Saturday, July 02, 2005

UH-1N Huey

Bell UH-1 Iroquois (Huey) Mission. The UH-1N is a light-lift utility helicopter used to support varied uses. Its primary mission includes airlift of emergency security and disaster response forces, emergency evacuation of key government officials, support for school training and testing, and airlift for distinguished visitors and missile support people. Other uses include airborne cable inspections, security surveillance of off-base nuclear weapons convoys, response to search and rescue operations, and medical evacuation and transport.

Features. The UH-1N is capable of flight in instrument and nighttime conditions. The crew complement is normally three (pilot, co-pilot and flight engineer), but may be flown single-pilot depending on weather and mission requirements. When configured for passengers, the UH-1N can seat up to 13 people, but actual passenger loads are dependent on fuel loads and atmospheric conditions (may be less). The medical evacuation configuration can accommodate up to six litters. Without seats or litters, the cabin can carry bulky, oversized cargo. Access to the cabin is through two full-sized sliding doors.

Background. The UH-1N entered the Air Force inventory in 1970 to provide search and rescue capabilities. The missions expanded to include missile, distinguished visitor, survival school and test support, and air adviser operations. HH-1H's and UH-1F's supporting missile wings were eventually replaced by the UH-1N due to the greater safety and capability offered by the twin engine.

UH-1N HueyUH-1N Huey -- The UH-1N Huey is a light-lift Air Force utility helicopter used for support of Department of Defense contingency plans. The helicopter has a number of uses. Its primary mission includes airlift
of emergency security and disaster response forces, medical evacuation, security surveillance of off-base movements of nuclear weapons convoys and test range areas during launch conditions. It is also used for space shuttle landing support, priority maintenance dispatch support, and search and rescue operations. Other uses include airlift of missile support personnel, airborne cable inspections and distinguished visitor transport. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Andy Dunaway) Download Full High Resolurion Image

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