Eagle: Colo. Guard retires last of its ‘Huey’ helicopters | VailDaily.com

Eagle: Colo. Guard retires last of its ‘Huey’ helicopters

EAGLE, Colo. – The Colorado Army National Guard will formally retire the last of its Bell UH-1 “Huey” helicopters at its high-altitude training site near Vail.

The helicopters will perform a ceremonial fly-by at the High Altitude Army Training Site on Tuesday.

The UH-1s first flew in 1956 and were used heavily in the Vietnam War. The Army is phasing them out in favor of the faster, more powerful UH-60 Blackhawk.

The Colorado Guard has been flying Hueys since the 1970s and has five left. In Colorado, they’ve been used for rescues, humanitarian assistance and firefighting.

Huey crews conducted search-and-rescue missions during the 1976 Big Thompson Canyon flood, which killed 145 people and caused $41 million in damage.

They have also ferried hay to cattle during Colorado blizzards.

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