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UH-1Y 'Venom' Helicopter

UH-1Y Venom Helicopter

The Bell UH-1Y Venom (also called Super Huey) is one of two helicopters that collided near Yuma, Arizona on Feb. 22. It is a twin-engine medium size utility helicopter, part of the United States Marine Corps’ H-1 upgrade program. The helicopter is also called Yankee for its variant letter. The UH-1Y is currently in production to replace the Marine Corps’ aging fleet of UH-1N Twin Huey light utility helicopters first introduced in the early 1970s. The UH-1Y was to have been remanufactured from UH-1Ns, but in 2005 it was approved for the aircraft to be built as new.

General characteristics
* Crew: One or two pilots, plus crew chief, other crew members as mission requires
* Capacity: 6,660 lb (3,020 kg) including up to 10 crashworthy passenger seats, 6 litters or equivalent cargo
* Length: 58 ft 4 in (17.78 m)
* Rotor diameter: 48 ft 10 in (14.88 m)
* Height: 14 ft 7 in (4.5 m)
* Disc area: 1,808 ft 2 (168.0 m 2)
* Empty weight: 11,840 lb (5,370 kg)
* Useful load: 6,660 lb (3,020 kg)
* Max takeoff weight: 18,500 lb (8,390 kg)
* Powerplant: 2 - General Electric T700-GE-401C turboshaft, 1,828 shp for 2.5 min; 1,546 shp continuous (1,360 kW for 2.5 min; 1,150 kW continuous) each

Performance
* Never exceed speed: 198 kn (227 mph, 366 km/h)
* Maximum speed: 164 knots (189 mph, 304 km/h) for 30 minutes
* Cruise speed: 158 kt, 182 mph, 293 km/h (long range cruise (LRC): 135 kn, 155 mph, 250 km/h)
* Range: 130 nmi (150 mi, 241 km) with 2,182 lb, 990 kg payload
* Service ceiling: 20,000+ ft (6,100+ m)
* Rate of climb: 2,520 ft/min (12.8 m/s)

Armament
* 2 external stations for 70 mm (2.75 in) Hydra 70 rockets
* 2 pintle mounts for 7.62 mm M240D machine guns, .50 BMG GAU-16/A machine guns, or 7.62 mm GAU-17/A Gatling guns
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