South Amer­i­can suc­cess

The Huey in the armed forces of Latin Amer­ica

Aviation Classics - - CONTENTS - Words: San­ti­ago Ri­vas San­ti­ago Ri­vas

The Bell UH-1 has served all across Latin Amer­ica, from Mex­ico all the way down to Ar­gentina, for al­most 50 years. Most of the coun­tries that have used or still use the Huey have op­er­ated them in a wide va­ri­ety of roles, from hu­man­i­tar­ian re­lief and Antarc­tic re­search sup­port to the whole range of mil­i­tar y op­er­a­tions as well as many other civil and industrial ac­tiv­i­ties.

The Bell Huey is one of the most widely used he­li­copters ac­quired by the armed forces of Latin Amer­ica. The type has seen ac­tive ser­vice in many na­tional an­tiguer­rilla and counter in­sur­gency op­er­a­tions, not to men­tion the Falk­lands War of 1982 be­tween Ar­gentina and the UK, where it was used in many mil­i­tary roles. Both Ar­gentina and Chile have used Hueys on sup­port mis­sions in Antarc­tica, while ev­ery coun­try’s air­craft have also seen use on hu­man­i­tar­ian mis­sions in the af­ter­math of dis­as­ters such as floods and earth­quakes. The first time the he­li­copter was de­ployed op­er­a­tionally out­side the US was to Latin Amer­ica. A mas­sive earth­quake struck south­ern Chile on May 21 and 22, 1960, killing or in­jur­ing many peo­ple and cut­ting them off from med­i­cal as­sis­tance. The US Gov­ern­ment re­acted by send­ing 10 Bell HU-1AS of the 57th Med­i­cal De­tach­ment to help, along with trans­port air­craft to sup­port the he­li­copters and move vi­tal sup­plies into the af­fected area. Th­ese 10 HU-1AS flew the first ac­tive evac­u­a­tion and sup­port mis­sions for what was then a brand new type of he­li­copter, work­ing along­side Siko­rsky S.55s from Ar­gentina and Chile. Only three years later, the forces of Columbia and Venezuela were to be­come the first Latin Amer­i­can op­er­a­tors of the Huey when they re­ceived their first UH-1BS, fol­lowed af­ter two more years by the Peru­vian Air Force which ac­quired the larger UH-1D. To­day, sev­eral Huey op­er­a­tors are re­plac­ing them with other types, but many are up­grad­ing their air­craft to the cur­rent Huey II model, so the he­li­copter will be in ser­vice in Latin Amer­ica for many more years.

AR­GENTINA

Fuerza Aérea Ar­gentina The Ar­gen­tine Air Force pur­chased six UH-1DS in 1966 with the se­rial num­bers H-10 to H-15. The first ar­rived one year later and started to serve with the Grupo 1 de Con­train­sur­gen­cia (COIN) of the I Bri­gada Aérea at El Palo­mar Air Base, later named Grupo 1 de Ataque and from 1969 based in the VII Bri­gada Aérea at Morón, Buenos Aires (un­til the unit moved to Moreno Air Base in the late Eight­ies). Ul­ti­mately, only one of the or­der for UH1Ds was de­liv­ered, the oth­ers were UH-1H mod­els, the first later be­ing up­graded to H stan­dard. They were usu­ally armed with Brown­ing 1919A1 7.62mm ma­chine guns as well as ei­ther the six tube Mam­boretá ARM 675A 57mm rocket launcher or the seven tube M-157C 70mm rocket launcher. Four of them were lost in ac­ci­dents, leav­ing only H-10 and 14, so seven new he­li­copters were pur­chased and started to ar­rive from May 1998 on­wards, re­ceiv­ing se­ri­als H-9, H-11 and H-15 to 19. They were used for the next eight years, un­til they were re­tired in 2006 and four of the air­frames were trans­ferred to the Ar­gen­tine Army for use as spare part donors.

Di­rec­ción de Aviación de Ejército The first UH-1HS for the Ar­gen­tine Army ar­rived in 1969, were given the se­rial num­bers AE-400 and 401 then de­liv­ered to the Sec­ción Helicópteros del Batal­lón de Aviación de Ejército 601 at Campo de Mayo Air­field in Buenos Aires in Jan­uary 1970. They were joined by an­other two in 1971 and by 10 more in 1973, the new air­craft be­ing given se­quen­tial se­rial num­bers up to AE-413. Also in that year a sin­gle Bell 205A-1 civil­ian

model of the he­li­copter was pur­chased, to be op­er­ated by the Army but on be­half of the Di­rec­ción Na­cional de Emer­gen­cias So­ciales (DINES) of the So­cial Well-be­ing Min­istry. This air­craft was ini­tially given the se­rial AE-450 but was later changed to the civil reg­is­tra­tion LQ-LGT when the he­li­copter was handed over to DINES and ceased any Army op­er­a­tions, fi­nally be­ing re-reg­is­tered LV-LGT. The ca­pa­bil­i­ties of the new he­li­copters led to a new unit, the Batal­lón de Aviación Aeromóvil 601, be­ing cre­ated, this be­ing re­named the Batal­lón de Aviación de Com­bate 601 in 1975. The Hueys were equipped with the lo­cally built Pato 70mm rocket launcher and MAG ma­chine guns. Also dur­ing 1975, an­other five new he­li­copters ar­rived, given the se­ri­als AE-414 to 418. From 1974 the Hueys had been widely used in com­bat in the Tu­cuman prov­ince, fight­ing against the com­mu­nist guer­ril­las of the Ejército Revolu­cionario del Pue­blo (ERP), the first mis­sions tak­ing place in Au­gust of that year. Two Hueys were to be lost in this re­gion, the first on Oc­to­ber 10, 1975, when AE-412 was shot down by the guer­ril­las dur­ing the fight­ing at Acheral. The sec­ond was on May 5, 1976, when AE-411 was lost in an ac­ci­dent in the area when it crashed into a moun­tain. The army fleet ex­panded still fur­ther with the ar­rival of an­other four UH-1HS on De­cem­ber 6, 1976, fol­lowed by an­other two in 1978 which were given the se­ri­als AE-423 and 424. Also in 1978, six more of the civil­ian trans­port Bell 205A-1 ver­sions of the he­li­copter were pur­chased and given the se­ri­als AE-425 to 430. One of th­ese, AE-430, was lost in an ac­ci­dent on May 6, 1979, as was AE-425 in De­cem­ber of that year. The new air­craft al­lowed an ex­pan­sion in the army’s avi­a­tion units, with the first Avi­a­tion Sec­tion be­ing cre­ated at Co­modoro Ri­va­davia in Chubut in 1980, its first air­craft be­ing AE-403. When the war with the UK for the Falk­land Is­lands be­gan in April 1982, the army’s UH1Hs were de­ployed to both Patag­o­nia and the is­lands, in­clud­ing the DINES Bell 205, LQLGT. Nine he­li­copters were ac­tu­ally sent to the is­lands, de­spite the fact the plan was to send 16. The nine were widely used on trans­port, med­i­cal evac­u­a­tion and air as­sault mis­sions dur­ing the war. An­other 11 UH-1HS, along with LQ-LGT, were de­ployed but re­mained in Patag­o­nia. Dur­ing a re­con­nais­sance mission on April 30, one of the de­ployed air­craft, AE-419, was lost near the town of Caleta Olivia with the loss of all 14 per­son­nel aboard. On May 28, AE-412, 413, 417, 418, 422 and 424, to­gether with an air force Chi­nook, a Puma and two Agusta A-109s, car­ried out an air as­sault dur­ing the battle for Goose Green, de­liv­er­ing an en­tire army com­pany to sup­port the forces de­fend­ing the set­tle­ment. On the fol­low­ing day, two of the Hueys also de­ployed 17 mem­bers of the elite Commando Com­pany 602 to Top Malo House. Hav­ing dropped off the troops, the he­li­copters came un­der fire from Bri­tish for­ward ob­ser­va­tion units but man­aged to es­cape un­dam­aged.

