The Info List - Huey Family

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The Bell Huey family
Bell Huey family
of helicopters includes a wide range of civil and military aircraft produced since 1956 by Bell Helicopter. This H-1 family of aircraft includes the utility UH-1 Iroquois
UH-1 Iroquois
and the derivative AH-1 Cobra
AH-1 Cobra
attack helicopter series and ranges from the XH-40
prototype, first flown in October 1956 to the 21st century UH-1Y Venom and AH-1Z


1 Military designations (UH-1 and AH-1) 2 Civil designations 3 See also 4 References

Military designations (UH-1 and AH-1)[edit]


AH-1Fs of the Israeli Defence Force
Israeli Defence Force
over Masada


XH-40 The initial Bell 204 prototype. Three prototypes were built.[1] YH-40 Six aircraft for evaluation, as XH-40
with 12-inch cabin stretch and other modifications. Bell 533 One YH-40BF rebuilt as a flight test bed with turbofan engines and wings. HU-1A Initial Bell 204 production model, redesignated as the UH-1A in 1962.[1][2] The HU-1 designation gave rise to the popular but unofficial nickname "Huey". TH-1A UH-1A with dual controls and blind-flying instruments, 14 conversions.[2] XH-1A A single UH-1A was redesignated for grenade launcher testing in 1960.[1] HU-1B Upgraded HU-1A, various external and rotor improvements. Redesignated UH-1B in 1962.[1][2] YUH-1B UH-1B prototypes[1] NUH-1B A single test aircraft, serial number 64-18261.[1] UH-1C UH-1B with improved engine, modified blades and rotor-head for better performance in the gunship role.[1][2] YUH-1D Seven pre-production prototypes of the UH-1D. UH-1D Initial Bell 205 production model (long fuselage version of the 204). Also built under license in Germany by Dornier.[1][2] HH-1D Rescue/fire fighting variant of UH-1D.[1] AH-1E 98 production Cobra gunships with the Enhanced Cobra Armament System (ECAS) featuring the M97A1 armament subsystem with a three-barreled M197 20 mm cannon. The AH-1E
is also referred to as the "Upgunned AH-1S", or "AH-1S(ECAS)" prior to 1988.[3] UH-1E UH-1B/C for USMC with different avionics and equipment.[1][2] NUH-1E UH-1E
configured for testing. TH-1E UH-1C
configured for Marine Corps training. Twenty built in 1965.[1] AH-1F "Modernized AH-1S", with upgraded avionics and defensive systems. UH-1F UH-1B/C for the USAF, with General Electric T-58-GE-3 engine of 1,325 shp.[1][2] TH-1F Instrument and Rescue Trainer based on the UH-1F
for the USAF.[1][2] UH-1G Designation given locally to UH-1D/H gunships operating with the Cambodia armed forces. AH-1G Initial 1966 production model of the Cobra gunship for the US Army, with one 1,400 shp Avco Lycoming T53-13 turboshaft. JAH-1G One Cobra helicopter modified for armament testing, including Hellfire missiles and multi-barrel cannon.[4] TH-1G Two-seat dual-control Cobra trainer.[4]

Base Rescue Moose Jaw CH-118
Iroquois helicopters 118109 and 118101 at CFB Moose Jaw, 1982

UH-1H Improved UH-1D
with a Lycoming T-53-L-13 engine of 1,400 shp; 5,435 built.[1][2] Also built under license in Taiwan by AIDC.[5] CUH-1H Canadian Forces
Canadian Forces
designation for the UH-1H
utility transport helicopter. Redesignated CH-118.[1][2][6] EH-1H Twenty-two aircraft converted by installation of AN/ARQ-33 radio intercept and jamming equipment for Project Quick Fix. HH-1H SAR variant for the USAF with rescue hoist.[1] 30 built.[2] JUH-1 Five UH-1Hs converted to SOTAS battlefield surveillance configuration with belly-mounted airborne radar.[1] TH-1H Modified UH-1Hs for use as basic helicopter flight trainers by the USAF. AH-1J Original twin-engine SeaCobra version, subsequently upgraged and exported to Iran
as AH-1J
"International" UH-1J An improved Japanese version of the UH-1H
built under license in Japan by Fuji was locally given the designation UH-1J.[5][7] HH-1K Purpose built SAR variant of the Model 204 for the US Navy with USN avionics and equipment.[1] 27 built.[2] TH-1L Helicopter
flight trainer based on the HH-1K
for the USN.[1] UH-1L Utility variant of the TH-1L.[1] UH-1M Gunship specific UH-1C
upgrade with Lycoming T-53-L-13 engine of 1,400 shp.[1] UH-1N Initial Bell 212
Bell 212
production model, the Bell "Twin Pac" twin-engined Huey.[1] AH-1P 100 production aircraft with composite rotors, flat plate glass cockpit, and improved cockpit layout for nap-of-earth (NOE) flight. The AH-1P
is also referred to as the "Production AH-1S", or "AH-1S(PROD)" prior to 1988. UH-1P UH-1F
variant for USAF for special operations use and attack operations used solely by the USAF 20th Special
Operations Squadron, "the Green Hornets".[1] YAH-1Q Eight AH-1Gs with XM26 Telescopic Sight Unit (TSU) and two M56 TOW 4-pack launchers.[3] AH-1Q Upgraded AH-1G
equipped with the M65 TOW/Cobra missile subsystem, M65 Telescopic Sight Unit (TSU), and M73 Reflex sight. YAH-1R AH-1G
powered by a T53-L-703 engine without TOW system.[3] AH-1RO Proposed version for Romania as Dracula.

on a training mission at the Mojave Spaceport.

