Bell HH-1H Iroquois

  • Bell HH-1H Iroquois
  • Bell HH-1H Iroquois
  • Bell HH-1H Iroquois

History of the HH-1H Iroquois

Initially designated as the UH-1A, the Iroquois served during the Vietnam War starting in 1962. The subsequent variation, the HH-1H, was designed as a search and rescue aircraft for Intercontinental Ballistic Missile (ICBM) sites and test ranges. These aircraft could seat up to twelve passengers and carry a wide variety of cargo.

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Bell HH-1H Iroquois

Serial Number: 70-02470

Manufacturer: Bell Helicopter

Crew: Two to three

Engines: One Lycoming T-53-L-13B turboshaft, 1,400 horsepower

Wingspan: 48 feet 4 inches (main); 8 feet 6 inches (tail)

Length: 57 feet 1 inch

Height: 12 feet 8 inches

Weight: 6,186 pounds (empty); 9,500 pounds (maximum)

Speed: 133 mph

Range: 345+ miles

Service Ceiling: 15,000 feet

Armament: None

The HH-1H Iroquois at Hill Air Force Base

In 1973, the HH-1H helicopter on display was delivered to the 1550th Aircrew Training and Test Wing at Hill Air Force Base. In 1987, the aircraft was used for local air base rescue, personnel transport and support of the Utah Test and Training Range. In 1996, after 7,449 flight hours, the helicopter was retired from service and put on display at Hill Aerospace Museum. During its time at Hill Air Force Base, this aircraft was involved in three recorded rescues of personnel, as denoted by the three, small, helicopter decals on the overhead hoist.

What is the difference between the HH-1H and the UH-1?

The HH variant of the Huey was primarily used for search and rescue (SAR) missions, as well as general supply missions. The other main difference is the HH variant had its tail rotor on the opposite side of where it was positioned on the normal UH aircraft, and had a hoist mounted to the fuselage.

Who made the HH-1H?

The Huey and its subsequent derivatives were all produced by the Bell Corporation between 1959 and 1987.

How many HH-1Hs were produced?

A total of 30 were produced for use by the United States Air Force (USAF).

Are there any HH-1Hs still flying today?

The ubiquitous Huey is still in use across the globe for American forces and allies.

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