Bell 206

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American civilian Bell 206B.

The Bell 206 is a light helicopter. It was designed and built in the United States by Bell Helicopters[1]. It was originally designed for civilian purposes. It was changed to be used by the military[2], including the US Army[3]. It first flew in December 1962. Its manufacturing stopped in 2010. Licence-built were occurred to Italian company Agusta[4].

Specifications[change | change source]

Bell 206 is 39.8½ feet (12.11 meters) long, 33.4 feet (10.16 meters) diameter, and 9.4½ feet (10.96 meters) tall. A minimum mass that weighs 1 713 pounds (777 kg) and at the maximum mass that weighs 3 200 pounds (1 451kg). It's powered by an Allison 250's engine driving a helicopter rotor with two blades.

Variants[change | change source]

Mauritius Bell 206B-3.
French Bell 206B.

Civil variants[change | change source]

  • Bell 206.
  • Bell 206A.
    • Agusta-Bell 206A, license-built in Italy.
  • Bell 206A-1.
  • Agusta-Bell 206A-1, license-built in Italy.
  • Bell 206B.
    • Agusta-Bell 206B, license-built in Italy.
  • Bell 206B-2.
  • Bell 206B-3.
  • Bell 206L LongRanger[5].
    • Agusta-Bell 206L, license-built in Italy.
  • Bell 206L-1 LongRanger II.
    • Agusta-Bell 206L-1, license-built in Italy.
  • Bell 206L-1+ LongRanger.
  • Bell 206L-3 LongRanger III.
    • Agusta-Bell 206L-3, license-built in Italy.
  • Bell 206L-3+ LongRanger.
  • Bell 206L-4 LongRanger IV.
  • Bell 206LT TwinRanger.

Military variants[change | change source]

US Marines Corps TH-57C Sea Ranger
  • Bell TH-57A, B, C, D Sea Ranger : Training military variant built for US Navy and US Marines Corps.
  • Bell OH-58A, B, C Kiowa : Observation and militaries light liaisons variant built for US Army.
  • Bell OH-58D Kiowa Warrior : Observation and light attack[6] variant built for US Army.
  • Bell TH-67A : Training military variant built for US Army.
  • Bell CH-139 : Mulit-purpose military variant of Bell 206B-3 built for Canada.

Users[change | change source]

Civil users[change | change source]

The Bell 206 is a very popular helicopter and was sold in many countries in the world, particularly in USA, Canada, and in Europe.

Military users[change | change source]

Ugandan military Bell 206B.
US Army Bell OH-58D.

In 2013 current and former users of Bell 206 includes :

 Albania
 Argentina
 Bangladesh
 Brazil
 Bulgaria
 Canada
 Chile
 Croatia
 Finland
 Iran
 Italy
 Latvia
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 Pakistan
 Serbia
 Slovenia
 Sweden
 Thailand
 Turkey
 Uganda
 United States
 Venezuela

Similar aircraft[change | change source]

References[change | change source]

  1. http://www.flugzeuginfo.net/acdata_php/acdata_206ab_en.php
  2. http://www.aviastar.org/helicopters_eng/bell_206.php
  3. http://www.aviastar.org/helicopters_eng/bell_oh-4.php
  4. http://www.helis.com/70s/h_h58.php
  5. http://www.aviastar.org/helicopters_eng/bell_206_longranger.php
  6. (French)http://www.avionslegendaires.net/avion-militaire/bell-oh-58-kiowa/

Other websites[change | change source]