UH-1N HUEY

COLUMBUS AIR FORCE BASE, Miss. -- Several Air Force Space Command UH-1N Huey helicopters and crews have deployed here supporting Joint Task Force-Katrina.  Crews, as part of the 620th Air Expeditionary Squadron, provide search, recovery and relief for displaced persons.  (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Molly A. Gilliam)

UH-1N "Huey"


Mission
The UH-1N is a light-lift utility helicopter used to support Air Force Global Strike Command missile wings and groups, Air Force District of Columbia, Air Force Survival School training, Air Advisory Operations, test and evaluation at Eglin AFB, Fla., and U.S. Pacific Command, as well as other agencies. The helicopter has a number of uses. Its primary missions include:

· Airlift of emergency security and disaster response forces
· Emergency evacuation of key government officials
· Distinguished visitor transport.
· Survival School training support
· Test Support
· Security surveillance of off-base movements of nuclear weapons convoys
· Priority maintenance dispatch support and emergency positive control document changes
· Response to search and rescue operations
· Airlift of missile support personnel
· Airborne cable inspections
· Medical evacuation/transport

Features
The UH-1N is capable of flight in instrument and nighttime conditions. The crew complement is normally three (Pilot, Co-Pilot, and Flight Engineer), but may be flown single-pilot depending on weather and mission requirements. When configured for passengers, the UH-1N can seat up to 13 people, but actual passenger loads are dependent on fuel loads and atmospheric conditions (may be less). The medical evacuation configuration can accommodate up to six litters. Without seats or litters, the cabin can carry bulky, oversized cargo. Access to the cabin is through two full-sized sliding doors.

Background
The UH-1N entered the Air Force inventory in 1970 to provide search and rescue capabilities. The missions expanded to include missile, distinguished visitor, survival school support, test support and air advisor operations. HH-1H's and UH-1F's supporting the missile wings were eventually replaced by the UH-1N due to the greater safety and capability offered by the twin engine. Manufactured by Bell Helicopter/Textron Inc., the UH-1N is the military version of the Bell 212, one of the more than 15 variants of the original "Huey" first designed and flown in 1956. Within AFGSC, UH-1N's are assigned to the 90th Missile Wing, F.E. Warren AFB, Wyo., the 341st Missile Wing, Malmstrom AFB, Mont., and the 91st Missile Wing, Minot AFB, N.D. Other squadrons/flights include: 1st Helicopter Squadron, Andrews AFB, Md.; 36th Rescue Flight, Fairchild AFB, Wash.; 459th Airlift Squadron, Yokota AB, Japan; 40th FLTS, Eglin AFB, Fla., 6th SOS, Hurlburt Field, Fla.; and 512th RQS, Kirtland AFB, N.M.

General Characteristics
Primary function:
Light-lift utility
Contractor: Bell Helicopter (A Textron company)
Power Plant: Two Pratt and Whitney T400-CP-400 turboshaft engines
Maximum Gross Weight: 10,500 pounds (4,763 kilograms)
Range: 300-plus miles
Ceiling: 15,000 feet (4,572 meters); 10,000 feet (3,048 meters) for gross weights above 10,000 pounds (4,536 kilograms)
Maximum Speed: 149 mph (130 knots)
Cruise Speed: 103-115 mph (90-100 knots)
Length: 57 feet, 3 inches (17.44 meters)
Width: 9 feet, 5 inches (2.87 meters)
Height: 12 feet, 10 inches (3.9 meters)
Diameter of Main Rotor: 48 feet (14.63 meters)
Diameter of Tail Rotor: 8 feet, 6 inches (2.6 meters)
Crew: Pilot with co-pilot and flight engineer, depending upon mission
Date Deployed: 1970
Inventory: Active force, 62; Reserve, 0; ANG, 0