Eight of the UH-1HS, AE-406, 409, 410, 412, 413, 417, 422 and 424, were cap­tured, while AE-418 was dam­aged be­yond re­pair by the ar­tillery. Five of them were taken to the UK while AE-410 was pre­served on the is­lands. The long-lived AE-424, af­ter chang­ing hands many times, is cur­rently with the Pa­pua New Guinea De­fense Force. The he­li­copters de­ployed to Patag­o­nia re­turned to their base on June 22, 1982. Af­ter the con­flict, the army be­gan a re­or­ga­ni­za­tion of its he­li­copter forces. In 1983, two Hueys were sent to Rio Gal­le­gos to open an avi­a­tion sec­tion there, fol­lowed, in 1985, by four be­ing sup­plied to the Es­cuadrón de Aviación de Ex­plo­ración y Ataque 602 for use on attack mis­sions. In 1988, AE-423 was lost and in 1993 AE416, but in that year six ex­tra he­li­copters were or­dered to make good the losses, th­ese be­ing sec­ond-hand air­frames se­ri­alled AE-431 to 436. In 1996 two Hueys were sent to Posadas Mi­siones to open the Sec­ción de Aviación de Monte 12. Th­ese were fol­lowed by two which were sent to the Sec­ción de Aviación 3 at Cu­ruzú Cu­atiá and one to the Sec­ción de Aviación de Ejército 2 at Paraná. The air­craft was prov­ing ex­tremely use­ful, so 10 ex­tra he­li­copters ar­rived in 1998, se­ri­alled AE-437 to 446, fol­lowed by five more in 2000, two of which were sent to the Sec­ción de Aviación de Mon­taña 6 at Neuquén. Also in 2000, the Grupo de Helicópteros de Asalto 601 was trans­formed into the Batal­lón de Helicópteros de Asalto 601, the Army’s Huey fleet be­ing ex­panded by an­other four air­craft in 2001, AE-454 to 458. Ac­ci­den­tal losses con­tin­ued, with AE-435 be­ing lost in 2002. Since 2004, the fleet has been up­graded to the Huey II stan­dard, with the first be­ing de­liv­ered in 2005. The mod­ern­ized he­li­copters started to re­ceive se­rial num­bers from AE-460 on­wards and, in­ter­est­ingly, AE-464 is ac­tu­ally the orig­i­nal com­pany Huey II demon­stra­tor, de­liv­ered to the army by Bell. Mean­while, the re­main­ing civil­ian Bell 205 mod­els in the fleet were re­placed in 2007 with four UH-1HS, AE459 and 490 to 492. The Bell 205 LV-LGT was op­er­ated by DINES from the late 1970s un­til the early 2000s, but is cur­rently grounded. One of the Huey IIS, AE-462, for­merly AE455 be­fore the up­grade, was lost in an ac­ci­dent in 2007 and AE-404 was lost in 2009. In 2008, four UH-1HS were trans­ferred from the navy, three of th­ese be­ing pressed into ser­vice as AE-493 to 495 to make good the losses and bring the army Huey fleet back to full strength.

Co­mando de Aviación Naval The Ar­gen­tine Naval Avi­a­tion re­ceived eight UH-1HS be­gin­ning in 1999, equip­ping the 3º Es­cuadrilla Aeron­aval de Helicópteros of the 3º Es­cuadra Aeron­aval. One of the air­craft was de­stroyed while be­ing un­loaded from the ship, the batch hav­ing been given the se­rial num­bers 0873 to 0880. Two of the air­craft were lost in ac­ci­dents, 0874 in 2003 and 0880 in 2007, the re­main­ing five be­ing re­tired in 2008, and as al­ready men­tioned, four of th­ese be­ing trans­ferred to the army. Gen­darmería Na­cional The Ar­gen­tine Na­tional Gen­darmerie re­ceived four UH-1HS in 2014, the plan be­ing to up­grade th­ese air­craft to Huey II stan­dard with a view to be­gin­ning po­lice sup­port op­er­a­tions dur­ing 2015.

BO­LIVIA

Fuerza Aérea Bo­li­viana In 1975 the Bo­li­vian Air Force re­ceived its first six UH-1HS, se­ri­alled 720 to 725, fol­lowed in 1986 by a fur­ther six, 700 to 705. Th­ese were de­liv­ered by the United States for op­er­a­tions with the ‘Di­ab­los Ro­jos’ Air Task Force of Grupo 51 of the III Brigade based at Cochabamba Air Base. The unit later moved to Santa Cruz de la Sierra Air Base and was a spe­cial­ized force for op­er­a­tions against drug traf­fick­ers. Be­tween 1988 and 1991 an­other 14 were de­liv­ered by the US Depart­ment of State Air Wing and

given the se­ri­als 706 to 719. In 1996 742 and 743 ar­rived from the US and were fol­lowed dur­ing the 2000s by an­other seven, 744, 745, 748, 749, 750, 756 and 757, two of which were out­fit­ted for VIP trans­port op­er­a­tions. So far, eight of the fleet have been fully up­graded to the Huey II stan­dard, and the plan is to mod­ify a to­tal of 15 to this level of 20 ac­tu­ally still in ser­vice. The other 15 air­frames de­liv­ered have ei­ther been lost in ac­ci­dents, used for spares or pre­served. At least one was se­verely dam­aged by ground fire on an op­er­a­tion against drug traf­fick­ers. In March 2009 Brazil an­nounced it would do­nate four of its he­li­copters to the Bo­li­vian force, th­ese be­ing re­ceived in 2012.

