Fly amry style with the Huey Helicopter
Live your childhood dream and feel like a movie star in a new blockbuster with a ride in this iconic army helicopter or cruise and relax on a luxury sport yacht!
Experience the ultimate extreme rush of an adventure flight through the combat zone on a genuine Vietnam Huey helicopter along the shores of the untamed west coast. Go on a tour and raise your adrenaline with the sports helicopter flying over the west coats and go on a cruise with the luxury sports yacht and relax and enjoy the sights with family and friends! It will be an experience that will be unforgettable.
Operating out of Cape Town’s V & A Waterfront, this adventure activity presents a unique and enthralling prospect of taking in the Capes breathtaking scenery while experiencing flight in an iconic machine, best known for its electrifying usage during the Vietnam War.
In addition to its historical significance, Huey’s have featured in many war movies including Apocalypse Now, Platoon and We Were Soldiers, making it not only the most recognizable helicopter of the 20th century, it is also undoubtedly, the most legendary and the stuff that dreams are made of.
Read more of the flights and the yacht in the additional reading!
Vital Information: There are not just Helicopter rides you can do way more with an experience you'll never forget.
- Duration: There are several options to choose from, ranging up to hour long flights.
- Max # of participants: Our Huey flights accommodate up to 9 people.
- Special Offers: Book a helicopter ride and a boat cruise and receive a 20% discount.
- What should I wear? Comfortable clothes and some closed shoes, you don't want to loose your sandals while flying.
- No. participants: Our Huey flights accommodate up to 9 people.
- Availability: In order to avoid disappointment, booking is essenttial.
- Other Info: First manufactured in the late 1950’s, the military helicopter Bell UH-1 series Iroquois better known as the Huey. The only Huey in the world licensed to carry passengers.
- Value for Money: Fair Deal
- Disabled Friendly: Yes
- Family Friendly: Yes
- Team Building Facilities: No
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Fly the Legend
This is an authentic Vietnam-era Huey that has ﬂown three tours in Vietnam and has been restored to its original condition.
Our Huey is licensed by the South African Civil Aviation Authority to carry 9 passengers at a time on either the simulated combat ﬂight or scenic ﬂights. It is the only Huey in the world licensed to carry passengers.
Feel the adrenaline pulsing through your veins, the wind rushing through the open doors and the thundering sound of this genuine military helicopter.
Experience the thrill of the ultimate flying adventure in the Legendary Huey, as seen in the Hollywood Blockbusters Apocalypse Now, M.A.S.H, Full Metal Jacket and Platoon.
This is what white-knuckle memories are made of!
Sports Motor Yacht
Princess Skye has been operating out of Cape Town’s Waterfront since 2015 and is the sister company to Sport Helicopters.
We are proud to have her as part of our fleet.
This is so much more than a luxury charter. It is your unique experience. Your unparalleled view. A powerful, beautiful inspiration that transports you to another world.
Offering a variety of private charters on the shores of Cape Town.
Princess Skye is a Princess 45:
Length: 45’4 (13.8m)
Engine: 2 x Volvo Penta TAMD 61A diesel (480HP each)
Capacity: 12 clients + 2 crew
Is Cape Town’s largest privately-owned tourist helicopter service that offers a wide range of standard and specialised Cape Town helicopter tours and charters.
We are the preferred Cape Town helicopter service provider to many of Cape Town’s top hotels as well as local and international tour operators.
We offer you a choice from our wide range of popular standard Cape Peninsula helicopter flights, or, for a trip with a difference, choose one of our special destination helicopter flights.
The Bell UH-1 Iroquois (nicknamed “Huey”) is a utility military helicopter powered by a single turbo shaft engine, with two-blade main and tail rotors. The first member of the prolific Huey family, it was developed by Bell Helicopter to meet a United States Army’s 1952 requirement for a medical evacuation and utility helicopter, and first flew in 1956. The UH-1 was the first turbine-powered helicopter to enter production in 1960 for the United States military, and more than 16,000 have been built since. The Iroquois was originally designated HU-1, hence the Huey nickname, which has remained in common use, despite the official redesign to UH-1 in 1962. The UH-1 first saw service in combat operations during the Vietnam War, with around 7,000 helicopters deployed. The Bell 204 and 205 are Iroquois versions developed for the civil market.
A helicopter is the most manageable aircraft in existence. It is lifted and propelled by one or more horizontal rotors consisting of two or more rotor blades. Helicopters are classified as rotorcraft to distinguish them from fixed-wing aircraft because the helicopter derives its source of lift from the rotor blades rotating around a mast. A ride in a helicopter is extremely exhilarating.
