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Army Retires Legendary UH-1 Huey Helo
An icon of the Vietnam War, a faithful conveyer of American troops across the globe and savior to countless lost or injured civilians, the Huey helicopter’s long Army service is ending.
More than 50 years after the first models lifted off, the Army is retiring the few single-bladed UH-1 variants still sitting on the flightline.
The Huey was well known in its role as a medevac chopper and its pilots earned a reputation as the “cowboys of aviation” for their willingness to fly whenever, wherever, however if somebody needed help under fire. The bird was nicknamed “Dustoff” for the cloud of dirt kicked up on takeoff, a name still given to medevac crews. But the Huey also served as a troop transport and air assault platform, part of the military’s decision to broaden the Army’s aviation aspect for the “helicopter war” in Vietnam.
The Huey is considered the most widely known modern helicopter, thanks to numerous Hollywood depictions and the characteristic “whoop-whoop-whoop” sound made by the spinning main rotor.