BRAZIL

Força Aérea Brasileira The Força Aérea Brasileira re­ceived six UH1Ds in 1967, specif­i­cally equipped for Search And Res­cue (SAR) mis­sions. In ser­vice they were des­ig­nated SH-1DS and named ‘Sa­pao’ (big toad, a play on frontal ap­pear­ance of the Huey), th­ese first six be­ing fol­lowed by eight UH-1DS, most of which were later mod­i­fied to SH-1H stan­dard. From 1972 on­wards a to­tal of 26 UH-1HS were ac­quired, the fleet be­ing fur­ther ex­panded in 1982 with the ar­rival of five AB-205A-1S and three Bell 205A-1s pur­chased from Is­rael. Ini­tially they equipped the 2º/10º Grupo de Avi­ação (GAV) at Campo Grande, Mato Grosso do Sul, the 5º/8º GAV at Santa María, Río Grande do Sul and the 7º/8º GAV at Manaus. Later they were to also be used by the 1º/8º GAV at Manaus, the 2º/8º GAV of Re­cife, the 3º/8º GAV of Campo dos Afon­sos and the 1º/11º GAV at São Paulo. Those last four units were used to pro­vide air sup­port to the army, un­til army avi­a­tion was re­formed in 1997. In this sup­port role the he­li­copters were armed with ma­chine guns and rock­ets. Be­tween 1996 and 1997, an­other 19 UH1Hs were ac­quired sec­ond-hand from the United States. To­day, there are be­lieved to be about 36 Hueys of all vari­ants in ser­vice, but they are steadily be­ing re­placed by the new Euro­copter Su­per Cougar. In 2012, four sur­plus air­craft were do­nated to Bo­livia and oth­ers were de­liv­ered to sev­eral of Brazil’s po­lice forces.

Po­lice forces The Co­or­de­nado­ria de Re­cur­sos Es­pe­ci­ais (The Spe­cial Re­sources Co­or­di­na­tor or CORE) of the Civil Po­lice of Rio de Janeiro re­ceived one Huey II in De­cem­ber 2008, reg­is­tered PR-FEC, to carry out op­er­a­tions in sup­port of po­lice forces com­bat­ing the drug traf­fick­ers in the slums of the city. For this role it was equipped with ar­moured plates on the sides of the cabin to pro­vide pro­tec­tion for the crew when they fly with the doors opened. The air­craft is of­ten flown this way, par­tic­u­larly on ha­rass­ment mis­sions with snipers in the cabin. This air­craft has seen a lot of ac­tion since it en­tered ser­vice, its suc­cess lead­ing to an­other five Huey IIS be­ing sup­plied to other Brazil­ian po­lice forces for the same mission.

CHILE

Fuerza Aérea de Chile The Chilean Air Force (Fuerza Aérea de Chile or FACH) re­ceived 12 UH-1HS from 1967, given the se­ri­als H-80 to H-91, ini­tially to equip the Grupo de Aviación Nº 10, but in 1971 they were trans­ferred to Grupo de Aviación Nº 3. In 1978 they re­ceived the two re­main­ing ex­am­ples from the Chilean Army, H-80, to re­place the orig­i­nal air­craft with that se­rial which had been lost, and H-92. Be­tween 1991 and 1992, six FACH UH-1HS were sent to Kuwait af­ter a re­quest for as­sis­tance from the United Na­tions. In March 1993 they were all trans­ferred to Grupo Nº 9, along with 10 more he­li­copters re­ceived from the US Army, given se­ri­als H-74 to 79 and H-93 to 96. Grupo Nº 9 had one very

dis­tinc­tive air­craft painted red for Antarc­tic op­er­a­tions. In Au­gust 1996, five FACH UH-1HS were again sent to the bor­der be­tween Iraq and Kuwait to fly mis­sions for the United Na­tions. How­ever, be­cause of the grow­ing ten­sions with Iraq in Novem­ber 1998, the Chilean Air Force per­son­nel had to with­draw in a hurry, leav­ing be­hind the five he­li­copters which were cap­tured by the Iraqis. In 2000, the UH1H fleet was the sub­ject of a grad­ual re­place­ment pro­gramme. Two Bell 412s were pur­chased, H-41 and 42, fol­lowed by two more, H-43 and 44, the fol­low­ing year. A fifth, H-45, was ac­quired some time later, all of which went to equip Gru­pos 6 and 8. De­spite the ar­rival of the newer air­craft, the re­main­ing UH-1HS con­tin­ued in ser­vice, in fact five more were re­ceived in 2003, most of th­ese be­ing used for spares. In 2004, four FACH UH-1HS were sent to Haiti to par­tic­i­pate in the UN peace­keep­ing force on the is­land. In 2007, two more UH-1HS were re­ceived, mean­ing that to­day there are still 15 UH-1HS in ser­vice. The FAC UH-1HS are able to carry a wide va­ri­ety of rock­ets and ma­chine guns and some have been fit­ted and tested with For­ward Look­ing In­fra Red sen­sors and other spe­cial­ist mission equip­ment.

Ejército de Chile In 1969, the Chilean Army re­ceived five UH1Hs with the se­ri­als 181 to 185. Th­ese were do­nated by the United States for use by the re­cently cre­ated Army Avi­a­tion Com­mand (Co­mando de Aviación de Ejército). Three were lost in ac­ci­dents and the re­main­ing two were trans­ferred to the air force in 1978.

