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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.

Stats[]

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)
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