The Bell UH-1 Iroquois (better known as 'Huey') multi-role helicopter was in service with the United States and its allies for decades before the Blackout. It has only recently seen use again after many years.
First flown in 1956, the Huey was meant to be a troop and cargo carrier for the United States Army . Countless variants were produced over the years. Its use in the Vietnam War caused it to become an icon of the conflict.
After the Blackout, all helicopters were disabled, along with anything else that required electricity to operate. About eleven years after the Blackout, Sebastian Monroe began to collect any military vehicles that he could find, including Hueys. These had the United States star-and-bar insignia painted out and replaced with a white encircled M.
A United States Army UH-1B or C 'Huey' helicopter gunship was found by the Monroe Militia near Chancellorsville and then transported using slave labor. It was armed with a nose-mounted XM5 40 milimeter automatic grenade launcher, two seven-shot rocket pods, and two General Electric XM134 7.62-mm miniguns. It was likely a museum piece, as it was in almost pristine condition ("Chained Heat") It is interesting to note that this helicopter is configured incorrectly. The miniguns and grenade launcher cannot be mounted together, as they use the same space under the troop seats for ammunition storage.
When Rachel Matheson finally finished the Pendant amplifier, Monroe used it to re-power his fleet of six UH-1Ds. One of them took off and chased Charlie Matheson and her companions. They hid in the freezer of an abandoned diner, and it destroyed the building using rockets. They were unharmed, however. Then Monroe ordered them to attack several Rebel camps. At West Chester Pennsylvania, Colonel Starkey and all the other Rebels were killed by machine-gun fire. Next, the choppers destroyed Rockville and Elizabethtown, Pennsylvania.
Monroe's heli-borne offensive was halted, however, at Annapolis, Maryland. Two Huey gunships arrived and began to strafe the base—while the Rebels responded with heavy small-arms fire, it was mostly ineffective. Then, Miles Matheson arrived with an AT4 anti-tank missile. When he was incapacitated by a rocket strike, Danny Matheson sacrificed himself to destroy the helicopter carrying the amplifier, causing the other one to crash as well.
Two helos were later used to scatter leaflets over Atlanta, Georgia to force President Foster 's surrender. They did not appear to be armed, however. After the battle of Evansville, Monroe used two Hueys to travel from Philadelphia to Jasper, Indiana in an attempt to draw out Miles Matheson. One of them was later used as an impromptu medivac when Sebastian Monroe was wounded in the abdomen. Following John Sanborn's revelation to Monroe about the Tower, he dispatches a helicopter-borne expedition to Colorado. It is unknown how many choppers were involved, but the number seems to be at least two.
Also, it is revealed that the Georgia Federation has been collecting Hueys as well. Miles Matheson re-activates one with Sanborn's pendant amplifier, and the group flies to Colorado as well. Several abandoned Hueys were seen at Fort Hanson when the group stopped for fuel. During this time, the helicopter was sabotaged by Jim Hudson, but Nora Clayton managed to repair the damage. With their pilot dead, Miles then opts to fly it the rest of the way. They landed four miles from the Tower, and left the helicopter there. One of Monroe's Hueys was seen in his camp, but it was disabled after the amplifier was destroyed.
The United States Marine Corps used the UH-1 'Twin Huey' and later the UH-1Y 'Venom' before the Blackout. They served admirably in conflicts from Vietnam up to Afghanistan in various roles such as troop transport, gunship, and medivac.
After the Blackout, Hueys like all gasoline-powered vehicles, were rendered inoperable. For the most part they sat where they were for years, occasionally picked over by salvagers. Those at Fort Hanson, in Colorado, were left untouched due to their remote location.
The Monroe Republic utilizes what appear to be six UH-1Ds. Some are outfitted as troop transports, with only two door-mounted M240 machine guns, but most are configured as gunships. It appears that all are fitted with armored seats for the pilot and co-pilot, who also controls the guns. They mount two seven or nineteen shot rocket pods and usually XM134 miniguns as well. Some of the latter are also fitted with door-mounted machine guns to cover the vulnerable sides of the chopper from attack. Huey gunships cannot transport troops, as all available cabin space is taken up by ammunition storage. They are painted in overall dark semigloss olive drab typical of the Vietnam era. Other than a white encircled M, no other markings are seen, not even serial numbers or maintenance stencils.
The Georgia Federation has been collecting modern weaponry, similar to Monroe. They have at least two UH-1D troop transports, although they were useless until John Sanborn arrived with a pendant amplifier. It is interesting to note that these particular choppers are completely unarmed and unarmored, lacking door guns or armored seats. One of these was used to transport a combined Rebel-Georgian force to the Tower. They are painted in overall medium green, quite similar to the field green color used by the Marine Corps in Vietnam. They carry the insignia of the Federation on the engine housing.
Variants and Configurations
After the Blackout, the various nations use the Huey helicopter in much the same way as they were used in Vietnam, to transport troops, supplies, and injured soldiers, and for direct assault.
UH-1D gunships, known also as 'Frog' or 'Hog', are solely used by the Monroe Republic. The four of them all mount XM-200 rocket pods on the XM-156 armament framework attached to the fuselage. General Electric XM-134 miniguns can also be mounted as well, and are used by a few Hueys. Several of them also have M240 machine guns on Sagami mounts in the doors. A short-body UH-1C was also seen with a nose-mounted XM-5 40 millimeter automatic grenade launcher. The miniguns and grenade launcher cannot be mounted together, however, as they use the same space under the troop seats for ammunition storage.
Hueys that transport troops are commonly known as 'Slicks', as they are not weighed down by extra weapons. The Monroe Republic appears to posses two of them, and only one is armed with door guns. On the other hand, the two D models used by the Georgia Federation appear to be completely unarmed, lacking door guns and even armored pilot's seats—very unusual, as they were usually refitted early on. The UH-1D can transport up to ten fully-armed soldiers at a time.
- The moniker 'Huey' comes from the type's pre-1961 designation as HU-1E, or 'Helicopter, Utility, type 1, version E'.