I flew the "A" model with the 57th dustoff in Soc trang 1963 it replaced 13's 23's we loved them even though they were underpowered. it was nice that we had Bell tech's there to provide support. later replaced with the "B" and the new rotor and -9 turbine. BTW the Intrepid Museum in NYC as of today 01/21/16 has a "A" model on the flight deck with a very optumistic spec plaque. 01/21/2016 @ 13:38 [ref: 69437]
John Egan Newcastle, WA
I served in the Army at Ft. Greely, Alaska in 1961 and 62. I was in the Air Section there. We flew support missions for the base which included med evac flights to the army hospital at Ft. Wainright. In late 61 we received a brand new HU-1A bird which replaced our Bell H-13. The aircraft number was 60-3538.
I flew many hours in that chopper as crew chief. My pilot was then Captain Robert Durie. Our "Huey" was a wonderful aircraft and we flew her a lot. Never had a problem. The main unit on the base was the Army Arctic Test Board and they got a "B" model some months after we got our "A" model. Our Huey was still there when I left in September of 62 09/26/2004 @ 03:47 [ref: 8343]