UH-1H Iroquois A2-279, RAAF Darwin 1995

by various contributors



The Bell UH-1 Iroquois is a military helicopter powered by a single, turboshaft engine, with a two-bladed main rotor and tail rotor. The helicopter was developed by Bell Helicopter to meet the United States Army's requirement for a medical evacuation and utility helicopter in 1952, and first flew on 20 October 1956. Ordered into production in March 1960, the UH-1 was the first turbine-powered helicopter to enter production for the United States military, and more than 16,000 have been produced worldwide.

The first combat operation of the UH-1 was in the service of the U.S. Army during the Vietnam War. The original designation of HU-1 led to the helicopter's nickname of Huey. In September 1962, the designation was changed to UH-1, but Huey remained in common use. Approximately 7,000 UH-1 aircraft saw service in Vietnam.

The Royal Australian Air Force also employed the UH-1H until 1989. Iroquois helicopters of RAAF No. 9 Squadron were deployed to South Vietnam in mid 1966 as part of the 1st Australian Task Force. In this role they were armed with single M60 doorguns. In 1969 four of No. 9 Squadron's helicopters were converted to gunships (known as 'Bushrangers'), armed with two fixed forward firing M134 7.62 mm minigun (one each side) and a 7 round rocket pod on each side. Aircrew were armed with twin M60 flexible mounts in each door. UH-1 helicopters were used in many roles including troop transport, medevac and Bushranger gunships for armed support.

Between 1982 and 1986 the Squadron contributed aircraft and aircrew to the Australian helicopter detachment which formed part of the Multinational Force and Observers peacekeeping force in the Sinai Peninsula, Egypt.

In early 1990 the Army took over control of the Iroquois fleet and continue to operate them both here in Australia and overseas in many Operational and Humanitarian tasks. The Army retired the last of the Huey's in late 2007.

The Royal Australian Navy also operated the Huey including during operations in Vietnam.

The models


UH-1B Iroquois

Model by
1/35 MRC UH-1B, N9-882 RAN, NAS Nowra
J.D. King
1/72 Italeri UH-1B Iroquois, A2-720
Chris Doppel
1/48 Monogram UH-1B, A2-1025 'Ned kelly', Vung Tau Vietnam
Andrew Doppel
1/48 Monomram UH-1B, A2-1021, 5 Sqn RAAF Fairbairn, ACT
Bruce Anders
Revell/Monogram 1/48 UH-1B Iroquois N9-3104, 723 Squadron RAN
Andrew Doppel


UH-1D Iroquois

Model by
AMT 1/48 9 Squadron RAAF Vietnam 'Bushranger' A2-773
Andrew Doppel
1/72 Bell UH-1D A2-380, 9 Squadron, Vietnam
Chris Doppel

UH-1H Iroquois

Model by
1/48 Italeri UH-1H A2-649, 35 Squadron, Townsville (Circa October1987)
Andrew Doppel
Italeri 1/48 UH-1H, A2-766, 9 Sqn. RAAF Amberley, Qld. (circa 1986).
Andrew Perren
1/48 Italeri UH-1H Huey, A2-771
Andrew George
1/48 AMT 5 Avn Regt UH-1H Iroquois A2-279
Andrew Doppel


UH-1N Iroquois

Model by
1/48 Italeri UH-1N huey of the 20th SOS Squadron
Anthony Papadis

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