Brief History

What the jeep was to Americans during World War II, so was the Huey to those who fought in Vietnam. The hero of Vietnam, the UH-1 Huey helicopter has proven itself to be one of the most versatile aircraft ever. The UH-1 was originally developed as an Army utility helicopter. It’s original designation, HU-1, evolved into its unofficial well-known nickname, the “Huey”. UH-1s were used extensively in Vietnam for a wide variety of roles including gunship, troop carrier, medical evacuation and search and rescue. UH-1s were flown by the 34th Infantry Division, aviation brigade. We have two “Hueys” in the museum collection, one is a gift from the St. Paul Army Reserves and the other from the Minnesota Army National Guard.



Manufacturer: Bell Helicopter Company
Designation: UH-1
Version: H
Name: Iroquois
Nickname: Huey
Type: Utility/General purpose


Fuselage Length: 41ft. 10in.
Wing Span: 14ft. 6in.
Height: 48ft. 0in.


Empty Weight: 4,973 lbs.
Max Takeoff Weight: 9,500 lbs.


Power Plant: Single Lycoming T53-L-13
Horsepower: 1,500-hp


Range: 318 miles
Cruise Speed: 127 mph
Max. Speed: 127 mph
Ceiling: 13,600 ft.


Variable, but may include a combination of:
2x 7.62 mm M60 machine gun, or 2x 7.62 mm GAU-17 machine gun
2x 7-round or 19-round 2.75 in (70 mm) rocket pods