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Farewell salute to Huey choppers after 50-year career (2019/10/30)
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    Farewell salute to Huey choppers after 50-year career (2019/10/30)

    The UH-1H Iroquois helicopter, nicknamed the Huey, took to Taichung's skies for the last time on Wednesday before its decommissioning. The military chopper first entered service nearly 50 years ago. It has since been deployed in missions including disaster relief after the Jiji earthquake. Pilots gathered at a ceremony to bid farewell to the old soldier, which was honored with a traditional water salute.

    Three UH-1H Iroquois lead the way to their decommissioning ceremony. They are followed by nearly 30 other military helicopters, including UH-60 Black Hawks and AH-64 Apache. Stretching for 2 kilometers across the sky, they fly in formation to send off their old comrade.

    A handover between pilots, then a traditional water salute. After making its way past the arcs of water, the Huey is declared officially decommissioned.

    Chang Wei-chen
    UH-1H pilot
    As the battalion commander of this last cohort, I’m very happy to be taking part in the decommissioning ceremony.

    Beginning in 1969, Taiwan had worked with U.S. contractors to procure 127 Huey choppers for the R.O.C. Army and Air force. The Huey served important missions, including rescues after major natural disasters. But with the development of newer models and piling upkeep costs, the Huey will be rising to the skies no more.

    Liao Ming-chi
    UH-1H crew chief
    It’s been 19 years since I joined the military. I have worked with UH-1Hs this whole time. To be honest, they are more like a wife than my wife.

    Li Wei-hao
    UH-1H pilot
    This aircraft is very easy to fly. The livery is still in OK condition. I’ll keep the helicopter alive in my mind. That way I won’t feel so sad.

    With fond memories, these former Huey pilots will embark on new missions with newer models. As for the UH-1H, it’s retiring from service with full honors.

    中文 Chinese  
    翱翔領空半世紀 UH-1H直升機功成身退

    陸軍的UH-1H經典老爺機,服役至今接近50年,更在多場重大天災中,扛起救難重責。軍方在週三舉辦盛大除役典禮,很多機組員們,在這一刻,都相當不捨。

    三架UH-1H,緩緩升空,啟程航向除役典禮,近30架陸航直升機,包括黑鷹、阿帕契等主力機種全數到齊,兩公里長的編隊,用最高規格,為老爺機餞行。

    新舊U機飛官,下機交接,UH-1H衝向洗塵水幕,這一刻起,正式功成身退。

    [[UH-1H飛行官 張維宸]]
    “能擔任這最後一代的營長,我可以幫它做除役的典禮,我感到非常的開心。”

    UH1H從1969年開始,美方和台灣在邦交關係下合作,授權生產,加上移交,一共127台,投入陸軍航空部隊和空軍救護隊,在多場重大天災,扛起繁重任務。不過隨著新機種作戰能力成熟、加上保養不合效益,機組員們和老戰友,最後終需一別。

    [[UH-1H機工長 廖銘祺]]
    “從軍開始到現在,19年了,我都在摸UH-1H,講真的它比我老婆更像我老婆。”

    [[UH-1H飛行官 李葦浩]]
    “這架飛機真的是好飛。其實我們整架飛機的塗裝都還算OK的。把它放在腦海裡面持續去想它,你這樣就比較不會那麼感傷。”

    機組員帶著回憶邁向新任務,而功成身退的UH-1H,飛行英姿將永遠停留在他們的心中。
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