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 and the
AH-1 Cobra attack helicopter series and ranges from the
XH-40 prototype, first flown in October 1956 to the 21st century UH-1Y
1 Military designations (UH-1 and AH-1)
2 Civil designations
3 See also
Military designations (UH-1 and AH-1)
AH-1Fs of the
Israeli Defence Force
Israeli Defence Force over Masada
The initial Bell 204 prototype. Three prototypes were built.
Six aircraft for evaluation, as
XH-40 with 12-inch cabin stretch and
One YH-40BF rebuilt as a flight test bed with turbofan engines and
Initial Bell 204 production model, redesignated as the UH-1A in
1962. The HU-1 designation gave rise to the popular but
unofficial nickname "Huey".
UH-1A with dual controls and blind-flying instruments, 14
A single UH-1A was redesignated for grenade launcher testing in
Upgraded HU-1A, various external and rotor improvements. Redesignated
UH-1B in 1962.
A single test aircraft, serial number 64-18261.
UH-1B with improved engine, modified blades and rotor-head for better
performance in the gunship role.
Seven pre-production prototypes of the UH-1D.
Initial Bell 205 production model (long fuselage version of the 204).
Also built under license in Germany by Dornier.
Rescue/fire fighting variant of UH-1D.
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.
UH-1B/C for USMC with different avionics and equipment.
UH-1E configured for testing.
UH-1C configured for Marine Corps training. Twenty built in 1965.
"Modernized AH-1S", with upgraded avionics and defensive systems.
UH-1B/C for the USAF, with General Electric T-58-GE-3 engine of 1,325
Instrument and Rescue Trainer based on the
UH-1F for the USAF.
Designation given locally to UH-1D/H gunships operating with the
Cambodia armed forces.
Initial 1966 production model of the Cobra gunship for the US Army,
with one 1,400 shp Avco Lycoming T53-13 turboshaft.
One Cobra helicopter modified for armament testing, including Hellfire
missiles and multi-barrel cannon.
Two-seat dual-control Cobra trainer.
Base Rescue Moose Jaw
CH-118 Iroquois helicopters 118109 and 118101 at
CFB Moose Jaw, 1982
UH-1D with a Lycoming T-53-L-13 engine of 1,400 shp; 5,435
built. Also built under license in Taiwan by AIDC.
Canadian Forces designation for the
UH-1H utility transport
helicopter. Redesignated CH-118.
Twenty-two aircraft converted by installation of AN/ARQ-33 radio
intercept and jamming equipment for Project Quick Fix.
SAR variant for the USAF with rescue hoist. 30 built.
Five UH-1Hs converted to SOTAS battlefield surveillance configuration
with belly-mounted airborne radar.
Modified UH-1Hs for use as basic helicopter flight trainers by the
Original twin-engine SeaCobra version, subsequently upgraged and
An improved Japanese version of the
UH-1H built under license in Japan
by Fuji was locally given the designation UH-1J.
Purpose built SAR variant of the Model 204 for the US Navy with USN
avionics and equipment. 27 built.
Helicopter flight trainer based on the
HH-1K for the USN.
Utility variant of the TH-1L.
UH-1C upgrade with Lycoming T-53-L-13 engine of 1,400
Bell 212 production model, the Bell "Twin Pac" twin-engined
100 production aircraft with composite rotors, flat plate glass
cockpit, and improved cockpit layout for nap-of-earth (NOE) flight.
AH-1P is also referred to as the "Production AH-1S", or
"AH-1S(PROD)" prior to 1988.
UH-1F variant for USAF for special operations use and attack
operations used solely by the USAF 20th
Special Operations Squadron,
"the Green Hornets".
Eight AH-1Gs with XM26 Telescopic Sight Unit (TSU) and two M56 TOW
AH-1G equipped with the M65 TOW/Cobra missile subsystem, M65
Telescopic Sight Unit (TSU), and M73 Reflex sight.
AH-1G powered by a T53-L-703 engine without TOW system.
Proposed version for Romania as Dracula.
AH-1W on a training mission at the Mojave Spaceport.
