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Bell 'Huey' UH-1H

An aircraft whose name has become synonymous with the Vietnam War will take pride of place beside the mighty Vulcan and other aircraft in the Air Tattoo's new Cold War Zone.

The Bell-Huey helicopter was designed and built for air mobility, the rapid transport of troops and the provision of gun and rocket support. It gave the Americans an early advantage in the jungles of South Vietnam. Through such films as Apocalypse Now, the Huey came to symbolise the American involvement in the Vietnam conflict.

Huey UH1H 72-21509 was manufactured by the Bell Helicopter Company in 1972 and purchased by the US Army in the same year where it served in Vietnam with the 129 Assault Helicopter Company until 1973. It was then operated by the Army National Guard until 1991. In 2000 it was put in storage for five years before undergoing a complete restoration

Huey UH1H 72-21509 has been restored back to Vietnam combat livery as it would have appeared with the 129 Assault Helicopter Company.

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