The Bell UH-1 Iroquois, nicknamed Huey, is a military helicopter powered by a single, turboshaft engine, with a two-bladed main rotor and tail rotor. The helicopter was developed to meet the United States Army's requirement for a medical evacuation and utility helicopter in 1952, and first flew in October 1956. Ordered into production in March 1960, the UH-1 was the first turbine-powered helicopter to enter production for the United States military, and more than 16,000 have been produced worldwide. The first combat operation of the UH-1 was in the service of the U.S. Army during the Vietnam War, approximately 7,000 UH-1 aircraft saw service in Vietnam. The UH-1 has long been a symbol of US involvement in Southeast Asia and Vietnam in particular, and as a result of that conflict, has become one of the world's most recognized helicopters.
This handcrafted model is painted in the same paint scheme as the original and is painstakingly built from Philippine mahogany by our skilled craftsmen. Perfect as a gift for any aviation enthusiast and history buff!