COLOM­BIA

Fuerza Aérea Colom­biana In 1963, the Colom­bian Air Force (Fuerza Aérea Colom­biana or FAC) re­ceived 10 Bell UH-1BS, se­ri­alled FAC270 to 279, which was later changed to 4272 to 4279. Th­ese were to equip the Grupo Aéreo de Helicópteros, which would later be known as the Grupo Aéreo de Com­bate 41 de Alas Ro­ta­ti­vas, sta­tioned at Base Aérea Capitán Luis F. Pinto at Mel­gar. One of th­ese air­craft, FAC279, was to be used as the of­fi­cial pres­i­den­tial trans­port un­til 1972. Three of the first batch of UH-1BS were lost in ac­ci­dents, two are pre­served and two re­main in stor­age, the last flight of the type in FAC ser­vice be­ing made in 1994. The B model he­li­copters were fol­lowed in 1969 by 20 UH-1HS, se­ri­alled 281 to 299, which were joined in 1972 by 20 Bell 205As, FAC220 to 239. While th­ese were the civil­ian model of the he­li­copter, they were armed to ful­fil attack mis­sions and were so suc­cess­ful that in 1982 an­other 20 ex­am­ples, se­ri­alled FAC401 to 420, were ac­quired. In 1984 the se­rial num­ber sys­tem was re­vised, the pre­fix 4 be­ing added to all air­craft, some of which re­ceived com­pletely new num­bers. For ex­am­ple, FAC 281 be­came FAC4281, but FAC225 be­came FAC4282. From their first ar­rival in Columbia, the Hueys were en­gaged in com­bat op­er­a­tions against the com­mu­nist guer­rilla forces which were very ac­tive in the coun­try, es­pe­cially the Fuerzas Ar­madas Revolu­cionar­ias de Colom­bia (FARC) and the Ejército de Lib­eración Na­cional (ELN), the lat­ter cre­ated in 1964. In the early 1970s, th­ese guer­rilla forces were joined by a new and more sin­is­ter en­emy, the drug car­tels, and an­tidrug traf­fick­ing op­er­a­tions were added to the mis­sions of the he­li­copter units. The Huey was ex­tremely suc­cess­ful in Columbian ser­vice, so much so that in 1997 a plan was started to con­vert eight ex­am­ples to Huey II stan­dard, the ini­tial aim be­ing to con­vert 42 he­li­copters to the new equip­ment level. How­ever, as it turned out, only the ini­tial batch was mod­i­fied with a few more be­ing up­graded later. In­stead of the up­graded air­craft, the fleet con­tin­ued to ex­pand, 17 UH- 1Hs, FAC4501 to 4517, and a sin­gle UH-1V, FAC4500, be­ing ac­quired in 2002. To date, the last batch of he­li­copters ac­quired ar­rived in 2008, com­pris­ing 12 of the up­graded Huey IIS, se­ri­alled FAC4520 to 4531. A to­tal of 27 UH-1HS were lost in ac­ci­dents or shot down by en­emy ac­tion on op­er­a­tions, two are pre­served as mon­u­ments at Mel­gar, one at Río Ne­gro and an­other at Cali. Most of the UH-1HS that were not up­graded to Huey II stan­dard are now in stor­age, wait­ing for the de­ci­sion to con­vert them to Huey IIS, so only six re­main in ser­vice, to­gether with a to­tal of 21 Huey IIS. To­day, the UH-1H and Huey II are in ser­vice with Es­cuadrones de Com­bate 411, 412 and 415 and the Es­cuadrón de En­tre­namiento 413, all part of Grupo Aéreo de Com­bate 41. They are also used by Es­cuadrón de Com­bate 612 of Grupo Aéreo de Com­bate 61; the Es­cuadrón de Com­bate Aerotác­tico 113 of Grupo Aéreo de Com­bate 11; and fi­nally the Es­cuadrón de Com­bate Aerotác­tico 313 of Grupo Aéreo de Com­bate 31.

Ejército de Colom­bia The Columbian Army’s use of the Huey be­gan in 2000 when the US Depart­ment of State de­liv­ered 33 Bell UH-1HS, EJC400 to 432, all of which had been up­graded to Huey II stan­dard, for use against drug traf­fick­ers and com­mu­nist guer­ril­las. Three of th­ese air­craft were lost in ac­ci­dents leav­ing the cur­rent fleet of 30, all of which equip the Batal­lón de Aviación Nº 5 at Tole­maida in Cun­d­i­na­marca state. Th­ese air­craft are still reg­u­larly used in their in­tended com­bat role.

Policía Na­cional de Colom­bia. From 1989, 12 UH-1HS were sup­plied to the Na­tional Po­lice, a fleet that would grow to a to­tal of 58 Hueys over the fol­low­ing years, given the se­quen­tial se­ri­als of PNC126 to 179 as they en­tered ser­vice. Of­ten em­ployed in counter-in­sur­gency and anti-drug traf­fick­ing mis­sions, 12 of th­ese he­li­copters were lost in ac­ci­dents or to en­emy ac­tion. One of the early air­craft re­ceived, PNC128, is pre­served at the Po­lice Mu­seum in Bo­gotá. In 1997, a con­tract was signed to mod­ern­ize four UH-1HS to the Huey II stan­dard, as with the air force, the idea be­ing to up­grade the whole fleet over the next few years. Even­tu­ally, five UH-1HS were up­graded to Huey IIS at the PNC work­shops at Guay­maral in Cun­d­i­na­marca state, as were seven more by US He­li­copters in the United States, and the re­main­ing fleet was re­tired. Along­side this up­grade pro­gramme, from 1999 a to­tal of 24 Huey IIS were re­ceived, do­nated by the United States as part of the Plan Colom­bia to as­sist in the po­lice ac­tion against drug traf­fick­ers. The 12 up­graded ex­am­ples re­ceived new se­ri­als and, to­gether with the 24 new air­frames, be­came PNC 0700 to 0735. Such was the pace and fe­roc­ity of the op­er­a­tions th­ese air­craft were en­gaged in that 11 of them were to be lost. To re­place th­ese losses, an­other five Huey IIS ar­rived from the US, leav­ing the cur­rent fleet with 30 he­li­copters. Al­most all of the Hueys op­er­ate from Guay­maral Air­port near Bo­gotá, but they are reg­u­larly de­ployed across the whole coun­try.

COSTA RICA

Guardia Na­cional de Costa Rica At the end of the 1980s, two UH-1BS were sup­plied to the Costa Ri­can Na­tional Guard by the gov­ern­ment of Panamá. Th­ese were both for­mer US Army air­craft, the first be­ing FAP103 in Pana­ma­nian ser­vice, for­merly 60-3567, the sec­ond be­ing FAP-111, for­merly 62-1906. They were both given civil­ian reg­is­tra­tions, TI-SPO and TI-SPP re­spec­tively, serv­ing only briefly in Costa Rica be­fore re­tir­ing prior to 1992. The first air­craft was sold to a pri­vate owner in the US and re-reg­is­tered as N846MC but was lost in an ac­ci­dent in 1996. The other had an in­ter­est­ing ca­reer, be­ing op­er­ated by civil own­ers in the United States and Ar­gentina, where it was reg­is­tered LVWED be­fore be­ing sold to the Fuerza Aérea Paraguaya as H-005.

