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 The UH-1H was an improved UH-1D, with the Lycoming T53-L-13 engine of 1,400 shp (1,000 kW) installed, plus the pitot tube relocated from the nose to the roof, to reduce ground damage to it. "Hotel" models were created by upgrading "Deltas" with the more powerful engine. The first YUH-1H flew in 1966 with deliveries of production models starting in September 1967.[3][4]

The "Hotel" model Huey was produced in larger numbers than any other model, with 4,850 delivered to the US Army alone.[4] The "Hotel" model was widely exported and was also built under license in GermanyItalyJapan and Taiwan.[3]

Ten were sold to Canada for use under the designation CUH-1H with the first one was delivered on 6 March 1968. These were evaluated by the Canadian Forces and found unsuitable for Canadian tactical use, which resulted in the Canadian government sponsoring the development of the twin-engined version of the "Hotel", the UH-1N Twin Huey. The ten CUH-1Hs were re-equipped for search and rescue use, redesignated CH-118 and served until 1995.[3][4]

Bell developed a certified version of the UH-1H for the civil market. The aircraft incorporated minor changes for safety, such as dual sliding door locks and a baggage compartment in the tailboom. It was marketed by Bell as the Model 205A and later the improved 205A-1.[3]

The "Hotel" model Huey was also the basis for a number of sub-variants:

  • HH-1H was a UH-1H equipped for base rescue duties. Thirty were delivered to the USAF between 1970-73.[3][4]
  • EH-1H was a UH-1H modified under Project Quick Fix in 1976 and used as communications jamming aircraft with the US Army. Twenty-two aircraft were modified to this configuration beginning in 1976. Initial aircraft were fielded to the 82nd Airborne Division and the 2nd Armored Division. The 82nd fielded the type during the invasion of Grenada (Operation Urgent Fury)in 1983.[3][4]
  • UH-1J an improved Japanese version of the UH-1H built under license in Japan by Fuji Heavy Industries. It was locally designated as the UH-1J.[6]
  • EH-1X was an improved EH-1H communications jammer and DF aircraft.[3]
  • JUH-1 was a UH-1H equipped with retractable skid gear and an AN/APS 94 radar boom mounted on the belly.[3]
  • UH-1V was a MEDEVAC version of the "Hotel", with upgraded avionics.[3]
  • TH-1H: Modified UH-1Hs for use as basic helicopter flight trainers by the USAF.

A UAV version of UH-1H is being developed by Aurora Flight Sciences using the Tactical Autonomous Aerial Logistics System platform for the Autonomous Aerial Cargo Utility System (AACUS) program.[7]

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