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Cal Fire Super Huey performing a water drop from a fixed tank.

The UH-1H, also known as the Super Huey, is a helicopter used by fire services. The UH-1H is used in a variety of roles ranging from search-and-rescue to medivac to fire suppression.

The UH-1H was one of the most produced military helicopters in history. A large number of these helicopters became available as surplus. Their reliability and payload capacity made them prime choices for conversion to firefighting use.


Note that these stats are based on the variant used by Cal Fire.

  • Manufacturer: Bell Helicopters
  • Crew: One pilot, two fire captains, eight firefighters
  • Payload: Bucket operations - 324 gallons (1,226 l) of water/foam; Fixed tank - 360 gallons (1,362 l) of water/foam.
  • Gross Weight: 10,500 pounds (4,762 kg)
  • Cruise Speed: 126 mph (202 kph)
  • Range: 250 miles (400 km)
  • Endurance: 2 hours
  • Rotor Diameter: 48 feet (14.6 m)
  • Engines: Turbine Lycoming T-53-703 (1800 HP)