DO­MINI­CAN REPUB­LIC

Fuerza Aérea Do­mini­cana In 1976 the Do­mini­can Air Force re­ceived the first of eight Bell 205A-1s, FAD 3018, 3019 and 3023 to 3028, to equip the Es­cuadrón de Rescate ‘Águilas’. They were fol­lowed by six UH-1HS, FAD 3030 to 3035, which were do­nated by the US gov­ern­ment in 1998. The sur­viv­ing seven Bell 205As were sold in 1999, while the two re­main­ing UH-1HS were joined in 2004 by eight Huey IIS, also do­nated by the US gov­ern­ment. Th­ese were given the se­ri­als FAD 3062 to 3069, and are still in ser­vice with the same unit to­day.

EL SAL­VADOR

Fuerza Aérea Sal­vadoreña The Fuerza Aérea Sal­vadoreña be­gan to re­ceive the UH-1H when the USA do­nated 20 ex­am­ples in 1981, se­ri­alled FAS 240 to 259. Th­ese were in­tended to sup­port the army on op­er­a­tions against the guer­ril­las of the Frente Martí de Lib­eración Na­cional. They were fol­lowed by an­other eight in 1982, FAS 260 to 267, six in 1983, 268 to 272, 19 in 1984, 273 to 291, 13 in 1985, 292 to 299 and 201 to 205, seven in 1987, 206 to 212, and fi­nally eight in 1988, given the se­ri­als 213 to 221. All 82 of th­ese Hueys were to equip the Grupo de Helicópteros. Of th­ese, seven were de­stroyed dur­ing a guer­rilla attack at Ilopango Air Base on Jan­uary 27, 1982, and an­other 37 were to be lost in com­bat or ac­ci­dents. Two of the UH-1HS have been pre­served and most of the oth­ers have since been re­tired from ser­vice. Many were armed with ma­chine guns and rock­ets, sev­eral be­ing equipped to carry ei­ther 125 or 250kg bombs for strikes against the guer­ril­las. Mean­while, in 1985, the first UH-1MS be­gan to ar­rive, armed with M-19 grenade launch­ers, 7.62mm mini­guns and 70mm rocket launch­ers. Ini­tially 12 were re­ceived, se­ri­alled FAS 228 to 239, fol­lowed by two in 1986, FAS 226 and 227, three in 1988, FAS 222 to 224, an­other in 1989, FAS 225, and six in 1991, FAS 320 to 325. Six were lost in ac­ci­dents or were shot down on op­er­a­tions and to­day only FAS 225, 228, 324 and 325 re­main with the force, but they only fly oc­ca­sion­ally with the Grupo de Helicópteros. The Hueys have been partly re­placed by the ul­ti­mate devel­op­ment of the type, the Bell 412.

GU­ATEMALA

Fuerza Aérea Gu­atemal­teca Be­tween 1970 and 1976 the Fuerza Aérea Gu­atemal­teca pur­chased 10 UH-1HS, but shortly af­ter that the United States im­posed an arms em­bargo and only six were de­liv­ered, given the se­ri­als FAG 110, 111, 116, 130, 140 and 150. They were widely used by the Es­cuadrón de Helicópteros from Base Aérea La Aurora against the com­mu­nist guer­ril­las from the time they en­tered ser­vice, two be­ing lost dur­ing a mor­tar attack at Los Cipresales. The lack of spares led to only two re­main­ing ser­vice­able by 1980, at which time the em­bargo was lifted and six more UH-1HS were re­ceived with se­ri­als FAG 113, 160, 170, 180 and 190. FAG 160 was lost in 1981 and re­placed by an­other with the same se­rial. They were equipped with US LAU-61 and 68 and the Ar­gen­tine Mam­boretá 70mm rocket launch­ers. Four UH-1HS were up­graded to Huey II stan­dard in 2008. By 1999 there were three of the orig­i­nal UH-1HS in ser­vice, which were sup­ple­mented in 2010 by one more; cap­tured from drug traf­fick­ers which was pressed into ser­vice with the se­rial FAG 120.

Na­tional Po­lice The US Depart­ment of State de­liv­ered five Huey IIS to the Gu­atemalan Po­lice for op­er­a­tions against drug traf­fick­ers, th­ese be­ing given the se­ri­als 21746, 21753, 22387, 22392 and 22534.

HAITI

Po­lice Na­tionale d’haiti In 2003 the Haitian gov­ern­ment pur­chased a sin­gle Bell UH-1H with the reg­is­tra­tion N126PT. This was for­merly 65-10096, c/n 5140, for use by the Po­lice Na­tionale d’haiti on coast guard mis­sions. The he­li­copter was still on charge but ap­peared non op­er­a­tional by early 2010. The po­lice also have an uniden­ti­fied he­li­copter, a Bell 204 or UH-1B or C model, on strength.

HON­DURAS

Fuerza Aérea Hon­dureña The Es­cuadrón de Helicópteros at Base Aérea Coronel Her­mán Acosta Me­jia at Ton­con­tín, Tegu­ci­galpa, re­ceived three UH-1BS in 1976, given the se­ri­als FAH901 to 903. Th­ese were fol­lowed by an­other two in 1978, 904 and 905, and then an­other 15, 920 to 934, which were in ser­vice un­til 2001. From 1982 on­wards, 10 UH-1HS, FAH940 to 949, were also re­ceived, of which five have been lost in ac­ci­dents.

JA­MAICA

Ja­maican De­fence Force Named ‘Scor­pion’, the No 2 Flight of the Ja­maican De­fence Force re­ceived four UH1Hs, H-19 to 22, in Jan­uary 1989. Th­ese air­craft were leased from the US gov­ern­ment, only one be­ing lost dur­ing their 12 years of ser­vice, with the three sur­vivors fly­ing un­til 1998 be­fore be­ing of­fi­cially re­tired in 2001.

MEX­ICO

Fuerza Aérea Mex­i­cana In March 1967 the Mex­i­can Pres­i­dency re­ceived a sole Bell UH-1D, se­ri­alled HP-01, for use as a VIP trans­port. In 1971 it was re­placed by two of the twin en­gined Bell 212. Later, in March 1973, the first of five Bell 205A1s were pur­chased to equipped the Es­cuadrón Aéreo 209 BRE (Búsqueda, Rescate y Evac­uación) based at Base Aérea Mil­i­tar 1 (BAM 1) at Santa Lu­cia, Méx­ico State. Th­ese res­cue and evac­u­a­tion he­li­copters were given the se­ri­als HBR-1151 to 1155. Three were lost in ac­ci­dents so by 1993 only one re­mained in ser­vice, based at the Cen­tro de En­tre­namiento de Helicópteros at BAM 5 in Zapopan, Jalisco. This was flown un­til 2000, when it was re­tired from ser­vice. Later, in 1996, the USA do­nated 73 UH-1HS which were given the se­ri­als 1501 to 1573. Th­ese were to serve with the Es­cuela de Aviación Mil­i­tar and the Es­cuadrones Aéreos 105, 106, 108, 109 and 110. One he­li­copter was lost in an ac­ci­dent in 1997, the oth­ers be­ing re­turned to the US in 1999 be­cause they were stored air­frames that had been de­liv­ered in very poor con­di­tion.

