Vietnam vets join 21st Cav aviators for Hueys' final lift at Hood | Article | The United States Army

FORT HOOD, Texas (Aug. 21, 2012) — Iconic, dependable, reliable, tough, a workhorse, an air cavalryman’s steed.

All were used to describe the UH-1 Iroquois, affectionately known as the “Huey,” during its retirement ceremony, Aug. 18, at Robert Grey Army Airfield, when the 21st Cavalry Brigade (Air Combat) conducted a ceremonial airlift with the final three UH-1s remaining in the active-duty Army.

At the end of August, 21st Cav. Bde. Commander Col. Neil Hersey said those Hueys will be flown to, and retired with Army Aviation and Missile Life Cycle Management Command, AMCOM, which is headquartered at Redstone Arsenal in Huntsville, Ala.

Hersey called the UH-1’s retirement bittersweet.

“It’s an honor to be a part of the ceremony that sends them off appropriately,” he said. “It’s sad because this platform has meant so much to this unit over the years and to the Army as a whole. It really made the helicopter, in Army aviation, the important aspect of Army aviation that it is.”

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Hueys were already mostly out of the tactical troop lift business by the time I joined the Army. But there were still quite a few around. Mind you, that was 27 years ago. I managed to snag a ride or two over the years.

And while Hubert will no longer serve in the Active Army, there are still a lot of other operators out there that have no plans to replace their UH-1s. They get the job done.

6 thoughts on “Vietnam vets join 21st Cav aviators for Hueys' final lift at Hood | Article | The United States Army”

  1. When I was in Warrant Officer Flight Training, Hubert was the one you wanted to get to. You started on him once you were a Senior and when you walked out to Hubert, you knew you had arrived. Just keep your nose clean and Wings and Bar awaited 10 weeks later.

  2. Prior to the last ten years of war, and the positive impact that it has had on army aviation, I would have preferred an air insertion in Hueys flown by Vietnam vets ala my days in The Old Guard to one flown by staid Blackhawk pilots.

    1. The 25th ID pilots drove their Blackhawks like little old grannies in a Chevy Caprice. But we got a hop in some 2ID ‘hawks, and they drove ’em like Ferraris. Quite the difference.

    2. That’s the ride I used to get, but the last couple of years have been amazing. We put the BDE TAC into a small gap in between four buildings on a MOUT training site, I thought we were going to have a rotor strike.

  3. Rode more Huey skids in Viet-Nam on insertion than I can remember, more airborne ops with ’em that taught me that military parachuting didn’t “have” to hurt, and even some free-falls at a couple of the old MWR sport parachute clubs. Hell of an aircraft. Plenty of jumps out of Blackhawks as well and no complaints…..of course I’m only along for 50% of the flight under either circumstance.
    See you in civilian livery Huey….

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