Bell UH-1H Iroquois
US Army serial no. 69-15923 (displayed as NZ3800) (Manufacturer's no. AAB 12211)
Six UH-1D helicopters were purchased in 1965 and were delivered to New Zealand by RNZAF C-130 Hercules transport aircraft during 1966, and were allocated to No. 3 Battlefield Support Squadron at Hobsonville. Nine UH-1H helicopters were later delivered in 1970. The Iroquois is still in service today with No. 3 Squadron based at Ohakea, but are being gradually replaced by the NH90. These helicopters
are widely used in support of Army training, search and rescue, and have deployed overseas to Singapore, Bougainville, East Timor and Solomon Islands, as well as
deployments to Antarctica.
This aircraft on display at the Museum was donated by the US Army. Manufactured in 1970 it was initially assigned to the 507th Medical Company in Texas as a medical evacuation aircraft. It also served with the 163rd Aviation Company in Kentucky, and with the 5th Aviation detachment in Holland.
In 1992 the aircraft moved to the 207th Aviation Company in Heidelberg, Germany as a VIP transport. When the United States started its withdrawal from Germany in 1994, the aircraft was put on the disposal list, having flown a total of 4,852 hours. In 1995 it was offered to the Air Force Museum and was given the display identity of NZ3800 and was painted in the camouflage scheme in RNZAF use at that time. This aircraft is on display in the Aircraft Hall.