Designed as the Model 204, the Bell UH-1 Iroquois was the first turboshaft- powered helicopter to enter large scale production, universally nicknamed “HUEY” after its initial pre 1962- HU-1 designation. About 7000 hueys served in the Vietnam War: as a troop transporter (slicks), for close air support (gunships) and for medical evacuation (medevac/ dustoff).
The Huey helicopter that was repurposed for the Take Me Home Huey sculpture was a U.S. Army Helicopter Model: UH-1H, Model 205 Bell Iroquois helicopter with the tail number/serial number 67-17174. We call it Huey #174.
We were able to trace the history of this aircraft from the beginning of its military service in 1968; serving U.S. Army units in the United States, Thailand, Vietnam, and South Korea.
The timeline below follows the journey of huey #174 until its military career ended after a training accident in Florida in 1997 which damaged the aircraft irreparably and it was deposited at an aircraft surplus company in Arizona.
In February 2014 the aircraft was acquired by Light Horse Legacy for Maloney’s Take Me Home Huey Project and restored for the following eight months.
Researching the Vietnam War and interviewing veterans during the course of the film production helped shape the creative concepts that Steve completed end of 2015.
After concluding traveling the transformed helicopter to events and exhibits from 2015 until 2017 the Take Me Home Huey sculpture was donated to the Palm Springs Air Museum where it is on permanent display.