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US Army Bell UH-1B Huey Helicopter - 57th Medical Detachment, South Vietnam, 1960s (1:72 Scale)
US Army Bell UH-1B Huey Helicopter - 57th Medical Detachment, South Vietnam, 1960s

Hobby Master US Army Bell UH-1B Huey Helicopter - 57th Medical Detachment, South Vietnam, 1960s

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Hobby Master HH1015 US Army Bell UH-1B Huey Helicopter - 57th Medical Detachment, South Vietnam, 1960s (1:72 Scale) "I can't promise you that I will bring you all home alive, but this I swear: I will be the first one to set foot on the field, and I will be the last to step off. And I will leave no one behind. Dead, or alive, we all come home together. So help me God."
- Colonel Hal Moore, from the feature film "We Were Soldiers"

So unassuming is the humble Huey (never called "Iroquois" by those who flew them) that its role as one of the major combat aircraft of the century is easily forgotten. More than 12,000 of all models were built and -- on any given day, during its heyday in Vietnam -- 2,000 could be in the air at once.

From 1962, when the first short-fuselage HU-1s arrived, to the later large-doored versions, they took on transport, utility and medevac or "dustoff" missions. The Huey later morphed into a gunship with multiple protrusions of guns and rocket pods added to protect and escort the unarmed troop-carrying "slicks."

When the new Huey Cobra appeared, a true Air Cavalry was born. Though most of the USAF machines are gone, the army expects to keep the Huey through the first decade of this century.

The UH-1B was an improved model that was equipped with the Lycoming T53-L-5 engine of 960 shp (716 kW), revised main rotor blades of 44 foot diameter and 21 inch chord, 13 inches higher rotor mast and a longer cabin that could accommodate seven passengers. This version was redesignated UH-1B in 1962.

Later production UH-1Bs were equipped with Lycoming T53-L-9 and L-11 engines of 1,100 shp (820 kW). Gross weight was 8,500 lb (3,850 kg) and the standard empty weight was 4,513 lb (2,047 kg).

Army testing of the "B" model started in November, 1960 with first production aircraft arriving in March, 1961. A total of 1010 "Bravo" models were delivered to the US Army. First deployment was in November 1963 when eleven were sent to Vietnam to join the "Alpha" models already in use by UTTCO.

Pictured here is a US Army Bell UH-1B Huey helicopter that was attached to the 57th Medical Detachment then deployed to South Vietnam during the 1960s. Sold Out!

Rotor Span: 7-1/2-inches
Length: 8-inches

Release Date: March 2023

Historical Account: "Dustoff" - The 57th Medical Detachment (RA) was reactivated and allotted to the Regular Army on March 23rd, 1953, and assigned to Brooke Army Medical Center, Fort Sam Houston, TX. The unit was the first Aeromedical Evacuation unit deployed to the Republic of Vietnam, arriving in country on April 26th, 1962, and remaining until deactivation at Tan Son Nhut Air Base, on March 14th, 1973. During the 57th Medical Detachment's service in Vietnam, the unit's dedicated unhesitating service to the fighting forces, combined with an excellent medical support system, contributed to the lowest mortality rate for the United States Armed Forces of any conflict in military history.

The period of service in Vietnam also provided the 57th Medical Detachment (RA) with it's motto, "THE ORIGINAL DUSTOFF", when all aeromedical evacuations became known by the 57th Medical Detachment's original radio callsign "DUSTOFF". When the 57th Medical Detachment (RA) was sent to Vietnam, it became the first unit to use the UH-1 helicopter for MEDEVAC in actual combat operations, evacuating more than 100,000 patients within the combat zone. On March 29th, 1973, the Detachment returned to the United States and was assigned to Fort Bragg.

  • Diecast construction
  • Spinning rotor blades
  • Plexiglass canopy
  • Accurate markings and insignia
  • Comes with display stand

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