The Bell UH-1 or Huey as it’s better known is the best known helicopter around the world. The Vietnam War has made this helicopter an icon for modern mobile warfare. Besides as a military transport it saw use as an attack helicopter, police helicopter, fire extinguisher, medical evac, civilian transport, you name it.
The first artwork here is “Huey coming in Hot“, which shows a UH-1C gunship on a firing run. I did this piece in a more abstract way that what was usual for me until then. It really was a piece to experiment on and broaden my horizon a bit. It’s really one of my favourite pieces despite it’s relative simplicity. I love strong bold colours which is something you can not often use in aviation art.
The second artwork shows a license built huey by Agusta, called the (I)UH-1 or Agusta Bell AB204. This helicopter was used by the Dutch Navy Marine Luchtvaart Dienst for patrol and SAR service. It was roughly based on the UH-1C featuring a different engine exhaust layout, floatation devices and whinch amongst other things. This image was created for a calendar I did with artwork about Dutch aviation, it depicts a MLD (I)UH-1 of the Dutch Navy flying in to find a ship caught in the storm. “Rescue in a Stormy Sea”