Skroeder: ...and I'm going to need some Hueys.
Howard Marner: Some what?
Skroeder: HELICOPTERS, Howard. Jesus Christ!
Howard Marner: I thought they were choppers.
Skroeder: Well, now they're called Hueys.
Howard Marner: Well, why wasn't I notified?Every time the heroes in an action movie or TV show have to go somewhere by helicopter, chances are they'll be doing it in a member of the Bell Huey family. This is justified in Vietnam War movies: the UH-1D Iroquois◊ is a symbol of US involvement in Vietnam, with over 7,000 of them seeing service (and many, many more of other military and civilian models since—Bell is still making Hueys today). As a dedicated troop transport helicopter, it's a natural choice for The Squad - it's hard to roll out after a Lock and Load Montage in an MD-500 which only fits two actors. Their looks also help convey a tough, militaristic feel and suggest a military movie in the way a less easily-recognizable helicopter might not. In a gunship situation, expect two heavily-armed attack choppers flown by nameless pilots in formation with a Huey carrying a named character. It's not only military action movies that favor the Huey. Their versatility, reliability, ready availability as surplus, low cost, and ease of maintenance has them showing up pretty much every other time a helicopter's needed as well. Hence Bell 204/205/212 helicopters, all civilian Hueys, see very heavy usage for everything from logging to firefighting (it's definitely the single most popular type as a fire-bomber) to VIP transport, with Bell continuing to roll new ones off the assembly line even after fifty years in production. Though the US Army started replacing Hueys with Black Hawks as the general-purpose transport helicopter as long ago as 1979, they still keep a lot of them flying for various odd jobsnote . The same is true of the other branches, except the Marine Corps, who not only still use them in a front-line role but are also currently taking delivery of the new and highly-advanced UH-1Y model. It's commonly said in the US Military that when the last Blackhawk is deleted from the inventory, it will be slingloaded to the Boneyard by a Huey. In the movies they still show up everywhere even now - even places they have no right to be, in countries that never flew them. As a general rule:
- Hueys have a 50-50 chance of showing up in a fully civilian movie, where Bell JetRangers and other models appear just as often;
- A somewhat-military movie, or a movie featuring the military that skimped on research, will almost invariably have Hueys and follow this trope;
- A well-researched military movie will only feature Hueys as appropriate - for instance, when dealing with the Vietnam era, or for Marine Twin Hueys.
Examples:No aversions or justifications, please, otherwise this is going to turn into a list of helicopters in movies. Remember: this trope is about Hueys showing up as a generic helicopter in place of other more logical choices.
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- Rambo: First Blood Part II a civilian Bell 212 is operated by the Russians. It's probably supposed to be one of the numerous Hueys inherited by the Vietnam People's Air Force after the Fall of Saigon, but the resemblance is superficial at best. Nor is any attempt made to dress up the pintle-mounted M-60 (the E3 model first issued in the 80s no less!) as a Soviet weapon.
- Despite being set 20 Minutes into the Future Terminator Salvation features several combat-ready Hueys, or possibly the same one showing up and getting shot down over and over again.
- In Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home, it's revealed that even in the 23rd Century people will know how to fly Hueys when Sulu uses one to deliver plexiglass.
- A particularly glaring example in Fantastic Four: Rise of the Silver Surfer, when the team are seen being flown over the Thames by a military unit in a pair of Hueys. The British military never used them at all, begging the question of where on earth the team even found them. Did they bring the helicopters with them?
- Chris Ryan's Strike Back: The team are shown flying in a Huey, despite the fact that the British military favor the Westland Lynx. Certainly they've never deployed them in Iraq, where the show is set.
- Combat Hospital: The primary MEDEVAC helicopter for the Kandahar Airfield Role 3 is some kind of Huey. While the Canadian Forces continue to use Twin Hueys, at least one pilot for the helo is American, and the characters most commonly using on the helo are US Air Force Pararescuemen, who would not be using Hueys.
- Owing to the source material being primarily influenced by World War II and The Vietnam War, any time a helicopter shows up in the non-air-focused Army Men games, no matter the side or role, it is invariably a Huey. Even the games where the focus is on the helicopters start you off in a Huey, and friendly helicopters will likewise all be Hueys even as you've upgraded to Super Stallions or Apaches.
- In spite of its otherwise high-tech setting, the only US military helicopters ever to appear on Transformers Prime are Hueys. For example, Agent Fowler flies one twice, in spite of also having access to the cutting edge F-35 Lightning II jet. Weirdly, though, the Hueys on the show seem to be some kind of fictional gunship variant that mounts the M230 chaingun from the Apache.
- Fowler's use of the Huey is particularly odd in one episode, as Airachnid scans it and immediately transforms into a sleek stealth helicopter. Given that the CGI model for her alt-mode had already been created, and that Transformer alt-modes have otherwise been identical to their scanned vehicles, it makes you wonder why the animators didn't just give Fowler the stealth chopper for that particular scene.