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Bell 206 Jetranger

Design and development

The Bell 206 is a family of two-bladed, single- or twin-engined helicopters, manufactured by Bell Helicopter at its Mirabel, Quebec plant. Originally developed as the Bell YOH-4 for the United States Army's Light Observation Helicopter program, it was not selected by the Army. Bell redesigned the airframe and successfully marketed the aircraft commercially as the five-place Bell 206A JetRanger. The new design was eventually selected by the Army as the OH-58 Kiowa. Bell also developed a seven-place LongRanger, which was later offered with a twin-engined option as the TwinRanger, while Tridair Helicopters offers a similar conversion of the LongRanger called the Gemini ST. The ICAO-assigned model designation "B06" is used on flight plans for the JetRanger and LongRanger, and the designation "B06T" is used for the twin-engined TwinRangers.


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The first Bell 206A flew on January 10, 1966, and the aircraft was revealed later that month at the Helicopter Association of America (HAA) convention. On October 20, 1966, the JetRanger received FAA certification. Delivery of the JetRanger to customers began on January 13, 1967, with the first aircraft being purchased by Harry Holly, CEO of the Hollymatic Corporation and previous owner of a Bell Ranger.[9] In 1968, the United States Navy selected the 206A as its primary trainer, the TH-57 Sea Ranger. The Army also eventually selected the 206A for a light observation helicopter as the OH-58 Kiowa.


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Bell 206 Jetranger

On October 14, 1960, the United States Navy solicited response from 25 aircraft manufacturers to a request for proposals (RFP) on behalf of the Army for the Light Observation Helicopter (LOH). Bell entered the competition along with 12 other manufacturers, including Hiller Aircraft and Hughes Tool Co., Aircraft Division. Bell submitted the D-250 design, which would be designated as the YHO-4. On May 19, 1961, Bell and Hiller were announced as winners of the design competition.

Bell  206 Jetranger: Specifications

  • History

    Role Multipurpose utility helicopter

    National origin United States/Canada

    Manufacturer Bell Helicopter

    First flight December 8, 1962 (206)

    January 10, 1966 (206A)

    Introduction 1967

    Status In service

  • Users

    Produced 1962–present

    Number built 7,300

    Unit cost

    approx. US$900,000 to $1.2 million

    Developed from Bell YOH-4

    Variants Bell OH-58 Kiowa

    Developed into Bell 407

  • General Info

    Number built >16,000

    Variants Bell UH-1N Twin Huey

    Bell 204/205

    Bell 212

    Developed into Bell AH-1 Cobra

    Bell 214
    Bell UH-1D Huey

Bell 206 Jetranger


UH-1H: Improved UH-1D with a Lycoming T53-L-13 engine of 1,400 shp (1,000 kW). 5435 built


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