YAH-1S AH-1Q upgrade and TOW system.[3] AH-1S AH-1Q upgraded with a 1,800 shp T53-L-703 turboshaft engine. AH-1T Named Improved SeaCobra, features an extended tailboom and fuselage and an upgraded transmission and engines. UH-1U Single prototype for Counter Mortar/Counter Battery Radar Jamming aircraft. Crashed at Edwards AFB during testing.[citation needed] UH-1V Aeromedical evacuation, rescue version for the US Army.[1] AH-1W SuperCobra variant, nicknamed "Whiskey Cobra", day/night version with more powerful engines and advanced weapons capability. EH-1X Electronic warfare
Electronic warfare
UH-1Hs converted under "Quick Fix IIA".[1] UH-1Y Named Venom, upgraded variant developed from existing upgraded late model UH-1Ns, with additional emphasis on commonality with the AH-1Z as part of the H-1 upgrade program. AH-1Z Named Viper, or also "Zulu Cobra", it includes an upgraded 4 blade main rotor and adds the Night Targeting System (NTS). Offered as King Cobra to Turkey for its ATAK program and selected for production in 2000, but later canceled.[8]

Canadian Forces
Canadian Forces
Twin Huey in service with the Multinational Force and Observers.

UH-1/T700 Upgraded commercial version, named Ultra Huey, fitted with a 1,400-kW (1900-shp) General Electric T700-GE-701C turboshaft engine. CH-118 Canadian Forces
Canadian Forces
designation for the UH-1H CH-135 Canadian Forces
Canadian Forces
designation for the UH-1N
Twin Huey CH-146 Canadian Forces
Canadian Forces
designation for the Bell 412 Griffin HT1 RAF
designation for a trainer based on the 412EP Griffin HAR2 RAF
designation for a search and rescue helicopter based on the 412EP

Civil designations[edit]

A Bell 205A-1 on firefighting duty with the Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources at Nym Lake, Ontario, Canada, 1996

A Bell 205A-1 with its helitack firefighting crew on standby with the Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources at Sioux Lookout, Ontario, 1995

A Bell 204B (upgraded to a "C" model) arrives to pick up its Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources firefighting crew on Fire 141, 1995

Kern County (California) Fire Department's Bell 205 based at Mojave Spaceport

Bell 214ST

Bell 204B 11 seat utility transport helicopter; the civil certified model was based at the military model 204, known by the US Army as the UH-1B.[9] Agusta-Bell AB 204 11 seat utility transport helicopter. Built under licence in Italy by Agusta. Agusta-Bell AB 204AS Anti-submarine warfare, anti-shipping version of the AB 204 helicopter. Fuji-Bell 204B-2 11 seat utility transport helicopter. Built under licence in Japan by Fuji Heavy Industries. Bell 205A 15 seat utility transport helicopter.[9] Agusta-Bell 205 15 seat utility transport helicopter. Built under licence in Italy by Agusta. Bell 205A-1 15 seat utility transport helicopter, initial version based on the UH-1H.[9] Agusta-Bell 205A-1 Modified version of the AB 205. Fuji-Bell 205A-1 15 seat utility transport helicopter. Built under licence in Japan by Fuji. Bell 205A+ Field upgraded 205A utilizing a T53-17 engine and a 212 rotor system. Similar to the production 205B and 210. Bell 205A-1A A 205A-1, but with armament hardpoints and military avionics. Produced specifically for Israeli contract. Bell 205B 15 seat upgraded 205A[9] Agusta-Bell 205BG Prototype fitted with two Gnome H 1200 turboshaft engines.[5] Agusta-Bell 205TA Prototype fitted with two Turbomeca Astazous turboshaft engines.[5] Advanced 205B Proposed upgraded Japanese version. Bell 208 Experimental twin-engine "Twin Huey" prototype.[5] Bell 209 Original AH-1G
prototype with retractable skid landing gear. Bell 210 15 seat upgraded 205A[9] Bell 211 The HueyTug, was a commercial version of the UH-1C
with an upgraded transmission, longer main rotor, larger tailboom, strengthened fuselage, stability augmentation system, and a 2,650 shp (1,976 kW) Lycoming T-55-L-7 turboshaft engine.[10] Bell 212 15 seat twin-engined derivative of the Bell 205 Bell 214
Bell 214
Huey Plus Strengthened development of the Bell 205 airframe with a larger engine Bell 214ST 18 seat twin engined utility helicopter Bell 249 Experimental AH-1 demonstrator version fitted with a four-bladed rotor system, an uprated engine and experimental equipment, including Hellfire missiles.[3] Bell 309 KingCobra  Experimental version powered by one Lycoming T-55-L-7C engine.[11] Bell 412 Bell 212
Bell 212
with a four-bladed semi-rigid rotor system. Bell Huey II A modified and re-engined UH-1H, significantly upgrading its performance, and its cost-effectiveness. Currently offered by Bell to all current military users of the type. Global Eagle Pratt & Whitney Canada name for a modified UH-1H
with a new PT6C-67D engine, modified tail rotor, and other minor changes to increase range and fuel efficiency over the Bell 212.[12] Huey 800 Upgraded commercial version, fitted with an LHTEC T800 turboshaft engine.[citation needed] Panha
Shabaviz 2-75 Unlicensed version made by Panha
in Iran. Panha
2091 Unlicensed Iranian upgrade of the AH-1J

