UH-1: A history of the Huey at Yokota
YOKOTA AIR BASE, Japan -- Over half a century ago, the Bell Huey family of helicopters entered the Department of Defense inventory. The iconic helicopter became a symbol for the war in Vietnam, where the helicopter was a vital part of troop movements.
The UH-1 Iroquois first entered the Air Force inventory in 1964 and was used for Strategic Air Command missile support. The UH-1N model was brought into service in 1970 and one year later, the UH-1N's arrived at Yokota. Since then, these helicopters have provided humanitarian support, DV missions, and search and rescue capabilities.
Yokota also uses the UH-1N to conduct bilateral training missions. Maintenance for the old, but reliable helicopters falls to the 374th Maintenance Group who ensures they continue to fly safely during any kind of mission.