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DAYTON, Ohio -- Bell UH-1P Iroquois at the National Museum of the United States Air Force. (U.S. Air Force photo)

DAYTON, Ohio -- Bell UH-1P Iroquois at the National Museum of the United States Air Force. (U.S. Air Force photo)

DAYTON, Ohio -- Bell UH-1P Iroquois at the National Museum of the United States Air Force. (U.S. Air Force photo)

DAYTON, Ohio -- Bell UH-1P Iroquois at the National Museum of the United States Air Force. (U.S. Air Force photo)

DAYTON, Ohio -- Bell UH-1P Iroquois at the National Museum of the United States Air Force. (U.S. Air Force photo)

DAYTON, Ohio -- Bell UH-1P Iroquois at the National Museum of the United States Air Force. (U.S. Air Force photo)

DAYTON, Ohio - Bell UH-1P Iroquois on display at the National Museum of the United States Air Force. (U.S. Air Force photo)

DAYTON, Ohio - Bell UH-1P Iroquois on display at the National Museum of the United States Air Force. (U.S. Air Force photo)

DAYTON, Ohio - Bell UH-1P Iroquois exhibit on display in the Southeast Asia War Gallery at the National Museum of the United States Air Force. (U.S. Air Force photo)

DAYTON, Ohio - Bell UH-1P Iroquois exhibit on display in the Southeast Asia War Gallery at the National Museum of the United States Air Force. (U.S. Air Force photo)

DAYTON, Ohio - Bell UH-1P Iroquois exhibit on display in the Southeast Asia War Gallery at the National Museum of the United States Air Force. (U.S. Air Force photo)

DAYTON, Ohio - Bell UH-1P Iroquois exhibit on display in the Southeast Asia War Gallery at the National Museum of the United States Air Force. (U.S. Air Force photo)

DAYTON, Ohio -- Secret War: Green Hornets, Dust Devils and Blackbirds exhibit on display in the Southeast Asia War Gallery at the National Museum of the United States Air Force. (U.S. Air Force photo by Ken LaRock)

DAYTON, Ohio -- Secret War: Green Hornets, Dust Devils and Blackbirds exhibit on display in the Southeast Asia War Gallery at the National Museum of the United States Air Force. (U.S. Air Force photo by Ken LaRock)

DAYTON, Ohio -- Secret War: Green Hornets, Dust Devils and Blackbirds exhibit on display in the Southeast Asia War Gallery at the National Museum of the United States Air Force. (U.S. Air Force photo by Ken LaRock)

DAYTON, Ohio -- Secret War: Green Hornets, Dust Devils and Blackbirds exhibit on display in the Southeast Asia War Gallery at the National Museum of the United States Air Force. (U.S. Air Force photo by Ken LaRock)

DAYTON, Ohio -- Secret War: Green Hornets, Dust Devils and Blackbirds exhibit on display in the Southeast Asia War Gallery at the National Museum of the United States Air Force. (U.S. Air Force photo by Ken LaRock)

DAYTON, Ohio -- Secret War: Green Hornets, Dust Devils and Blackbirds exhibit on display in the Southeast Asia War Gallery at the National Museum of the United States Air Force. (U.S. Air Force photo by Ken LaRock)

DAYTON, Ohio -- Secret War: Green Hornets, Dust Devils and Blackbirds exhibit on display in the Southeast Asia War Gallery at the National Museum of the United States Air Force. (U.S. Air Force photo by Ken LaRock)
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DAYTON, Ohio -- Secret War: Green Hornets, Dust Devils and Blackbirds exhibit on display in the Southeast Asia War Gallery at the National Museum of the United States Air Force. (U.S. Air Force photo by Ken LaRock)

DAYTON, Ohio -- Secret War: Green Hornets, Dust Devils and Blackbirds exhibit on display in the Southeast Asia War Gallery at the National Museum of the United States Air Force. (U.S. Air Force photo by Ken LaRock)
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DAYTON, Ohio -- Secret War: Green Hornets, Dust Devils and Blackbirds exhibit on display in the Southeast Asia War Gallery at the National Museum of the United States Air Force. (U.S. Air Force photo by Ken LaRock)

DAYTON, Ohio -- Secret War: Green Hornets, Dust Devils and Blackbirds exhibit on display in the Southeast Asia War Gallery at the National Museum of the United States Air Force. (U.S. Air Force photo by Ken LaRock)
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DAYTON, Ohio -- Secret War: Green Hornets, Dust Devils and Blackbirds exhibit on display in the Southeast Asia War Gallery at the National Museum of the United States Air Force. (U.S. Air Force photo by Ken LaRock)