Ar­mada de Méx­ico Dur­ing the 1980s, the Mex­i­can Navy op­er­ated two Bell 205A-1s, se­ri­alled HMR-140 and 141, but th­ese were to re­main in ser­vice for only a short time.

NICARAGUA

Fuerza Aérea San­din­ista and La Con­tra The Fuerza Aérea San­din­ista re­ceived a sin­gle AB-205 from Libya in 1982, se­ri­alled 260, which was in ser­vice un­til shortly af­ter the ar­rival of Soviet-made he­li­copters around 1986. The only other use of the Huey in the coun­try took place dur­ing the civil war be­tween 1981 and 1990. The Con­tras guer­rilla group, con­tro­ver­sially backed by the US, ac­quired one UH-1B, pur­chased through a civil op­er­a­tor, given the US civil reg­is­tra­tion N80WF and used for med­i­cal evac­u­a­tion mis­sions.

PANAMA

Ser­vi­cio Aéreo Na­cional In 1970 the Fuerza Aérea Panameña (FAP, later re­named the Ser­vi­cio Aéreo Na­cional or SAN) re­ceived three UH-1HS, given the se­ri­als FAP-104, 110 and 115, and six Bell 205A-1s, se­ri­alled 102, 103 and 107 to 109. In 1976 th­ese were sup­ple­mented by the ar­rival of 10 Bell UH-1BS with the se­ri­als 102, 103, 111 to 114, 116 and 117. Th­ese were used by the Es­cuadrón de Ala Ro­ta­to­ria at Toc­u­men, the last two of them be­ing given civil reg­is­tra­tions. In 1997 they re­ceived five Aidc-built UH-1HS, do­nated by Tai­wan and given the se­ri­als SAN-123 to 127. Later still, five UH-1HS and one UH-1V were ac­quired from the US with the se­ri­als SAN-129 to 134, but five of th­ese were later re­turned. To­day there are four UH-1HS and six Bell 205s in ser­vice. The UH-1BS were re­tired in 1997, two of which, 103 and 111, were de­liv­ered to Costa Rica.

PARAGUAY

Fuerza Aérea Paraguaya In 1982 the Fuerza Aérea Paraguaya re­ceived two UH-1BS, H-023 and 024, which were the orig­i­nal equip­ment of the Grupo Aéreo de Helicópteros at Base Aérea Mil­i­tar Nhu Guazú in Campo Grande, when this unit was cre­ated in 1988. Both of th­ese he­li­copters were sold in 1992 to civil op­er­a­tors in Chile. Paraguay also re­ceived two Aidc-built UH1Hs, H-29 and 30, do­nated by Tai­wan in 1996, fol­lowed by the United States gov­ern­ment which do­nated three Bell UH-1BS pur­chased from the Ar­gen­tine com­pany Ser­vi­cios Espe­ciales S.A. Th­ese five he­li­copters were sup­plied for op­er­a­tions against drug traf­fick­ers, with the Di­rec­ción de Nar­cóti­cos (DI­NAR), all of which are now re­tired. Two ex­tra UH-1HS were do­nated by Tai­wan in 2000, two more in 2001 and an­other pair in 2002. UH-1H H-30 was lost in 1998, at which time the re­main­ing air­craft was re-se­ri­alled, H29 be­com­ing H-429, the new ma­chines be­ing given se­ri­als H-431 to 436. Two more UH-1HS were to be sup­plied by Tai­wan, 437 ar­riv­ing in 2006 and 438 in 2007. H-437 was to be lost in Oc­to­ber 2010, the re­main­der of the fleet are still in ser­vice and op­er­ate equipped with ma­chine guns and rock­ets.

PERU

Ma­rina del Perú In 1972 the Ma­rina del Perú re­ceived six UH1Hs, fol­lowed by a sin­gle Bell 205A-1 se­ri­alled HC-410. Th­ese did not re­main in ser­vice long and all were sold shortly af­ter ac­qui­si­tion.

Fuerza Aérea del Perú In 1965 the Fuerza Aérea del Perú re­ceived 12 Bell UH-1DS, FAP623, 625 to 632 and 644 to 646, th­ese be­ing fol­lowed by a sin­gle UH-1H, FAP 685. Th­ese formed the equip­ment of Es­cuadrón de Helicópteros 332, all of which were re­tired from ser­vice some years later.

Policía Na­cional del Perú The Policía Na­cional del Perú started to re­ceive 12 UH-1HS from the US Depart­ment of State in 1989. Th­ese were to equip Squadrons 21 and 22 and were to pro­vide air sup­port for the Po­lice and DEA forces in­volved in the war against drug traf­fick­ers. The se­ri­als were scram­bled from PNP-303 to 327 which ef­fec­tively dis­guised their num­bers. One more air­craft was given the se­rial PNP-110, but this was lost in an ac­ci­dent on June 20, 1992. Th­ese first 12 UH-1HS were fol­lowed by four more in 1996 and an­other two in 2002. The force was aug­mented with the ar­rival of eight of the up­graded Huey IIS in 2004, seven more in 2005, four in 2006 and a fi­nal batch of eight in 2007. At least three of th­ese have been lost in ac­ci­dents while four more were with­drawn from ser­vice for un­known causes.

URUGUAY

Fuerza Aérea Uruguaya The Fuerza Aérea Uruguaya re­ceived three Bell UH-1HS in 1971 to equip the Grupo Aéreo No 5 de Búsqueda y Rescate, based at Car­rasco, Mon­te­v­ideo, th­ese air­craft be­ing given the se­ri­als 050 to 052. Five years later, on Au­gust 25, 1976, six Bell UH-1BS were ac­quired, equipped for use as gun­ships and given the se­ri­als 060 to 065. Th­ese were to be long-lived air­craft, the last not be­ing re­tired un­til Novem­ber 22, 1990. Five more UH-1HS were do­nated by the US Gov­ern­ment on June 29, 1998, three of which en­tered ser­vice as 053 to 055, the re­main­ing two be­ing used as spares donors. The most re­cent ad­di­tions to the fleet oc­curred in 2009, when four more UH-1HS, 057 to 059, were do­nated by Spain.

