Vietnam War Helicopters (1955-1975) - Rotary-Wing Platforms of the Vietnam Conflict
The helicopter in the Vietnam Conflict certainly came into its own, fulfilling a variety of roles for both sides.Several types of helicopters were used during the Vietnam Conflict- from observation and MEDEVAC to gunships and dedicated attack types. This is alongside the standard troop carrier which also doubled as supply aircraft and artillery transports. Even some drones, like the DASH, were in play for the United States Navy. The American Bell UH-1 Huey is the most famous of the Vietnam helicopter types and proved a workhorse for air cavalry units throughout the war. The attack helicopter - embodied by the HueyCobra, was also used for the first timein warfare. The U.S. Marines liked it enough to adopt it as the SeaCobra.
There are a total of 24 Vietnam War Helicopters (1955-1975) - Rotary-Wing Platforms of the Vietnam Conflict in the Military Factory. Entries are listed below in alphanumeric order (1-to-Z). Flag images indicative of country of origin and not necessarily the primary operator.
The storied Bell AH-1 Cobra attack helicopter rose to prominence during the Vietnam War years and became an entrenched Cold War player.
The Bell AH-1 SeaCobra became a USMC derivative of the original U.S. Army AH-1 HueyCobra attack helicopter with changes implemented to suit the service.
The Bell H-13 Sioux became the militarized evolution of the famous Bell Model 47 line.
The Bell Model 206 Light Utility Helicopter went on to become a commercial success for Bell with over 7,000 examples being built since 1962.
The Bell OH-58 Kiowa light helicopter series has seen a successful operational tenure beginning in the late 1960s.
The UH-1 Huey became the symbol of American involvement in the Vietnam War.
The Bell UH-1 as a helicopter gunship excelled in its given over-battlefield role when pressed into service over Vietnam.
The Boeing CH-47 Chinook tandem-rotor helicopter became a widely-used and widely-exported medium-lift platform for its time - amazingly it remains in service today.
The Boeing Vertol CH-46 Sea Knight is to the United States Marine Corps what the CH-47 Chinook is to the United States Army.
The Gyrodyne H-50 DASH served the U.S. military primarily in the ASW role for a number of decades before becoming a target tug.
Despite its rather simple appearance, the Hiller OH-23 Raven light helicopter line proved reliable even under the wartime stresses of Korea and Vietnam.
The nimble little Hughes OH-6 Cayuse served extensively with US Army forces in the Vietnam War and, in various forms, exists today.
As a dedicated rescue platform, the Kaman HH-43 Huskie helicopter series proved its worth in sorties over Vietnam.
The Kaman SH-2 Seasprite series found a home in the ranks of the United States Navy beginning in late 1962.
The Mil Mi-1 Hare light utility helicopter marked the first Soviet helicopter to enter quantitative production for operational service.
The Mil-produced Mi-4 Hound series of helicopter was in direct response to the US H-19 Chickasaw series, of which it shares outward similarities with.
Use of the Mil Mi-8 Hip was worldwide with the type being utilized in its military and civilian guises.
The awkward-looking Piasecki H-21 Workhorse series of tandem-rotor transport helicopters was aptly-nicknamed the Flying Banana.
Introduced in the mid-1950s, the Sikorsky CH-37 Mojave was used by American forces for a time during the Vietnam War.
The Sikorsky CH-53 Sea Stallion was introduced to American forces in 1966 and still sees active service today in slightly varied forms.
The unique Sikorsky S-64 Skycrane heavy-lift helicopter also spawned a military form in the CH-54 Tarhe for the United States Army.
The Sikorsky H-19 Chickasaw series of multi-purpose helicopter has seen extensive use with forces from all over the globe.
The Sikorsky H-34 Choctaw served with the USAF, US Army, USMC, USN and the USCG during its tenure in American hands.