DAYTON, Ohio -- Secret War: Green Hornets, Dust Devils and Blackbirds exhibit on display in the Southeast Asia War Gallery at the National Museum of the United States Air Force. (U.S. Air Force photo by Ken LaRock)
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DAYTON, Ohio -- Secret War: Green Hornets, Dust Devils and Blackbirds exhibit on display in the Southeast Asia War Gallery at the National Museum of the United States Air Force. (U.S. Air Force photo by Ken LaRock)

DAYTON, Ohio -- Secret War: Green Hornets, Dust Devils and Blackbirds exhibit on display in the Southeast Asia War Gallery at the National Museum of the United States Air Force. (U.S. Air Force photo by Ken LaRock)
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DAYTON, Ohio -- Secret War: Green Hornets, Dust Devils and Blackbirds exhibit on display in the Southeast Asia War Gallery at the National Museum of the United States Air Force. (U.S. Air Force photo by Ken LaRock)

DAYTON, Ohio -- Secret War: Green Hornets, Dust Devils and Blackbirds exhibit on display in the Southeast Asia War Gallery at the National Museum of the United States Air Force. (U.S. Air Force photo by Ken LaRock)
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DAYTON, Ohio -- Secret War: Green Hornets, Dust Devils and Blackbirds exhibit on display in the Southeast Asia War Gallery at the National Museum of the United States Air Force. (U.S. Air Force photo by Ken LaRock)

DAYTON, Ohio -- Leather belt, holster for a .38 caliber pistol, and a survival knife.  Sergeant (later MSgt) Fred Cook, a door gunner with the 20th Special Operations Squadron, wore these items on Lt Fleming’s November 26, 1968, Medal of Honor mission. Mechanic’s cap with the 20th SOS Green Hornet printed on the visor and front.  It belonged to Fred Cook but was not worn on the Medal of Honor mission.  These items are on display in the Southeast Asia War Gallery at the National Museum of the United States Air Force. (U.S. Air Force photo by Ken LaRock)
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DAYTON, Ohio -- Leather belt, holster for a .38 caliber pistol, and a survival knife. Sergeant (later MSgt) Fred Cook, a door gunner with the 20th Special Operations Squadron, wore these items on Lt Fleming’s November 26, 1968, Medal of Honor mission. Mechanic’s cap with the 20th SOS Green Hornet printed on the visor and front. It belonged to Fred Cook but was not worn on the Medal of Honor mission. These items are on display in the Southeast Asia War Gallery at the National Museum of the United States Air Force. (U.S. Air Force photo by Ken LaRock)

DAYTON, Ohio -- Mechanic’s cap with the 20th SOS Green Hornet printed on the visor and front.  It belonged to SSgt. Fred Cook but was not worn on the Medal of Honor mission.  These items are on display in the Southeast Asia War Gallery at the National Museum of the United States Air Force. (U.S. Air Force photo by Ken LaRock)
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DAYTON, Ohio -- Mechanic’s cap with the 20th SOS Green Hornet printed on the visor and front. It belonged to SSgt. Fred Cook but was not worn on the Medal of Honor mission. These items are on display in the Southeast Asia War Gallery at the National Museum of the United States Air Force. (U.S. Air Force photo by Ken LaRock)

DAYTON, Ohio -- MSgt. (Ret.) Fred Cook stands in front of the Secret War diorama in the Southeast Asia War Gallery at the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force on Sept. 15, 2016. Cook served his second tour in Southeast Asia  with the 20th SOS "Green Hornets" at Nha Trang and Ban Me Thout, Vietnam. He was the right door gunner on the 26 Nov 1968 mission that is depicted in the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force’s UH-1P, 20th SOS “Green Hornets,” legacy diorama display. He was awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross for Valor for his part in this mission.(U.S. Air Force photo by Ken LaRock)
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DAYTON, Ohio -- MSgt. (Ret.) Fred Cook stands in front of the Secret War diorama in the Southeast Asia War Gallery at the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force on Sept. 15, 2016. Cook served his second tour in Southeast Asia with the 20th SOS "Green Hornets" at Nha Trang and Ban Me Thout, Vietnam. He was the right door gunner on the 26 Nov 1968 mission that is depicted in the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force’s UH-1P, 20th SOS “Green Hornets,” legacy diorama display. He was awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross for Valor for his part in this mission.(U.S. Air Force photo by Ken LaRock)

