It has been confirmed that the US Marine Corps has taken delivery of its final UH-1Y Venom. The helicopter arrived at Marine Corps Air Station Camp Pendleton, California, on April 25 to join Marine Light Attack Helicopter Squadron (HMLA) 469, Marine Aircraft Group 49, 3rd Marine Air Wing.
The helicopter, serial 169291, was the last of 160 UH-1Ys to be delivered to the US Marine Corps, comprising 150 new-build aircraft and ten converted from UH-1N airframes. HMLA-469 received its first UH-1Y on January 16, 2007.
Surprisingly, neither Bell nor the USMC issued a press release or even made any mention of this significant milestone, which was only confirmed to AFM by the US Navy this week.
Although UH-1Y deliveries are now complete, with no further orders planned, deliveries of the type’s sister aircraft, the AH-1Z Viper, are set to continue until 2022. Dave Allport