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Taiwan Retires 49-year-old UH-1H

Taiwan Retires 49-year-old UH-1H 30 October, 2019

The Republic of China Army retired its UH-1H fleet today and declared the UH-60M fleet fully operational. A ceremony was held at Tai Chung Lung Hsiang base to mark the event.

The UH-1H utility helicopter was in service for military training or in the relief operations of mountain rescue and natural disasters. Army Aviation Special Operations Command held a "de-settlement ceremony" on the 30th of this month due to the absence of parts and shortage of spare parts. Its air transportation and emergency air rescue missions will be carried out by UH- 60M Black Hawk helicopter.

 The decommissioned UH-1H utility helicopter will not be scrapped. To cooperate with the national foreign policy, the Ministry of National Defence has donated 9 UH-1H helicopters from Guatemala, Paraguay, Honduras and Burkina Faso since 2008.

UH-1H was produced by the US military during the Vietnam War. It was built in Taiwan and cooperated with American Bell Company in Taiwan. The total number reached 118. After the first production in 1970, the production and delivery were completed in 1976. The last UH-1H helicopter produced in Taiwan has been up to 43 years old. The UH-1 helicopter was officially named "Iroquois" (called the Iroquois tribe of one of the North American aboriginal tribes) according to the American military naming tradition.

Taiwan Retires 49-year-old UH-1H

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