The Huey fam­ily on dis­play

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That the Huey is a popular icon there can be no doubt. As the list be­low at­tests there are many mu­se­ums on ev­ery con­ti­nent of the world with one of th­ese ex­tra­or­di­nary air­craft in their col­lec­tion. Most of the coun­tries are Bell cus­tomers, pur­chasers or users of the he­li­copter, but there are a few, such as Viet­nam, where the Huey ended up be­cause of a con­flict which left it there when the fight­ing ended. Re­gard­less, the Huey is ab­so­lutely de­serv­ing of a place in a mu­seum in any of its many forms for three ma­jor rea­sons. Firstly, it is a ground break­ing piece of en­gi­neer­ing, its strength and sim­plic­ity set­ting the trends in he­li­copter de­sign for decades. Se­condly, it is the most suc­cess­ful mil­i­tary and com­mer­cial fam­ily of he­li­copters in terms of num­bers built and num­bers of cus­tomers. Lastly, its record of ser­vice in a huge va­ri­ety of roles speaks for it­self. Re­li­able and rugged, the Huey has en­deared it­self to op­er­a­tors in an amaz­ing range of in­dus­tries in some of the most ex­treme cli­mates to be found on the planet. The fact that the descen­dents of the orig­i­nal de­sign are still in pro­duc­tion to­day, 58 years af­ter its first flight,

The suc­cess of the Bell Huey fam­ily has been global, so like­wise the list of air­craft on dis­play spans the en­tire world. Like many other types we have fea­tured in th­ese pages, some of the places the he­li­copter has ended up are sur­pris­ing.

is proof of its fun­da­men­tal sound­ness and mar­ket ap­peal. It is among the se­lect group of air­craft that we have fea­tured in the pages of Avi­a­tion Clas­sics, where the only suit­able re­place­ment for it is an­other one. As usual in com­pil­ing this list, we are aware that the air­craft move to new homes or new own­ers, and some­times it takes a while for the in­for­ma­tion to dis­sem­i­nate. If you know of any that have moved, or even bet­ter, new air­craft that do not yet ap­pear here, then please let us know and we will pub­lish the in­for­ma­tion in the up­dates sec­tion of our web­site.

The Flyg­vapen­mu­seum in Mal­men is one of the great avi­a­tion mu­se­ums in Europe and in­cludes 03306/46, an Agusta-bell 204B or Hp­k3c as it was known by the Swedish armed forces. The Mil­itärhis­torisches Mu­seum der Bun­deswehr or Luft­waf­fen Mu­seum at Ga­tow in Ber­lin in­cludes D-HATE, a Bell UH-1D Iro­quois. Mounted out­side the Bat­tle­ship Me­mo­rial Park in Mo­bile, Alabama, is Bell UH-1H Iro­quois 66-16161.

Above: 002 is an Agusta-bell AB205A on dis­play at the Is­raeli Air Force Mu­seum at Haterzim. Right: The Fly­ing Leath­er­neck Avi­a­tion Mu­seum at Mi­ra­mar, Cal­i­for­nia has a Bell 214ST cap­tured from the Iraqi Armed Forces by US Marines.

Bell UH-1B Iro­quois 62-12550 is on dis­play in the New Eng­land Air Mu­seum in Con­necti­cut.

The su­perb Steven F. Ud­var-hazy Cen­ter of the Na­tional Air and Space Mu­seum in Vir­ginia fea­tures 65-10126, a Bell UH-1H Iro­quois. Bell UH-1H Iro­quois 69-15500/00A is on dis­play at the Com­mem­o­ra­tive Air Force’s Amer­i­can Air­power Her­itage Mu­seum at Mid­land in Texas. This Bell UH-1H, 0-21676 is mounted out­side the Com­mem­o­ra­tive Air Force’s Amer­i­can Air­power Her­itage Mu­seum at Mid­land in Texas.

Keith Dray­cott

N832M, for­merly 62-2084 is a Bell UH-1B Iro­quois kept in fly­ing con­di­tion by the Wings and Ro­tors Air Mu­seum and based at French Val­ley Air­port, Mur­ri­eta, Cal­i­for­nia.

Keith Dray­cott Con­stance Red­grave

Above: A spe­cial forces Bell UH-1P Iro­quois, 64-15476, used by the US Air Force in Viet­nam is on dis­play at the Na­tional Mu­seum of the US Air Force at Wright Pat­ter­son Air Force Base in Ohio. Left: In the Ari­zona desert heat of the Pima Air and Space Mu­seum is Bell UH-1H Iro­quois 64-13895.

Con­stance Red­grave

In one of the Pima Air and Space Mu­seum’s many hangars is 6509430 a Bell UH-1M Iro­quois.

Con­stance Red­grave

159198/08, a Bell UH-1N Iro­quois is also at the Fly­ing Leath­er­neck Avi­a­tion Mu­seum at Mi­ra­mar.

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