VENEZUELA

Fuerza Aérea Vene­zolana In 1963 the Fuerza Aérea Vene­zolana re­ceived four Bell UH-1BS, se­ri­als 0927, 8519, 0937 and 0947, mak­ing the air force the first Latin Amer­i­can op­er­a­tor of the Huey. In 1969, 15 UH-1DS were added to the fleet, in­clud­ing 0614, 0626, 0628, 0640, 0897, 1567, 1681 and 4134. Three of th­ese air­craft were lost in ac­ci­dents, while the oth­ers were up­graded to UH-1H stan­dard. From 1972 they served with Es­cuadrón 101 of the Grupo Aéreo de Op­era­ciones Espe­ciales Nº 10. In 1974, nine ex-us Army UH-1HS were ac­quired, in­clud­ing se­rial num­bers 1678, 1686, 1860, 1930, 2117, 2230 and 9479. From th­ese ad­di­tional air­craft, 1686 and 1860 were lost in ac­ci­dents in 1998 and 1971 re­spec­tively. The fi­nal UH-1B was re­tired in 2005, while the last UH-1D/HS re­mained in ser­vice un­til 2008. They were re­placed by Euro­copter Su­per Pumas and Cougars. Aviación del Ejército Vene­zolano Aviación del Ejército Vene­zolano (Venezue­lan Army Avi­a­tion) re­ceived six UH-1HS, se­ri­alled EV-77094 to 7709, fol­lowed by three Bell 205A1s, EV-8016 to 8018, all dur­ing 1977. Th­ese were to equip the Batal­lón de Helicópteros at Campo Aéreo del Ejército at San Felipe and were to re­main in ser­vice un­til 1999, af­ter which they were re­placed by 10 of the ad­vanced twin-en­gined Bell 412EPS.

The FAU 059 was the last UH-1H to en­ter ser­vice with the Uruguayan Air Force, be­ing a for­mer Span­ish Army ex­am­ple.

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A rare pic­ture of one of the 10 HU-1AS sent by the US Army to take part in the re­lief op­er­a­tions in Chile in 1960. It was the first op­er­a­tional over­seas de­ploy­ment of the Huey in its his­tory.they op­er­ated along­side Ar­gen­tine and Chilean Siko­rsky S-55s.

One of the Ar­gen­tine Army UH-1HS de­ployed to the Malv­inas or Falk­land Is­lands dur­ing 1982.The Huey proved ex­tremely re­li­able and none of them were shot down dur­ing the war. All nine de­ployed to the is­lands were cap­tured, but one was dam­aged be­yond re­pair by ar­tillery fire. An Ar­gen­tine Army UH-1H on com­bat op­er­a­tions in Tu­cumán prov­ince in 1974 against com­mu­nist guer­ril­las in the area. Two Hueys were lost in the op­er­a­tions, one to en­emy fire and the other in an ac­ci­dent. They per­formed air as­sault, close air sup­port, med­i­cal evac­u­a­tion and trans­port mis­sions.

AE-405 was one of the first Ar­gen­tine Army UH1Hs used on air attack mis­sions. Here it’s seen armed with two lo­cally de­vel­oped Martin Pescador air-to-ground mis­siles, tested on the air­craft but not used op­er­a­tionally. Also shown are two CITEFA launch­ers for Pam­pero 105mm rock­ets and the Gallo and Harry launch­ers for 70mm Al­ba­tros rock­ets.

One of the first Ar­gen­tine Air Force UH-1H fit­ted with floats.th­ese were briefly used in the early 1970s.

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Left: First flight of an Ar­gen­tine Army Huey II with rocket launch­ers in 2010, fit­ted with two Harry launch­ers for Al­ba­tros rock­ets.

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Ed­uardo Ro­tondo

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An Ar­gen­tine Army UH-1H armed with MAG ma­chine gun pods and two Mi­cro­bio rocket launch­ers for Pam­pero rock­ets. The Bell 205A-1 used for re­lief op­er­a­tions dur­ing a flood in Chaco prov­ince in Ar­gentina in the 1970s, where it op­er­ated from wa­ter and mud. An Ar­gen­tine Navy UH-1H dur­ing an ex­er­cise at Baterías Fir­ing Range, near Puerto Bel­grano Naval Base, in Novem­ber 2004. The UH-1HS of the Ar­gen­tine Army used by the Posadas Avi­a­tion Sec­tion re­ceived a spe­cial cam­ou­flage pat­tern as seen here.

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Night shot of an Ar­gen­tine Army UH-1H with weapons. LV-LGT as it ap­pears to­day, be­ing of­fered for sale af­ter some time out of ser­vice.

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Ar­gen­tine Air Force UH-1H in 2000 with the cur­rent paint scheme used by this model with the force.

Ar­gen­tine Bell 205A-1, LV-LGT, of the Di­rec­ción Na­cional de Emer­gen­cias So­ciales (DINES) in 1997.

A Bo­li­vian Air Force UH-1H, used by the Di­ab­los Ro­jos Task Force on an­tidrug op­er­a­tions from Santa Cruz de la Sierra.

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Brazil­ian Air Force

Two of the four UH-1HS do­nated by the Brazil­ian Air Force to the Bo­li­vian Air Force in 2013.

A Huey II of the Rio de Janeiro State Mil­i­tary Po­lice, used to carry snipers to pro­tect ground forces when they op­er­ate in the danger­ous slums of Rio de Janeiro.the he­li­copter was equipped with ar­mour plates in the rear cabin to pro­tect the gun­ners.

A Brazil­ian Air Force UH-1H, FAB 8671, of the 4º EMRA unit at Cumbica Air Base, Sao Paulo, in 1978.The he­li­copter is armed with a MAG pod on the for­ward mount­ing and a rocket launcher on a py­lon that also sup­ports an­other MAG ma­chine gun.this sec­ond gun can be fixed fir­ing for­ward or used by the door gun­ner. Both sys­tems were lo­cally de­vel­oped by Avi­brás.

A Brazil­ian Air Force SH-1D lo­cally named Pel­i­cano, used for SAR mis­sions in the early Sev­en­ties, seen here at Natal Air Base in Septem­ber 1976.

Brazil­ian Air Force UH-1H seen in the mid1980s at the Ama­zon Re­gion car­ry­ing large boats in its cabin.

