The Bell UH-1 Iroquois aka „Huey“ is one of the world's best known helicopters. It was developed for the US Army where it was introduced in 1959. Especially during the Vietnam War it was used for virtually every task in addition to its originally intended role as a medical evacuation helicopter.
At AIRPOWER16 a Bell UH-1D of the German Army will be on display. The German version is not entirely identical with the American UH-1D: it was built under licence by German aircraft manufacturer Dornier from 1967 and was based on the UH-1H with its 1,400 hp engine. Dornier built a total of 358 units for the German Armed Forces and the Federal Border Force. In the German Army, the UH-1D is still used today for transport as well as search and rescue purposes. The distinctive sound of its rotor blades earned the Huey a special nickname in Germany: the "carpet beater".
Facts & Figures
|Manufacturer||Bell Helicopters / Dornier (under licence)|
|Total length||17.42 m|
|Length of fuselage||12.77 m|
|Main rotor diameter||14.66 m|
|Empty weight||2,700 kg|
|Max. takeoff weight||4,310 kg|
|Max. speed||220 km/h|