A look at the types of helicopters used by U.S. Army advisers in South Vietnam in 1963, and how they were employed in South Vietnamese army operations.
In the early stage of U.S. involvement in Vietnam, Piasecki H-21 Shawnees were used by American Army advisers to transport South Vietnamese soldiers to the battle zone.
The Bell UH-1A armed helicopter was the first "Huey" model. This utility helicopter played many roles, including ground attack by machine gun or rocket launcher.
The UH-1B was equipped with an armament system that was more versatile than that of the UH-1B's predecessor in the line of Bell Huey helicopter models.
In Vietnam in 1963, U.S. Huey helicopters would escort H-21 Shawnees crewed by American soldiers carrying South Vietnamese troops to battle with the Viet Cong.