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RNZAF Bell UH-1D & UH-1H Iroquois
NZ3800 to NZ3816, 66-0809, 66-16450 and others

     
 

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August 2009
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Serial      Type    c/n US.Serials Delivered Aircraft history
NZ3800 UH-1H 12213 69-15923 1994 Ex US UH-1H painted as NZ3800, serial never issued to aircraft used in service.
Bought from US Army in Germany 1994 for display in RNZAF Museum, Christchurch

Iroquios displayed as NZ3800 
Wigram 
18th April 2006
Photo by George Canciani

NZ3801 UH-1D 4812 65-9768 1966 Delivered to Whenuapai by RNZAF Hercules 15 June 1966 and transported to Hobsonville for assembly.
Test flown from Hobsonville 22 June 1966 and allocated to No.3 Battlefield Support Squadron.
Radio call sign ZMZUA.
Upgraded from UH-1D to UH-1H mid 70's.
Squadron operated in East Timor as part of the United Nations INTERFET and later UNTAET units from 21 September 1999 to 10 December 2002.
Each of the helicopters was required to display a UN identity code during this time.
NZ3801 is known to have been allocated both UNO-075 and UNO-077 during service in the area.
The RNZAF Iroquois fleet was officially retired on 30/05/2015 and withdrawn from service by 01/07/2015
NZ3801 reserved for RNZAF Museum, Christchurch

Iroquois NZ3801 
Photographer unknown 
via Dave Masterson

NZ3802 UH-1D 4813 65-9769 1966 Delivered to Whenuapai by RNZAF Hercules 21 June 1966 and transported to Hobsonville for assembly.
Allocated to No.3 Battlefield Support Squadron.
Radio call sign ZMZUB.
Upgraded from UH-1D to UH-1H mid 70's.
The RNZAF Iroquois fleet was officially retired on 30/05/2015 and withdrawn from service by 01/07/2015
NZ3802 reserved for the National Army Museum at Waioru
NZ3803 UH-1D 5158 65-10114 1966 Delivered to Whenuapai by RNZAF Hercules in October 1966 and transported to Hobsonville for assembly.
Allocated to No.3 Battlefield Support Squadron.
Radio call sign ZMZUD.
Upgraded from UH-1D to UH-1H mid 70's.
Seriously damaged in whiteout on Mt. Cook during attempted rescue mission 28 November 1982.
Recovered to Mount Cook Airstrip by Iroquois NZ3802 and later rebuilt by SafeAir at Blenheim returning to service in early 1987.
Squadron operated in East Timor as part of the United Nations INTERFET and later UNTAET units from 21 September 1999 to 10 December 2002.
Each of the helicopters was required to display a UN identity code during this time.
NZ3803 is known to have been allocated UNO-0?? during service in the area.
The RNZAF Iroquois fleet was officially retired on 30/05/2015 and withdrawn from service by 01/07/2015
09/2015 10 Iroquois sold to Dakota Airparts of Fargo USA
Departed Ohakea by truck 04/2016
NZ3804 UH-1D 5159 65-10115 1966 Delivered to Whenuapai by RNZAF Hercules in October 1966 and transported to Hobsonville for assembly.
Allocated to No.3 Battlefield Support Squadron.
Radio call sign ZMZUF.
Upgraded from UH-1D to UH-1H mid 70's.
The RNZAF Iroquois fleet was officially retired on 30/05/2015 and withdrawn from service by 01/07/2015
09/2015 10 Iroquois sold to Dakota Airparts of Fargo USA
Departed Ohakea by truck 04/2016