Apare­cido Ca­mazano Alamino

Bell He­li­copters

Apare­cido Ca­mazano Alamino

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On Fe­bru­ary 1, 1974, a huge fire erupted in a build­ing named Joelma lo­cated in São Paulo. One air force Huey at­tended the emer­gency and res­cued many sur­vivors from the roof be­fore other civil he­li­copters ar­rived, as the fire­men’s lad­ders were not long enough to reach the higher floors.the air force Huey, thanks to its power, was the only he­li­copter able to hover over the hot air of the fire, while oth­ers, a Bell 206 and Hiller FH-1100, could not.they res­cued many peo­ple trapped on the roof, but trag­i­cally 191 peo­ple died in the fire.two years be­fore, an­other build­ing was con­sumed by flames in Sao Paulo, the An­draus build­ing, caus­ing 16 deaths. A civil Bell 204, PP-ENC, com­manded by Olendino Souza, res­cued 307 peo­ple on 32 trips to the top of the build­ing, from a to­tal of about 400 res­cued by all the he­li­copters.

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A Chilean Air Force UH-1H of the Grupo 9, based at San­ti­ago de Chile.

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A Chilean Air Force UH-1H.

A rare pic­ture of a Chilean Army UH-1H.THE force used them for a short pe­riod, be­fore trans­fer­ring them to the air force. The Chilean Air Force de­ployed its Hueys on be­half of the UN, cur­rently in Haiti, but pre­vi­ously in Iraq.

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The Chilean Air Force uses its Hueys on trans­port mis­sions. In the past they were used with rocket launch­ers and ma­chine guns in sup­port of army op­er­a­tions, but since the army now has its own armed he­li­copters, the use of weapons on the Hueys was dis­con­tin­ued.

Ger­mán Lüer Chilean Air Force

A Colom­bian Air Force Huey II armed with an M60 ma­chine gun and equipped with a LRAD 1000 very long range acous­tic de­vice.this sends what are known as de­mo­bi­liza­tion mes­sages as the high fre­quency noise has the ca­pac­ity to stress en­emy troops af­ter long pe­ri­ods hear­ing them. It can be used from up to 5000ft (1500m) altitude.

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Colom­bian Po­lice Huey II over the north of Bo­gotá dur­ing a test flight. The Colom­bian Po­lice Avi­a­tion Di­vi­sion is the big­gest and most pow­er­ful po­lice avi­a­tion force in the world.their Hueys, CH-135S, Bell 212s and Black­hawks are armed with M60s, GAU-17 and 19 Mini­guns to fight against drug traf­fick­ers and guer­ril­las.

FAC 277, one of the early Colom­bian Air Force UH-1BS.THE coun­try, to­gether with Venezuela, were the first two op­er­a­tors of the Huey in Latin Amer­ica, Colom­bia re­ceiv­ing 10 UH-1B in 1963 and Venezuela four.

Colom­bian Army Huey IIS at Tole­maida Army Avi­a­tion Base.they are mainly used to sup­port the Black­hawks on as­sault mis­sions.the Huey IIS and the Bell CH-135 are fit­ted with GAU-19 Mini­guns and other weapons for use against the guer­ril­las.

Javier Franco Ar­chive

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A Sal­vado­ran Air Force UH-1H dur­ing hu­man­i­tar­ian re­lief op­er­a­tions to the east of San Sal­vador af­ter the earth­quakes of Jan­uary and Fe­bru­ary 2001. El Sal­vador was one of the big­gest Huey op­er­a­tors in Latin Amer­ica, with a huge quan­tity of UH-1HS and Ms in ser­vice from 1981 on­wards.the Huey has been par­tially re­placed by the Bell 412. One of the last UH-1MS in ser­vice with the Sal­vado­ran Air Force.they are the last mil­i­tary op­er­a­tor of the ‘short’ Hueys, still us­ing a few UH-1MS on gun­ship mis­sions.

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A Do­mini­can Air Force UH-1H in the static park dur­ing an air dis­play.

A rare im­age of one of the two UH-1BS used briefly by the Costa Ri­can Na­tional Guard.

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Mario Over­all

A Gu­atemalan Air Force UH-1H, the last ex­am­ple re­ceived by the force in 2010.

Wim Son­n­eveld

The sole UH-1H used by the Haitian Coast Guard, seen at Port-au-prince on April 4, 2010.

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One of the five re­main­ing UH-1HS of the Hon­duran Air Force.

The two Bell 205As of the Mex­i­can Navy, used in the 1980s with se­ri­als HMR-140 and HMR-141.

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Two of the five Bell 205A-1s re­ceived in 1973, which served un­til 2000 at the Es­cuadrón Aéreo de Búsqueda, Rescate y Evac­uación 209 in Mex­ico.

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The first UH-1H re­ceived by the Fuerza Aérea Panameña in 1970. A line of eight of the 10 Bell UH-1BS re­ceived by the Fuerza Aérea Panameña in 1976. One of the Aidc-built UH-1HS do­nated by Tai­wan to the Fuerza Aérea Paraguaya.

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Rare pic­ture of the sole AB-205 used by the Fuerza Aérea San­din­ista of Nicaragua.

The sole UH-1B, called Lady Ellen, used by the Con­tras in Nicaragua dur­ing their op­er­a­tions against the gov­ern­ment.the Fuerza Aérea San­din­ista also briefly used a sin­gle AB-205.

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Lewis Me­jía

The Peru­vian Na­tional Po­lice re­ceived a to­tal of 44 Hueys in the form of UH-1HS and Huey IIS, all sup­plied by the US Depart­ment of State to as­sist in the fight against drug traf­fick­ers.they were the only gov­ern­ment-op­er­ated UH-1S in Peru by this time, as the navy and air force had re­tired their ex­am­ples.

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One of the Peru­vian Air Force UH-1DS re­cov­er­ing its pre­de­ces­sor, a Bell 47 he­li­copter.they were re­tired in the Eight­ies.

An early paint scheme used by a Peru­vian Air Force UH-1D.THE force was the first user of the model in Latin Amer­ica, re­ceiv­ing them in 1965.

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The Fuerza Aérea Uruguaya uses a small fleet of UH-1HS on trans­port and air as­sault du­ties.the last re­ceived were four for­mer Span­ish Army ex­am­ples, of which one is al­ready in ser­vice and the oth­ers are be­ing over­hauled. Here, the FAU-053, re­ceived in 1998, flies over the Río de la Plata.

Bell He­li­copters

A fac­tory photo of four UH-1DS built for the Venezue­lan Air Force and de­liv­ered in 1969.

Freddy Pedrique Ar­chive San­ti­ago Ri­vas

One of the four Bell UH-1BS used by the Venezue­lan Air Force.the Bs first en­tered ser­vice in 1963 and con­tin­ued un­til 2005.

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