AH-1Q upgrade and TOW system.
AH-1Q upgraded with a 1,800 shp T53-L-703 turboshaft engine.
Named Improved SeaCobra, features an extended tailboom and fuselage
and an upgraded transmission and engines.
Single prototype for Counter Mortar/Counter Battery Radar Jamming
aircraft. Crashed at Edwards AFB during testing.
Aeromedical evacuation, rescue version for the US Army.
SuperCobra variant, nicknamed "Whiskey Cobra", day/night version with
more powerful engines and advanced weapons capability.
Electronic warfare UH-1Hs converted under "Quick Fix IIA".
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.
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.
CH-135 Twin Huey in service with the Multinational
Force and Observers.
Upgraded commercial version, named Ultra Huey, fitted with a 1,400-kW
(1900-shp) General Electric T700-GE-701C turboshaft engine.
Canadian Forces designation for the UH-1H
Canadian Forces designation for the
UH-1N Twin Huey
Canadian Forces designation for the Bell 412
RAF designation for a trainer based on the 412EP
RAF designation for a search and rescue helicopter based on the 412EP
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
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.
Agusta-Bell AB 204
11 seat utility transport helicopter. Built under licence in Italy by
Agusta-Bell AB 204AS
Anti-submarine warfare, anti-shipping version of the AB 204
11 seat utility transport helicopter. Built under licence in Japan by
Fuji Heavy Industries.
15 seat utility transport helicopter.
15 seat utility transport helicopter. Built under licence in Italy by
15 seat utility transport helicopter, initial version based on the
Modified version of the AB 205.
15 seat utility transport helicopter. Built under licence in Japan by
Field upgraded 205A utilizing a T53-17 engine and a 212 rotor system.
Similar to the production 205B and 210.
A 205A-1, but with armament hardpoints and military avionics. Produced
specifically for Israeli contract.
15 seat upgraded 205A
Prototype fitted with two Gnome H 1200 turboshaft engines.
Prototype fitted with two Turbomeca Astazous turboshaft engines.
Proposed upgraded Japanese version.
Experimental twin-engine "Twin Huey" prototype.
AH-1G prototype with retractable skid landing gear.
15 seat upgraded 205A
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.
15 seat twin-engined derivative of the Bell 205
Bell 214 Huey Plus
Strengthened development of the Bell 205 airframe with a larger engine
18 seat twin engined utility helicopter
Experimental AH-1 demonstrator version fitted with a four-bladed rotor
system, an uprated engine and experimental equipment, including
Bell 309 KingCobra
Experimental version powered by one Lycoming T-55-L-7C engine.
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.
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.
Upgraded commercial version, fitted with an LHTEC T800 turboshaft
Panha Shabaviz 2-75
Unlicensed version made by
Panha in Iran.
Unlicensed Iranian upgrade of the
Bell AH-1 Cobra
Bell AH-1 SuperCobra
Bell UH-1 Iroquois
UH-1 Iroquois variants
H-1 upgrade program
List of Bell
UH-1 Iroquois operators
List of utility helicopters
Panha Shabaviz 2-75
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Canadian DND webpage. Retrieved: 30 August 2007.
^ UH-1J 多用途ヘリコプター. Retrieved: 11 December 2007.
^ "Back to square one in attack helicopter plan" Archived 2006-12-06
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^ a b c d e FAA Type Certificate Data Sheet H1SW for the 204, 205A,
205A-1 and 210 models
^ "Skycranes". Centennial of Flight Commission. Archived from the
original on 9 April 2007. Retrieved 2007-03-15.
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Aircraft produced by
Bell Aircraft and Bell Helicopter
United States Army
United States Army helicopter designations (1956–62)
United States helicopter designations, Army/Air Force and Tri-Service
Numerical sequence used by USAAC/USAAF/USAF 1941–present; US Army
1948–1956 and 1962–present; US Navy 1962–present
Prefix R-, 1941–1948
Prefix H-, 1948–1962
Main joint sequence
H-73 to H-891
reusing old numbers