Iroquois NZ3804 
Wanaka 
16th April 2006
Photo by George Canciani

NZ3805 UH-1D 5160 65-10116 1966 Delivered to Whenuapai by RNZAF Hercules in October 1966 and transported to Hobsonville for assembly.
Allocated to No.3 Battlefield Support Squadron.
Radio call sign ZMZUG.
Upgraded from UH-1D to UH-1H mid 70's.
Squadron operated in East Timor as part of the United Nations INTERFET and later UNTAET units from 21 September 1999 to 10 December 2002.
Each of the helicopters was required to display a UN identity code during this time.
NZ3805 is known to have been allocated both UNO-075 and UNO-076 during service in the area.
The RNZAF Iroquois fleet was officially retired on 30/05/2015 and withdrawn from service by 01/07/2015
09/2015 10 Iroquois sold to Dakota Airparts of Fargo USA
Departed Ohakea by truck 04/2016
NZ3806 UH-1H 11705 69-15417 1970 Delivered to Whenuapai by RNZAF Hercules 18 July 1970.
Operated by No. 3 Squadron RNZAF.
Crashed 25/04/2010 near Wellington (Flew into cloud, 3 of the 4 aboard were killed)

UH-1H NZ3806 
3 SQN Wigram 
February 2009 
Glen Reid

NZ3807 UH-1H 11706 69-15418 1970 Delivered to Whenuapai by RNZAF Hercules 18 July 1970.
Operated by No. 3 Squadron RNZAF.
Mid air collision with NZ3814 during exercise north of Rockhampton, Queensland 23 October 1981.
Landed safely and later rebuilt.
Squadron operated in East Timor as part of the United Nations INTERFET and later UNTAET units from 21 September 1999 to 10 December 2002.
Each of the helicopters was required to display a UN identity code during this time.
NZ3807 is known to have been allocated UNO-080 during service in the area.
The RNZAF Iroquois fleet was officially retired on 30/05/2015 and withdrawn from service by 01/07/2015
09/2015 10 Iroquois sold to Dakota Airparts of Fargo USA
Departed Ohakea by truck 04/2016

UH-1H NZ3807 
3 SQN Wigram 
May 1980 
Glen Reid Collection

NZ3808 UH-1H 11707 69-15419 1970 Delivered between July and October 1970.
Operated by No. 3 Squadron RNZAF.
First RNZAF helicopter to be operated in Antarctica. NZ3808 was painted orange and operated from McMurdo Station from 29 October 1985-06 December 1985 flying 99.8 hours in the area.
Squadron operated in East Timor as part of the United Nations INTERFET and later UNTAET units from 21 September 1999 to 10 December 2002.
Each of the helicopters was required to display a UN identity code during this time.
NZ3808 is known to have been allocated both UNO-060 and UNO-077 during service in the area.
The RNZAF Iroquois fleet was officially retired on 30/05/2015 and withdrawn from service by 01/07/2015
NZ3808 reserved for preservation at Ohakea
NZ3809 UH-1H 11708 69-15420 1970 Delivered between July and October 1970.
Operated by No. 3 Squadron RNZAF.
Crashed at South Kaipara Head, near Helensville 09 July 1990 while lifting radio mast and badly damaged.
Rebuilt by SafeAir and returned to service in February 1993.
Squadron operated in East Timor as part of the United Nations INTERFET and later UNTAET units from 21 September 1999 to 10 December 2002.
Each of the helicopters was required to display a UN identity code during this time.
NZ3809 is known to have been allocated UNO-078 during service in the area.
The RNZAF Iroquois fleet was officially retired on 30/05/2015 and withdrawn from service by 01/07/2015
09/2015 10 Iroquois sold to Dakota Airparts of Fargo USA
Departed Ohakea by truck 04/2016

