Bell UH-1 Iroquois (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)
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I spy - A Marine Corps UH-1 Iroquois helicopter searches for hostile ground targets during exercise Atlantic Strike at Avon Park, Fla, Sept. 13. (Photo/Casey Bain)
The UH-1 Iroquois helicopter was officially retired in a ceremony held Oct. 2 by the Army National Guard, ending a service life of more than 50 years to the Army and close to 40 years in the Army Guard. The helicopter, known to most simply as the Huey, was first manufactured in 1956 and fielded to the Army by 1959. Its distinctive nickname came from the pronunciation of its first Army designation of HU-1- for helicopter, utility.
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