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Bell Helicopter Bell 47

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Bell 47

Light Utility Helicopter

The Bell 47 is a single-engine two-seat light utility helicopter produced by the US-American manufacturer Bell Aircraft Corporation, later Bell Helicopter Company, today Bell Helicopter Textron. The designation for Bell 47 is US Army duties was H-13 Sioux.
Crew1 / 2
Propulsion1 Piston Engine
Engine ModelLycoming VO-435-B1A
Engine Power198 kW266 shp
Speed196 km/h106 kts
  122 mph
Service Ceiling3.200 m10.500 ft
Range411 km222 NM
255 mi.
Empty Weight786 kg1.733 lbs
max. Takeoff Weight1.293 kg2.850 lbs
Rotor Blades (main/tail)2/22/2
Main Rotor Diameter11,32 m37,1 ft
Tail Rotor Diameter1,87 m6,1 ft
Rotor Disc Area100,6 m²1083 ft²
Length (Fuselage)9,63 m31,6 ft
Length13,30 m43,6 ft
Height2,84 m9,3 ft
First Flight08.12.1945
Production Statusout of production
Production Range1946-1974
Total Productionca. 5600
ICAO CodeB47G, B47J
FAA TCDS2H1, 2H3, H-1
Data for (Version)Bell 47G-5A
The Bell 47 was also produced under license by Agusta (Italy), Kawasaki Heavy Industries (Japan) and Westland (UK). Some special variants with enclosed cabin and fuselage are the Bell 47H (three seats) and the Bell 47J Ranger (four seats). A conversion kit with turboshaft engine (turbine) was available by Soloy.

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