Lot 315 - 1971 Agusta Bell 204b 'Huey'
|Result||Sold - £15,680|
The Bell UH-1 Iroquois powered by a single turboshaft engine, with two-bladed main and tail rotors. It was developed by Bell Helicopter to meet the US Army's requirement for a medical evacuation and utility helicopter in 1952 and it first flew on 20 October 1956. Ordered into production in March 1960, the HU-1 was the first turbine-powered helicopter to enter production for the United States military, and more than 16,000 have been produced worldwide. Famous for its missions during the Vietnam War., the original designation of HU-1 led to the helicopter's nickname of Huey. In September 1962, the designation was changed to UH-1, but 'Huey' remained in common use.
Powered by a Lycoming YT53-L-1 engine producing 700shp, the shaft driven tail rotor gave the UH-1 excellent power to weight ratio allowing it to carry useful payloads over long distances. As presented today, this Agusta Bell was built under license by the Italian firm, Agusta, for use in both civil and military environments and, from its markings; it would appear to have been used as a trainer by the Italian army. The fuselage is complete as is the interior although the avionics are missing. The main rotors are still attached to the drive shaft feeding through the gearbox and the all-important shaft connecting to the tail rotors is still in situ. It is reported to have not been in service for over 20 years and, at present, is very much a museum piece however, with no small amount of work, this classic piece of modern military history could, once again, take to the skies.
Interested parties may like to know that transport of this lot is available within a 20 mile radius of Brooklands for £950. Further distances by negotiation with Keith Williams at www.tomatoplant.co.uk on 01753 651602.
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