Bell UH-1H Iroquois (Huey) Gunship - Callsign 'Bushranger' in Australian
Army service, ca 1996. Later versions had single MAG-58 GPMGs instead of
Bell UH-1D Iroquois (Huey) Helicopter in 'Slick' configuration (ie
Troop transport without armament) in Air Force service ca 1985. (No tail
boom strakes, No exhaust deflector, No GPS antenna, etc).
Giclee print on archival paper
Size as requested by customer
"The Bell Iroquois UH-1H (Utility Helicopter
Project Number 1 Mark H) was the RAAF and Australian Army's primary
troop transport helicopter and gunship for three decades supplementing
the Chinook. It was later replaced by the Black
Hawk as primary troop transport.
Providing sterling service in Vietnam, they were finally retired
from service in 2007.
"The prints shown at left are examples of different configurations
for different operations. A customer may order a particular version of a
print and request a specific tail number or configuration and may ask
for different crests or images to be included. For more information, go
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A3 size 297 x 420mm - $60.00
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A Royal Australian Air Force 'B' Model Huey with twin M-60Cs and forward
firing M-60s and 2.75" FFAR in launcher.
The photo was taken in March 1968 at which time, D-Model Hueys were
being introduced including the 'standard' Gunship configuration See pic
below of 'D' Model Iroquois). The B Models were outmatched by the D
Models and soon this configuration was superseded.
Here is the info from the AWM Website
Vietnam. 1968-03. Starboard view of No. 9 Squadron RAAF Iroquois
helicopter gunship, UH-1B A2-1025, commonly known as "Ned Kelly". This
aircraft was the first RAAF helicopter to be fitted with a trial
armament system which was fitted to each side of the helicopter. The
armament system included a XM 157 airborne rocket pod containing seven
2.75 inch Folding Fin Aircraft Rockets, twin side mounted M60 C machine
guns (mini-guns) which were capable of firing 6000 rounds of 7.62mm
ammunition and twin door-mounted M60 machine guns which fired 400 rounds
of ammunition. (Donor DepAir file 417/5/48 Pt1)
http://cas.awm.gov.au/photograph/P01999.003 accessed 15 Sep 08
This is the 'standard' configuration of the Bushranger Gunships
which lasted until the late '90s when the M-60s were replaced by the
Belgian-made MAG-58 7.62mm GPMG. The Gunships were retired in 2004 and
replaced by the ARH Tiger.
Here is the information from the Australian War Memorial:
An unidentified UH-IH Iroquois Bushranger helicopter gunship of 9
Squadron, RAAF, which has landed at an unknown fire support base (FSB)
in Phuoc Tuy Province. The rows of steel ammunition boxes on the floor
of the cargo area behind the cockpit, hold thousands of rounds of 7.62mm
x 51mm ammunition which feeds the electrically operated M134 six
barrelled minigun, mounted outboard between the cargo hold and the
pilot's door. Note the flexible ammunition feed chute and the red shroud
protecting the minigun barrels. A pair of M60 machine guns with 1000
rounds of ammunition per gun, are mounted on a pintle post, at the rear
of the cargo hold and are used by a designated door gunner. Note the
door gunner's body armour and flight helmet on the seat behind the twin
guns. Fitted below the waist guns is a seven barrelled rocket launcher,
with each tube containing a 2.75 inch rocket. Identical weaponry is also
fitted to the other side of the aircraft. The standard cargo hook and
the rescue hoist, seen on most other UH-1H Iroquois has been removed.