The main advantage of the helicopter is the ability to take off and land vertically and to keep up a steady hover in the air over a single point on the ground. These features allow the helicopter to land on and take off from pinnacles and confined areas.
The helicopter makes a great a rescue, medical evacuation and observation vehicle. Other sectors that enjoy the benefits of a helicopter’s nifty skills are fire fighting, tours, logging, personnel transport, electronic news gathering, law enforcement and military.
South Africa has many Flight Schools and Charter Operators that have a fleet of Helicopters. Whether it is an Introductory Helicopter Lesson, or a scenic flight to take in some breath-taking scenery, you’ll find it right here.
A word on Helicopters:
“If you’re in trouble anywhere in the world, an airplane can land and drop your flowers; a helicopter can land and save your life.” –Igor Sikorsky
“I have discovered that a screw-shaped device such as this, if it is well made from starched linen, will rise in the air if turned quickly.”–Leonardo da Vinci, describing the helical air screw, 1480
“A helicopter is a machine that gave man the true freedom of the sky.”–Igor Sikorsky
In traditional aircraft, the wing profile which is known as the air foil, is designed to deflect air efficiently downward. This downward deflection causes an opposite lifting force on the wing and a lower pressure on the upper surface, higher pressure on the lower surface. This pressure difference integrated over the air foil area causes a net lift. However, the more the lift of the air foil, the more drag that is caused. A helicopter makes use of the same principle, except that instead of moving the entire aircraft, only the wings themselves are moved in a circular motion. The helicopter’s rotor can be regarded as rotating wings, from where the military name of “rotary wing aircraft” originates.
Since 400 BC the Chinese had a bamboo flying top that was used as a children’s toy. Eventually, this flying top toy made it to Europe, and is depicted in a 1463 European painting. Leonardo da Vinci first conceived the semi-practical, manned helicopter in the 15th century.
The word “helicopter” (hélicoptère) was coined in 1861 by Gustave de Ponton d’Amécourt, a French inventor who demonstrated a small steam-powered model. Much later on the 20th century, helicopters were manufactured. Aircraft developers Jan Bahyl, Oszkár Asbóth, Louis Breguet, Paul Cornu, Traian Vuia, Emile Berliner, Ogneslav Kostovic Stepanovic and Igor Sikorsky pioneered the helicopter.
In the early 1920s, Raúl Pateras de Pescara, an Argentinian working in Europe, demonstrated one of the first, successful models of cyclic pitch. This let the helicopter move laterally without a separate propeller to push or pull it. By January 1924, Pescara’s helicopter No. 3 was capable of flights up to 10 minutes.
In 1931, Soviet aeronautical engineers Boris Yuriev and Alexei Cheremukhin began experiments with the TsAGI 1-EA helicopter, also a single lifting rotor helicopter, with forward and aft anti-torque rotors. It reached an altitude of 605 meters (1,984 ft.) on August 14, 1932 with Cheremukhin at the controls.
The German Focke-Wulf FW 61 was the first viable helicopter and had its first flight in 1936. The FW-61 broke all of the helicopter world records in 1937. Nazi Germany used a few helicopters during World War II.
Mass production of the military version of the Sikorsky XR-4 began in May 1942 for the United States Army and was used over Burma for rescue duties. It was also used by the Royal Air Force, the first British military unit to be equipped with helicopters being the Helicopter Training School, formed in January 1945 at RAF Andover with nine Sikorsky R-4B Hoverfly I helicopters.
The Bell 47 designed by Arthur Young became the first helicopter to be licensed (in March 1946) for certified civilian use in the United States. Twenty years later the Bell 206 became the most popular commercial helicopter built.
Reliable helicopters capable of stable hover flight were developed decades after fixed wing aircraft. This is mainly due to higher engine power density requirements than fixed wing aircraft. Igor Sikorsky is reported to have delayed his own helicopter research until suitable engines were commercially available. Improvements in fuels and engines during the first half of the 20th century were a critical factor in helicopter development. The development of lightweight turbo shaft engines in the later 20th century led to larger, faster, and higher performance helicopters. Turbo shaft engines are preferred for most smaller helicopters today.
V & A Waterfront .
Our Booking Office is situated at the V & A Waterfront right on the waters edge near to where the boat charters launch and close to Quay 4. From there participants are chauffeured by golf cart to our launch pad, just a short five minute ride away.
S 33° 54' 21.876'' E 18° 25' 23.353''