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  • US Air Force UH-1N
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  • US Air Force UH-1N
  • US Air Force UH-1N


The Twin Huey entered the Air Force inventory in 1970 to provide search and rescue capabilities but soon expanded to include missile sites support, VIP and air adviser operations. They are assigned worldwide and eventually replaced both the HH-1H and UH-1F single engine Iroquois

68-10772/10776 : UH-1N : c/n 31001/31005
69-6600/6670 : UH-1N : c/n 31006/31076
69-7536/7538 : UH-1N : c/n 31077/31079

70-15650/15699 : Canadians CH-135 : c/n 32001/50
73-22054/22055 : Tunisia UH-1N : c/n 31442/43

On August 1st 2014, the 3 remaining squadrons flying the UH-1N in support of the USAF intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM) force ( 37th HS, 40th HS and 54th HS ) were merge into a single unified command, based at FE Warren AFB, Wyoming named 20th Air Force Helicopter Operations Group (20th AF HOG).

Replacement:

On 2011, with 62 of them still in service, USAF launches a competitive bidding process for a 93 new helicopters request known as the Common vertical lift support platform ( CVLSP ) programme. The five most likely helicopters competing are at least 50% larger than the UH-1N, ranging from the 6,800kg AgustaWestland AW139M to the 22,700kg Boeing HH-47. Falling in between are the Bell UH-1Y, Sikorsky UH-60M and the Eurocopter EC725. But the CVLSP was killed in the Pentagon fiscal 2013 budget proposal and USAF meant to received up to 30 recently retired ex USMC UH-1Ns and a program to modernize all surviving aircraft was expected to begin by 2015.

In 2014, the Air Force Requirements Oversight Council (AFROC) recommended replacing the UH-1N with US Army UH-60A Black Hawk by upgrade them to the L variant at an estimated cost of $10 million per aircraft. Known as UH-60A2L program, 62 UH-1Ns have to be replace by 72 Black Hawks for $980 million with expected initial deliveries by September 2017 and continue into the early 2020s.

As of 2017, new candidates includes the HH-60U ( allegedly 85% similar to the HH-60W ) and the MH-139



One unidentified UH-1N was lost in training on 1973 at Brass Key II near Fort Bragg
The 72nd HD that was stationed at Langley FL Virginia. The unit was responsible for transportation in support of the Dare County range.range support was the primary mission of the squad on and we typically flew missions to Seymour Johnson AFB then over to the range, we would do off the person ell, fly over to Dare County, fuel, have lunch, then reverse the tip. The secondary mission was via support for ACC HQ. This generally entailed flying O7s and above to the Pentagon and back. We had 6 aircraft assigned,I believe 4 PA and 2 BA UH-1Ns. The ba aircraft came from the deactivated Ramstein unit in 93.The squadron was under the 1st Fighter Wing.the unit was deactivated in 95 o 96.


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USAF VIP UH-1N Recovered F-16 Ejected Pilot, 15-Apr-17 : USAF’s 1st Helicopter Squadron UH-1N Huey from Andrews AFB, normally involved in VIP duties, recovered the downed pilot during the F-16 Fighting Falcon crash incident

Boeing Proposes AW139 to Replace USAF UH-1N, 02-Mar-17 : Boeing selects the AgustaWesland AW139 built in Philadelphia as the MH-139 for the US Air Force tender of up to 84 helicopters to replace the UH-1N Huey

Fifth Air Force Commander Takes UH-1N Course, 13-Apr-16 : USAF has a tradition of encouraging command leadership to take pilot courses on the aircraft that support their mission. PACAF 5 AF Commander take the key staff course and fly the UH-1N helicopter

Yokota AFB UH-1N New Rescue Hoists, 02-Mar-16 : USAF 459th Airlift Squadron (459th AS) based at Yokota AFB, Japan,outfitted two of their UH-1N Hueys with new rescue hoists, improving their search and rescue capabilities

USAF Aircraft Mechanics Keep UH-1N Flying, 05-Oct-15 : The safety and mission effectiveness of the 37th Helicopter Squadron relies heavily on the mechanics whose contributions go beyond basic maintenance, which keep the squadron’s helicopters in flight.

USAF 54th HS Global Strike Challenge Team, 11-Aug-15 : Four Airmen from the 54th Helicopter Squadron and two from the Tactical Response Force were selected to represent Minot Air Force Base in the 2015 Global Strike Challenge helicopter competition.

USAF 40th HS Makes their 408th Rescue, 08-Jul-15 : A UH-1N Huey helicopter crew assigned to the 40th Helicopter Squadron rescued an injured female hiker on July 5th marking the 408th save for the 40th HS.

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