Helicopter 970 was procured by the U.S. Army in Nov. 1966. Huey 970 arrived in South Vietnam in Feb. 1967, and was assigned to the 128th Assault Helicopter Company.
1 Mar 1967 – Accident while picking up troops in Landing Zone (LZ) –970 main rotor strike of tail rotor of aircraft. There were no casualties – aircraft completed mission.
9 Mar 1967 – Troop extraction from “hot LZ” (incoming enemy fire) – 970 was hit by small arms fire in the tail section – no casualties – aircraft completed mission.
1 Apr 1967 – while landing in “hot LZ” with assault troops – 970 was hit in the engine section with small arms fire (7.62mm) – no casualties – aircraft completed mission.
4 Apr 1967 – While flying at 1,500 ft at 80 knots – 970 was hit by ground small arms fire (7.62mm) – Damage to tail section but aircraft completed all missions that day.
16 May 1967 – while 970 was landing with supplies for a forward area, at 50 feet elevation, 970 was hit with nine (9) rounds of automatic fire (7.62). The Huey made a forced landing and there were casualties. Damage was done to the main rotor but was able to fly under it's own power to base repair station.
Sep. 1967 – Huey 970 was transferred to USAA, 4th Army AVCOM for upgrade and repair.
Sep. 1968 – Huey 970 was returned to south East Asia (Thailand), HHD 44th engineers.
Oct. 1968 – Huey 970 was assigned to the 116th Assault Helicopter Company, south Vietnam. The aircraft flew 1,050 combat hours before being hit again.
19 Sep. 1969 – While landing troops in “hot LZ”, 970 was hit by four (4) rounds of explosive weapon-- non-artillery launched, or static weapon containing explosive charge (60mm mortar) – causing fragmentation damage to main rotor system. Aircraft completed mission.
Jan. 1971 – Huey 970 was returned to the USA after completing 1357 more combat flight hours during it's second assignment to South East Asia.
IN TOTAL: Huey helicopter number 66-00970 completed a total of 3482 combat mission hours on hundreds of flights transporting thousands of assault troop into and out of “hot LZ's”, providing fire cover and delivering supplies.
“The thing is, helicopters are different from planes. An airplane by its nature wants to fly, and if not interfered with too strongly by unusual events or by a deliberately incompetent pilot, it will fly. A helicopter does not want to fly. It is maintained in the air by a variety of forces and controls working in opposition to each other, and if there is any disturbance in this delicate balance the helicopter stops flying, immediately and disastrously. There is no such thing as a gliding helicopter. This is why being a helicopter pilot is so different from being an airplane pilot, and why, in general, airplane pilots are open, clear-eyed, bouyant extroverts, and helicopter pilots are brooders, introspective anticipators of trouble. They know if something bad has not happened, it is about to.” Harry Reasoner
With the success of the Bell Model 204 design a need was identified for a larger and more powerful version of this helicopter. The result was the Model 205 with a lengthened fuselage that accommodated 12 to 14 troops and a larger main rotor blade system. The Model 205 prototype first flew in 1961 and deliveries as the UH-1D started in August 1963.
An upgraded 1,400 shp (1044kW) T53-L-13 engine was added to create the UH-!H model, most UH-1D aircraft eventually being converted. The UH-1H is the most common example of the Bell Model 205 helicopter
Main Rotor diameter: 48 ft 0 in Length, overall: 57 ft 9.625 in Length, fuselage: 41 ft 10.75 in Width, overall: 9 ft 4 in Width, skids 8 ft 7 in Height, overall: 14 ft 5.5 in Height, tail rotor head: 11 ft 9.75 in
Cabin Length: 7 ft 8 in Max width: 7 ft 8 in Max height: 4 ft 1 in Cargo compartment: 28 cu ft
Empty weight: 5,210 lbs Gross weight: 9,500 lbs Cargo, external: 4,000 lbs Cargo, internal: 220 cu ft
Manufacturer: Honeywell (Lycoming) Engine: T53-L-13B Horsepower 1,400 shp (1,044 kW) Takeoff: 1,100 shp (820 kW) Continous: 1,100 shp (820 kW)
Max speed: 120 kts Cruise speed: 114 kts Max range: 276 nm Max rate of climb: 1,600 fpm Service Ceiling: 12,600 ft
UH-1D Precurser to UH-1H UH-1D Dronier (Germany) UH-1V Medivac configuration CH-118 Canada AB 205A Agusta-Bell (Italy) HU-1H Fuji-Bell (Japan)