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Posted 10/19/2010 Printable Fact Sheet
Iroquois Helicopter
Bell HH-1H "Iroquois" Helicopter
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Bell HH-1H "Iroquois"
S/N 70-02470

Crew:  Two-to-three
Engine:  One Lycoming T-53-L-13B turboshaft; 1,400 hp
Rotor Diameter:  48 ft 4 in (main); 8 ft 6 in (tail)
Width:  9 ft 5 in
Length:  57 ft 1 in
Height:  12 ft 8 in
Weight:  6,186 lbs empty; 9,500 lbs max
Speed:  133 mph
Range:  345 miles
Ceiling:  15,000 ft
Armament:  None
Cost:  $1,900,000

This HH-1H, S/N 70-02470, was manufactured by Bell Helicopter Textron in Fort Worth, Texas, and delivered to the 1550th Aircrew Training and Test Wing at Hill AFB on March 23, 1973. 

In July 1974 it was reassigned to Detachment 4 of the 37th Aerospace Rescue and Recovery Squadron at Little Rock AFB, Arkansas. On August 28, 1987 the aircraft was assigned to the 6514th Test Squadron at Hill AFB for local air base rescue, personnel transport, and support of the Utah Test and Training Range.

It was dropped from the Air Force inventory on November 11, 1995 with 7,449 flight hours on the airframe. It was then acquired by the USAF Museum System for static display at Hill Aerospace Museum and arrived at the museum in March 1996. During its service at Hill this aircraft was involved in at least three recorded rescues of personnel. The three small helicopter decals on the overhead hoist represent rescue operations conducted by the aircraft.

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