DAYTON, Ohio -- SSgt. Paul Jensen stands in front of the Secret War diorama in the Southeast Asia War Gallery at the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force on Sept. 15, 2016. From 1967 to 1971, he served in the U.S. Air Force with duties as Helicopter Tech/door gunner. Served combat tours in Vietnam from 1968 to 1969 and 1970-1971with the 20th SOS “Green Hornets” as a Sgt. (E-4) Flight Mechanic/Gunner on UH-1F/P “slicks.” Jensen was the left door gunner on the 26 Nov 1968 mission that is depicted in the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force’s UH-1P, 20th SOS “Green Hornets,” legacy diorama display. He was awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross for Valor for his part in this mission.U.S. Air Force photo by Ken LaRock)
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DAYTON, Ohio -- SSgt. Paul Jensen stands in front of the Secret War diorama in the Southeast Asia War Gallery at the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force on Sept. 15, 2016. From 1967 to 1971, he served in the U.S. Air Force with duties as Helicopter Tech/door gunner. Served combat tours in Vietnam from 1968 to 1969 and 1970-1971with the 20th SOS “Green Hornets” as a Sgt. (E-4) Flight Mechanic/Gunner on UH-1F/P “slicks.” Jensen was the left door gunner on the 26 Nov 1968 mission that is depicted in the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force’s UH-1P, 20th SOS “Green Hornets,” legacy diorama display. He was awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross for Valor for his part in this mission.U.S. Air Force photo by Ken LaRock)

DAYTON, Ohio -- (From left to right) SSgt. Paul Jensen, Capt. Randy Harrison, MSgt.(Ret.) Fred Cook stand in front of the Secret War diorama in the Southeast Asia War Gallery at the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force on Sept. 15, 2016. These veterans took part in the 26 Nov 1968 mission that is depicted in the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force’s UH-1P, 20th SOS “Green Hornets,” legacy diorama display. (U.S. Air Force photo by Ken LaRock)
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DAYTON, Ohio -- (From left to right) SSgt. Paul Jensen, Capt. Randy Harrison, MSgt.(Ret.) Fred Cook stand in front of the Secret War diorama in the Southeast Asia War Gallery at the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force on Sept. 15, 2016. These veterans took part in the 26 Nov 1968 mission that is depicted in the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force’s UH-1P, 20th SOS “Green Hornets,” legacy diorama display. (U.S. Air Force photo by Ken LaRock)

The UH-1 evolved from a 1955 U.S. Army competition for a new utility helicopter. The Army employed it in various roles, including that of an armed escort or attack gunship in Vietnam. The initial Army designation was HU-1, which led to the common unofficial nickname of "Huey." All U.S. armed services adopted the model as did several other countries, and it was redesignated in 1962 as the UH-1 under a triservice agreement. The USAF ordered the UH-1F Huey in the early 1960s for support duties at missile sites, and TH-1F variants for instrument and hoist training and medical evacuation.

The USAF later ordered more capable versions of the Huey. The HH-1H incorporated a longer fuselage and larger cargo area. The USAF ordered these in 1970 as local base rescue helicopters to replace the HH-43 Huskie. The first of the USAF's UH-1Ns, a twin-engine utility version capable of cruising on one engine, was obtained in 1970.

The Huey on display served in South Vietnam with the 20th Special Operations Squadron flying dangerous, highly-classified missions inserting special operations personnel into Laos and Cambodia. In June 1969, it was converted into a UH-1P gunship equipped with two rocket pods and two miniguns.

The museum's UH-1P is configured and painted to appear as the UH-1F flown by Capt. Jim Fleming on Nov. 26, 1968. On this day, he braved intense enemy fire to rescue a small reconnaissance team that was about to be overrun by a much larger enemy force. For his bravery, Fleming was awarded the Medal of Honor.

TECHNICAL NOTES:
Armament: Two 7.62mm M60 machine guns
Engine: General Electric T-58 of 1,070 shaft hp
Maximum speed: 140 mph
Cruising speed: 115 mph
Range: 330 miles
Ceiling: 24,830 ft.
Rotor diameter: 48 ft.
Overall length: 57'1" ft.
Height: 14 ft. 11 in.
Weight: 9,000 maximum

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