Veterans memorials

UH-1 Huey Helicopters

Huey helicopters

The Bell Iroquois Utility Helicopter was originally designed in 1952 (originally designated HU-1 that generated its nickname) to meet the United States Army's need for a utility and medical evacuation helicopter. Existing helicopters were too big, too underpowered, or too complex to maintain easily.

In 1963, it started seeing use in Vietnam and became a workhorse in that war, extending its use to combat operations with the addition of rocket launchers, grenade launchers, and machine guns. They were commonly called "Frogs" or "Hogs" if they carried rockets, or "Guns" if they had machine guns. They were called "Slicks" if primarily used for troop transport, but even then, they had door gunners. Ultimately, over 7,000 Huey helicopters were deployed in Vietnam and roughly half were destroyed in combat.

The Huey had a two-bladed main rotor, with a stabilizing bar at 90° to the rotor attachments, all producing its distinctive whoop-whoop sound. The engine was mounted on top of the fuselage which made servicing easier for maintenance crews. There were large sliding doors on either side of the cabin which were frequently removed in combat and rescue operations when quick access was needed.

Over 10% of Vietnam casualties were helicopter crew members, and most of those were the door gunners that protected the helicopter, its crew, and its transports, from their exposed position. The average lifespan of a door gunner on a Huey in Vietnam was just two weeks. RIP, all you courageous young men who answered the nation's call to arms and paid the ultimate price.

Huey helicopters requirements

This challenge is to collect photos of life-size UH-1 Huey helicopters. Scorer Eric Marshall created a GPX file of known sites here (rev. 7/25/18), and an up-to-date listing by state here. This is a non-inclusive list, so if you come across a new one to add, let Eric know at

Disclaimer: Some helicopters on the list may be indoors or behind gates, and require an admission fee. It is up to riders to pre-scout locations to determine access.

Each submission should clearly show:
A) The qualifying Huey helicopter
B) Rider flag(s) – pillion photos must include either the pillion or the rider.
C) Enough of the background to identify the location
Optional: Additional photo of tail number that will be provided to researchers.

There will be three basic levels of finishers:
Bronze - 10 or more different Huey helicopters verified
Silver - 20 or more different Huey helicopters verified
Gold - 30 or more different Huey helicopters verified

Naming convention for Huey helicopter submissions:
2020_rider#_Huey_state_cityname.jpg, ie. 2020_145_Huey_TX_Dallas.jpg

Your motorcycle is NOT required to be in the picture if doing so is impractical or unsafe. An additional photo with rally flag and motorcycle as close to the memorial location as possible when you are unable to get all in same photo. Some of these memorials are part of a larger memorial. No parking on sidewalks or lawns, unless given permission by caretakers or law enforcement. If there are multiple Huey’s in the same location, provide a photo of each tail number for credit. TOH scorers will have final say whether a site is allowed or not. 



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