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Happily — another Huey has a home

18 August 2014

Happily — another Huey has a home

27° 14′ 34″ N / 80° 49′ 49″ W

Like many of the smaller towns in the United States Okeechobee City (Florida) takes a keen interest honoring its citizens who have served in the military — with special care to recall those who perished while on duty. Okeechobee’s Veteran’s Park periodically gains an addition and the most recent was observed this month, a venerable Huey (Bell UH-1 Iroquois). We are uncertain of the model though it appears to be a Delta model at the earliest with is longer cabin — though it has a powerful rescue hoist on the pilot’s side.

Huey in Okeechobee — photo by Joseph May

Bell UH-1 Iroquois “Huey” now in Okeechobee City FL — photo by Joseph May

Huey in Okeechobee — photo by Joseph May

The Huey’s profile — photo by Joseph May

Huey in Okeechobee — photo by Joseph May

The Huey’s copilot station with all instrumentation in place — photo by Joseph May

Huey in Okeechobee — photo by Joseph May

The Huey’s pilot seat showing the interior is in excellent condition — photo by Joseph May

Huey in Okeechobee — photo by Joseph May

This Huey’s rescue hoist and rescue motor housing (bulge to the rear of the pilot’s overhead window) — photo by Joseph May

Huey in Okeechobee — photo by Joseph May

An angle best showing the hoist detail of this Huey — photo by Joseph May

Huey in Okeechobee — photo by Joseph May

Huey in Okeechobee City FL with Veterans Memorial in the background — photo by Joseph May

Huey in Okeechobee — photo by Joseph May

The anticollision light located above the engine’s exhaust — photo by Joseph May

Huey in Okeechobee — photo by Joseph May

The left side skid front with in-built step (to cockpit) and tie down ring — photo by Joseph May

Huey in Okeechobee — photo by Joseph May

The Huey’s six o’clock sans both rotors — photo by Joseph May

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6 Comments leave one →
  1. 18 August 2014 11:50

    We do hope the good folks of Okeechobee plan to put the main rotors and tail rotor back on this classic Vietnam-era whirly-bird. It looks naked without them!

    • travelforaircraft permalink*
      18 August 2014 17:08

      I agree–the Huey does have an embarrassed look to it 😉

  2. 18 August 2014 14:10

    As an artist, I probably shouldn’t be doing this…and if you agree, please feel free to delete the message…Art Criticism is not my forte…but creating it is.

    As a patriotic American citizen, I shall __always__ be in awe of ANYONE who appreciates / honors / commemorates / celebrates / pays tribute to / pays homage to / honors / salutes (swiped from Webster!) those who gave and gave their all for this spectacular country of ours!… the Committee who paid this tribute is 7/8 of the way home!

    My critique..and in this case, my humble opinion only; is this …..The Huey, (without its embellishment / empennage) is a spectacular piece of sculpture in itself. Its shape is aerodynamic without embellishment, equally powerful always suggestive of flying.

    In 20/20 hindsight, I would have set the craft 20 ft higher from the concrete and angled it downward in the front, suggesting that moment of rotation (angle-moment) when it’s rear end lifts quickly……implying it being lifted by a higher power to escape the ‘ surly bounds of earth”; a quick departure with souls aboard.

    There are always more than two ways to look at things I guess! Add _or_Subtract!!…but it’s always sculpture…visualize the side view with nothing attached to it…..its a beautiful (motionless while flying at the same time) shape…

    Whomever the helicopter designer was, they sure had _some_ artist/sculptor in them!! Proof ? The current issue of Air&Space has a story (pg.38).. Look at the beautiful simplicity of the A-12 blackbird!…Simplicity might be the reason theVietnam War memorial is loved by many…easy to understand and simple while getting the point across immediately….

    In any case…CONGRATULATIONS to__ ALL in Okeechobee__ who facilitated thIs GREAT contribution!

    • travelforaircraft permalink*
      18 August 2014 17:11

      As I always I learn from you insight. I agree with your display idea since a static display does not have to look static (see my post on the Vietnam Veterans in Tampa). Helicopters to me have always reminded be of insects and the Huey reminds me of a beetle. Joe

  3. Paul Yates permalink
    1 March 2015 23:10

    Looks just like the four USAF HH-1H Huey’s that we had at Little Rock AFB Arkansas. I believe we had a total of 31 spread out throught the U.S. supporting the missile wings. We at Little Rock supported the 308 Strategic Missile Wing which had 18 Titan II missiles. They were also used for Rescue and Recovery. Here one of our after it was retired to the Hill AFB Museum in Utah: http://www.helis.com/database/cn/12582/

    • travelforaircraft permalink*
      3 March 2015 21:41

      Nice photo and a nice website.

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