A Helicopter is a flying vehicle that is used to transport people or goods to and from places that would be inaccessible to conventional aircraft.
On the night of the Blackout, two Sikorsky CH-53D Sea Stallion assault support helicopters of Marine Helicopter Squadron 362 lost all power and crashed near Marine Corps Depot Parris Island, South Carolina. All those aboard both choppers were killed in the crash. Several UH-60 Blackhawk helicopters were seen on the ramp at Marine Corps Depot Parris Island, South Carolina as well.
After the Blackout, helicopters did not work. About eleven years after the Blackout, the Monroe Republic began an effort to gather all of the modern military equipment it could find.
In the Plains Nation, however, most of it was left untouched. Several derilect Hueys and an AH-1 Cobra attack helicopter were seen parked around Fort Hanson, Colorado. It is interesting to note that these were still painted in Vietnam-era camouflage instead of the current dark green or gray.
Bell UH-1 Iroquois
A United States Army UH-1B or C 'Huey' helicopter gunship was found by the Monroe Militia and then transported using slave labor. ("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.
The Monroe Militia is known to have 6 helicopters and only 4 have been shown flying. At least half of these appear to be UH-1D models. Several are gunships, mounting a mixture of miniguns, machine guns, grenade launchers, and rocket pods. The one that carries the Pendant Amplifier is fitted with two 7-shot rocket pods and two M-60 door-mounted machine guns. One Huey was seen with the mounting hardware for such weapons, but the guns themselves were absent. It is interesting to note that so far there are no helicopters being used for medical evacuation of wounded personnel.
The Militia has erased the U.S. Army identification on the helicopters and has replaced them with Monroe Republic insignias. It is likely that they plan to do the same modifications to other vehicles and pieces of powered military equipment scavenged from the United States armed forces. They began to collect all vehicles that they could find about eleven years after the Blackout.
It is interesting that the Monroe Militia has chosen to use the older Bell UH-1 Iroquois for their helicopter cavalry considering that there are much more modern armed helicopters. A reason for this may be that 13,000 UH-1s were produced for the US and her allies during the Cold War, thus making it easier to find parts. The UH-1 is also easy to repair and upgrade. A major drawback to the Huey design is that it is practically unarmored, and thus very vulnerable; large numbers were shot down by small arms fire during the Vietnam War. Currently, the UH-1 has been phased out of the U.S. Army and is being upgraded to the UH-1Y Venom variant in the Marine Corps. Monroe mentioned that he had an interest in utilizing UH-60 Blackhawk helicopters as well.
Neville was given command of the Huey squadron, using several gunships to decimate Rebel encampments, first in West Chester, Pennsylvania and later in other places. After the Rebels were defeated, Monroe wanted to use his new air cavalry to spearhead an assault on the other republics, starting with Georgia. When two Huey gunships attacked the main Rebellion headquarters in Annapolis, Maryland, the Rebels responded first with small-arms fire, which was mostly innefective. The Huey that carried the Pendant amplifier was then shot down with a missile launcher by Danny, causing the other one to lose power and crash as well.
Later, two Hueys were used on a propaganda mission, dropping leaflets over Atlanta, capital of the Georgia Federation . They warned of an imminent nuclear attack should President Foster not surrender by midnight. When Monroe decided to occupy the town of Jasper, Indiana, several Hueys transported his troops there. When he was wounded in a firefight by Captain Dixon, he was forced to use one as a rudimentary medivac. Later, they were used to spearhead an expedition into the Plains Nation to reach the Tower.
It appears that the Georgia Federation has a few Hueys as well. They appear to be UH-1D troop transports. They are painted overall medium green with the insignia of the Federation on the side. One was re-activated by John Sanborn's amplifier and used by Miles Matheson to transport his companions to the Tower.
The remains of what appears to be a Sikorsky VH-3 Sea King sits on the front lawn of the White House . This could very easily be Marine 1, abandoned after the Blackout.
- Strangely, the Revolution interactive map and several other NBC sources refer to the helicopters in Nobody's Fault But Mine as Blackhawks, even though they are obviously Bell UH-1 Iroqouis. The reason for this is unknown.
- The reason that the UH-1 Iroquois is referred to as a Huey dates back to the early 1960s, where the phonetic designation for those used by the Marine Corps was HU-1E.
- It is interesting to note that the distance between Philidephia and Atlanta is about 780 miles. This is much farther than the Huey's maximum range of 315 miles. Knowing this, it is likely that they refueled before leaving the Monroe Republic.