Corgi US50410 US Army Bell UH-1B Huey Helicopter - Ernie Greening, 117th Aviation Company, Vietnam, 1965 (1:48 Scale)
"Television brought the brutality of war into the comfort of the living room. Vietnam was lost in the living rooms of America - not on the battlefields of Vietnam."
- Marshal McLuhan
The Bell UH-1 series, better known as the Huey, began arriving in Vietnam in 1963. Before the end of the conflict, more than 5,000 of these versatile aircraft were introduced into Southeast Asia. Hueys were used for MedEvac, command and control, and air assault; to transport personnel and materiel; and as gun ships. In August, the AH-1G Huey Cobra arrived in Vietnam to replace the UH-1B/UH-1C Huey being used as gunships. The UH-1B Huey was armed with two 24-tube 2.75 inch rocket launchers on an XM3 armament subsystem, and featured a nose-mounted grenade launcher for additional fire support.
This particular 1:48 scale replica of a UH-1B Huey helicopter was flown by the US Army's 117th Aviation Company. In addition to the nose-mounted grenade launcher, it also comes equipped with side-mounted armament that include M60 machine guns and 2.75-inch rockets. This memorable fighting machine has been 'muddied' to give it a more weathered appearance. Sold Out!
Release Date: January 2005
Historical Account: In the early days of the Vietnam War, a wide variety of experimental camouflage schemes were employed by Army aviation units. This particular B model Huey carries a black and light brown over olive drab pattern. This pattern was not adopted for widespread use with other units.