UH-1 Huey | Behind the Wings

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UH-1 Huey | Behind the Wings

The UH-1 Huey is one of the most iconic military aircraft in history and was symbolic of the "Helicopter War" in Vietnam. Join curator Matthew Burchette as he highlights one of the latest editions to the Wings' collection and speaks with the Huey pilots that saved "Sweet Sioux" from becoming target practice. You'll even get a tutorial on how to fly this incredible aircraft and explore the weapons systems that made this helo unique.

Wings Over the Rockies Air & Space Museum:


Host, Curator:
Matthew Burchette

Creator, Producer:
Ben Theune

Camera, Editor:
Scott Hennelly



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Hey guys, thanks for all the corrections on the speed of the turbine vs. rotor. What I should of said is the "turbine" spins at 6600rpm. The "rotor" spins at 324rpm. - MB

Author — Wings Over the Rockies Air & Space Museum


When are you guys gonna go give the Tomcat some love?

Author — Vinyl Scratch


At 1:48, did that guy trip getting out of the left side of the chopper?

Author — MasterMatt


Unknown Combat Instructor: "The only time you can have too much fuel or is when you're on

Author — Karl Brundage


6, 600 RPM for the Main Rotor Blade RPM? No, not even close. Maybe the power plant was spinning at 6, 600 RPM. The main rotor blades would fly apart at 6, 600 RPM. Main rotor blades would rotate at between 315 and 330 RPM.

USMC 6173 2008-2013

Author — George Miranda1983


Was door gunner on uh1b in first cav in 1967 we had a box on the floor with about 2000 rounds m60 on bungee cord the aircraft I flew on 049 is now restored and flying with American huey 049 in indiana

Author — chuck cuttress


Please keep uploading videos.. love your video's. I hope someday i visit this museum...Love from India

Author — RC WIZARD 008


Col. Bill McPherson and Lt. Col. Ken Overturf you guys are the strength of America in wartime; highest reguards to you both sirs!

Author — Shift2Movies


The Huey is easily my favourite helicopter of all time. I recommend reading "Chickenhawk" for anyone interested in the Huey and its pilots during the Vietnam War.

Author — General Ripper


I like the Huey, I love it. It holds a special place in my heart, but the Blackhawk will always hold the key to my heart. I must admit, the Huey has such a soothing rotor sound lol

Author — Валерия Карреон


"...doing all sorts of crazy things..." .. like trying to rid the world of Communist "Democrats" - to little avail, apparently. (Deep State / Swamp still afflicts the U.S.)

Author — Trev0r98


Who wouldn't love to sit down with those two pilots over a beer and listen to their stories?!

Author — Diemerstein


"Loaded for Bear"....
Actually, the Huey was loaded for Charlie!

Author — MesquiteBelt


Thanks for the memories. I was born and raised in mid 60s in south western Vietnam and my father and uncles served the south Vietnam government . Missed the chop chop sounds from these choppers whenever they flew over our school. One of my uncle was Huey maintenance crew in Tan son nhat air base in 70s. He got 2nd degrees burns during the Vietnam war.

Author — Dee Cee


They called the assembly on the top of the main rotor the "Jesus nut". The reason being that if it ever came off in flight due to damage or malfunction, whoever was onboard was going to meet Jesus.

Author — Blaine Edwards


Huey by far the most iconic and recognizable American helicopter.

Author — Alex Buss


Sorry for the shit you boys got when you got back, we never forget and always remember, thank you Sir

Author — kendo411


My wife's uncle few them in Vietnam, and then again with the National Guard through the early 00's. He was deployed during Desert Storm flying these very same ships:-).

Author — StormLaker1975


Thank you for sharing your opportunity to interview these Vietnam Veterans.

Author — Levi M


Whoever gave your script should be fired. The UH-1C Huey Gunship UH-1C: The UH-1B gunship lacked the power necessary to carry weapons and ammunition and keep up with transport Hueys, and so Bell designed yet another Huey variant, the "UH-1C", intended strictly for the gunship role. It is an UH-1B with improved engine, modified blades and rotor-head for better performance in the gunship role.[13] 767 built.[67] Later on, the Charlie Model was upgraded to the Mike Model UH-1M: Gunship specific UH-1C upgrade with Lycoming T53-L-13 engine of 1, 400 shp (1, 000 kW).[13]
The M-60 mounting for the Door Gunners was Never Used and the 500 round ammo box was never used. In my unit, we shot the M-60 FreeHand and used empty shipping boxes as ammo boxes to contain about 1, 200 rounds of ammo.
So if this aircraft served with 1 Cav. So why does it also have the makings of the 174th Sharks?.
Not a good job on the part " Wings Over the Rockies Air & Space Museum "
I server with the 282nd Assault Helicopter Company Black Cats & Alley Cats. Crew Chief 3rd Platoon Alley Cats December 1970-71 @ Marble Mountain Airfield, DaNang, Republic of South Vietnam.

Author — John Dubpernell