See also[edit]

Bell 204/205 Bell 212 Bell 214 Bell 214ST Bell 412 Bell AH-1 Cobra Bell AH-1 SuperCobra Bell AH-1Z
Viper Bell CH-146
Griffon Bell UH-1 Iroquois Bell UH-1 Iroquois
UH-1 Iroquois
variants H-1 upgrade program List of Bell UH-1 Iroquois
UH-1 Iroquois
operators List of utility helicopters Panha
2091 Panha
Shabaviz 2-75


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Aircraft produced by Bell Aircraft
Bell Aircraft
and Bell Helicopter

Manufacturer designations

1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 30 32 33 34 35 36 38 39 40 41 42 43 44 45 47/47J 48 49 50 52 54 58 59 60 61 65 66 67 68 200 201 204 205 206 207 208 210 211 209 212 214/214ST 222 230 249 301 309 400 407 409 412 417 427 429 430 440 445 449 505 525 533 D-188 D-292

Fighter aircraft

YFM-1 Airacuda P-39 Airacobra XFL Airabonita P-59 Airacomet P-63 Kingcobra XP-77 XP-83

Target drones


Attack helicopters

207 AH-1 (singles) AH-1 (twins) 309 YAH-63

Observation and utility helicopters

H-13/H-13J Sioux UH-1 Iroquois UH-1N UH-1Y TH-57 OH-58 Kiowa TH-67 Creek ARH-70 Arapaho

Commercial helicopters

47/47J 204 205 206 210 212 214 214ST 222 230 407 412 427 429 430 505 525


V-22 Osprey V-247 V-280 BA609 TR918 QTR



Non-production helicopters

400 417 440

Experimental aircraft

ATV 201 533 D-188 D-255 D-292 FCX-001 L-39 LLRV/LLTV X-1 X-2 X-5 X-14 X-22 XF-109 XP-52 XV-3 XV-15

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United States Army
United States Army
helicopter designations (1956–62)

Helicopter, Cargo


Helicopter, Observation

HO-1 HO-2 HO-3 HO-4 HO-5 HO-6

Helicopter, Utility


Helicopter, Experimental


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United States helicopter designations, Army/Air Force and Tri-Service systems

Numerical sequence used by USAAC/USAAF/USAF 1941–present; US Army 1948–1956 and 1962–present; US Navy 1962–present

Main sequence (1941–1962)

Prefix R-, 1941–1948

R-1 R-2 R-3 R-4 R-5 R-6 R-7 R-8 R-9 R-10 R-11 R-12 R-13 R-14 R-15 R-16

Prefix H-, 1948–1962

H-5 H-6 H-9 H-10 H-11 H-12 H-13/J H-15 H-16 H-17 H-18 H-19 H-20 H-21 H-22 H-23 H-24 H-25 H-26 H-27 H-28 H-29 H-30 H-31 H-32 H-33 H-34 H-35 H-361 H-37 H-381 H-39 H-40 H-41 H-42 H-43 H-441 H-451

Main joint sequence (1962–present)

1962 redesignations

OH-13/UH-13J UH-19 CH-21 OH-23 UH-25 CH-34 CH-37 HH-43

New designations

CH-46/HH-46/UH-46 CH-47 UH-48 XH-49 QH-50 XH-51 HH-52 CH-53/HH-53/MH-53/CH-53E/CH-53K CH-54 TH-55 AH-56 TH-57 OH-58 XH-59 UH-60/SH-60/HH-60/MH-60 YUH-61 XCH-62 YAH-63 AH-64 HH-65 RAH-66 TH-67 MH-68 H-691 ARH-70 VH-71 UH-72 H-73 to H-891 MH-90 H-911 VH-92

1962 redesignations reusing old numbers

UH-1/N/Y AH-1/J/T/W/Z SH-2/SH-2G SH-3/CH-3/HH-3 OH-4 OH-5 OH-6/MH-6/AH-6