The Huey family on display
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.
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.
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.
In one of the Pima Air and Space Museum’s many hangars is 6509430 a Bell UH-1M Iroquois.
159198/08, a Bell UH-1N Iroquois is also at the Flying Leatherneck Aviation Museum at Miramar.