UH1B Iriquios Helicopter

UH1B Iriquois Helicopter

The Hughes or Huey, Utility Helicopter (IRIQUOIS) is synonymous with the Vietnam War, and the SAS Historical Collection is very fortunate to have one included in its Vietnam era display. This particular aircraft, a Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) B model started service on 8 January 1965 and crashed in South Vietnam on 6 June 1967. This aircraft supported 1 SAS Squadron in Vietnam during their first tour, mainly inserting and extracting patrols and it was returned to Australia for repair assessment at Point Cook Victoria in 1967. It was acquired by SASR for display purposes in 1999 and lovingly restored to its Vietnam era livery and display status by former members of 9 Squadron RAAF who maintain a close link with their SAS Vietnam War colleagues. The Huey display shows two sides to the aircraft’s role in Vietnam. On one side it illustrates casualty evacuation by winch and litter and the other side demonstrates how an SAS patrol would insert from the Huey into a small clearing or Landing Zone.