Vietnam Flight Detatchment, Saigon, Vietnam.
August 1967 Bell Helicopter, Fort Worth, Texas.
October 1967 608th Transportation Company, Vietnam.
April 1968 118th Assault Helicopter Company, Vietnam.
September 1968 To Lockheed Corp. for maintenance, Lake Charles, Louisiana.
March 1969 Headquarters and Headquarters Detatchment 44th Engineering Group, Thailand.
December 1969 79th Transportation Company, Qui Nhon, Vietnam.
January 1970 303 Transportation Company, Vung Tau, Vietnam.
February 1970 79th Transportation Company, Qui Nhon, Vietnam.
June 1970 367th Aviation Detatchment, Hawaii.
December 1970 161st Aviation, 25th Infantry Division, Hawai’i.
January 1971 367th Aviation Detatchment, Hawai’i.
August 1972 Support Maintenance Center, Hawai’i.
May 1973 Headquarters and Headquarters Troop 3 / 4 Cavalry, 25th Infantry Division, Hawai’i.
July 1973 Support Maintenance Center, Hawai’i.
December 1973 Transferred to Continental U.S. through Corpus Christi NAS.
May 1974 Converted to UH-1H.
September1974 364th Engineering Battalion, U.S. Army Reserve, Columbus, Ohio.
January 1983 In storage Corpus Christi Aviation Depot.
June 1983 To Army Aviation Training Center, Fort Rucker, Alabama.
September 1992 Loaned to Pima Air & Space Museum by U.S. Army Aviation Museum, Fort Rucker, Alabama.
Pima Air & Space Museum