UMD Off the Beaten Path: “Huey”

You can probably go your whole career here on the College Park campus and never even notice it.

But on a spring day before the trees bloom, the afternoon sun might hit it just right and the yellow and red paint job will pop out at you. There, sitting next to the parking lot of the Manufacturing Building off of Regents Drive is…

A helicopter?

Is that a helicopter I see before me? Yes it is. (click for lager image)
Is that a helicopter I see before me? Yes it is. (click for larger image)

No, it’s not a mirage brought on by the warmer weather. It’s an actual helicopter. The Bell UH-1H “Huey” was donated by the Maryland Air National Guard in 1998 to the Department of Aerospace Engineering.

Also known as the Iroquois, these helicopters were put into service in the 1960’s and have been used ever since by militaries around the world for every type of mission, from rescues to special operations.

This Bell UH-1H "Huey" is not far from the Comcast Center.
The Bell UH-1H “Huey” is not far from the Comcast Center. (click for larger image)

Our Huey is no longer operational, but still serves as a learning tool for the students of the Alfred Gessow Rotocraft Center. Students have painted “Huey” three times since it was donated, most recently in 2009. While it’s a little the worse for wear, “Huey” still serves as a shining example of timeless aerospace design.

Do you have a favorite UMD sight that not many people might know about? Leave a comment!

Thanks to Jennifer Figgins Rooks and Benjamin Berry from the Department of Aerospace Engineering for shedding some light on Huey!

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