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Helicopter Fun Facts for Harvey, LA
Bell Helicopters built 10,005 Hueys from 1957 to 1975. Prior to 1957 there were three XH-40 prototypes and six YH-1B test helicopters manufactured. Of the 10,005 production Huey's the first 732 were designated HU-1A and HU-1B. 9,216 of these went to the US Army, 79 to the US Air Force, 42 to the Navy, and 127 to the Marine Corps. The rest went to other countries.
The total helicopter pilots killed in the Vietnam War was 2,202. Total non-pilot crew members was 2,704. Based on a database from the Pentagon we estimate that over 40,000 helicopter pilots served in the Vietnam War.
Helicopter History for Harvey, LA
Unlike most other aircraft, the helicopter is much a smaller aircraft yet more powerful and is extremely maneuverable - and of course helicopter pilots have to be extremely skilled to be able to get a license!