Iroquois NZ3809 
Wanaka 
4th April 2010
Photo by George Canciani

NZ3810 UH-1H 11938 69-15650 1970 Delivered between July and October 1970.
Operated by No. 3 Squadron RNZAF.
Crashed in sandhills near Kaipara Harbour during tactical exercise just after noon on 27 April 1972.
The helicopter had struck a bank with it's main rotor and then cartwheeled over another 70 foot high bank.
Flight Lieutenant Ross Masters, Sergeant Malcolm Bell and Sergeant Anthony Perkin killed and aircraft written off.
NZ3811 UH-1H 11939 69-15651 1970 Delivered between July and October 1970.
Operated by No. 3 Squadron RNZAF.
The RNZAF Iroquois fleet was officially retired on 30/05/2015 and withdrawn from service by 01/07/2015
09/2015 10 Iroquois sold to Dakota Airparts of Fargo USA
Departed Ohakea by truck 04/2016
NZ3812 UH-1H 11940 69-15652 1970 Delivered between July and October 1970.
Operated by No. 3 Squadron RNZAF.
Squadron operated in East Timor as part of the United Nations INTERFET and later UNTAET units from 21 September 1999 to 10 December 2002.
Each of the helicopters was required to display a UN identity code during this time.
NZ3812 is known to have been allocated UNO-074 during service in the area.
The RNZAF Iroquois fleet was officially retired on 30/05/2015 and withdrawn from service by 01/07/2015
09/2015 10 Iroquois sold to Dakota Airparts of Fargo USA
Departed Ohakea by truck 04/2016
NZ3813 UH-1H 11941 69-15653 1970 Delivered between July and October 1970.
Operated by No. 3 Squadron RNZAF.
Crashed due engine failure shortly after takeoff into Ngamatea Swamp, near Waiouru 31 03/1995 and written off.
NZ3814 UH-1H 11942 69-15654 1970 Delivered between July and October 1970. Operated by No. 3 Squadron RNZAF. Mid air collision with NZ3807 during exercise north of Rockhampton, Queensland 23 October 1981.
Crashed in trees and was badly damaged.
Two of four crew seriously injured.
Rebuilt by SafeAir at Blenheim returning to service in early 1987.
Squadron operated in East Timor as part of the United Nations INTERFET and later UNTAET units from 21 September 1999 to 10 December 2002.
Each of the helicopters was required to display a UN identity code during this time.
NZ3814 is known to have been allocated UNO-0?? during service in the area.
The RNZAF Iroquois fleet was officially retired on 30/05/2015 and withdrawn from service by 01/07/2015
09/2015 10 Iroquois sold to Dakota Airparts of Fargo USA
Departed Ohakea by truck 04/2016
NZ3815 UH-1H 13849 74-22525 1976 Delivered November 1976 as replacement for NZ3810.
Operated by No. 3 Squadron RNZAF.
The RNZAF Iroquois fleet was officially retired on 30/05/2015 and withdrawn from service by 01/07/2015
09/2015 10 Iroquois sold to Dakota Airparts of Fargo USA
Departed Ohakea by truck 04/2016

Iroquois NZ3815 
Wanaka 
22nd March 2008
Photo by George Canciani

NZ3816 UH-1H ? ? 1996 Delivered 1996 as replacement for NZ3813.
Operated by No. 3 Squadron RNZAF.
Squadron operated in East Timor as part of the United Nations INTERFET and later UNTAET units from 21 September 1999 to 10 December 2002.
Each of the helicopters was required to display a UN identity code during this time.
NZ3816 is known to have been allocated UNO-076 during service in the area.
The RNZAF Iroquois fleet was officially retired on 30/05/2015 and withdrawn from service by 01/07/2015
09/2015 10 Iroquois sold to Dakota Airparts of Fargo USA
Departed Ohakea by truck 04/2016
66-0809 UH-1H ? 66-0809 1982 Leased from US Government for use with United Nations Multinational Force and Observers in the Sinai from 20 March 1982-April 1986.
66-16450 UH-1H ? 66-16450 1982 Leased from US Government for use with United Nations Multinational Force and Observers in the Sinai from 20 March 1982- April 1986.
? ? ? ? 1996 Purchased for spares from USA??
 
   

A partial airframe has been loaned to the Nelson Marlborough Institute of Technology as a training aid, we would like to know its identity

 

 

Iroquois NZ38xx
Photo by Ivan Prince

     

Author: Ivan Prince (Updated by Brendan Cowan and Martin Edwards)

Sources: AHSNZ publications 1981-2003. NZ Wings 1972-1996. "For Your Tomorrow" by Errol Martyn.

Updated 1st May 2016

     

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