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Friday September 13, 2002 :

Bell 407 Used to Re-Supply Navy Ships at Sea

FORT WORTH, TEXAS USA ( Bell Helicopters Press Release ) - The versatile Bell 407 has added another unique mission to its capability list.

For the last several months Air Center Helicopters Inc. has been using Bell 407s to fulfill a contract it has with the U.S. Navy. Citing the speed, range and reliability of the 407, Rod Tinney, President and CEO of Air Center Helicopters said, "The 407 is perfectly suited for these missions. It's flight performance coupled with the useful load and direct operating costs provide an efficient and economical platform for us to meet mission requirements."

An Air Center Helicopters Bell 407 sits on the deck of the USS Cole. This 407 was the first to land on the USS Cole since it returned to service following the attack in Yemen.

The U.S. Navy contract Air Center Helicopters has to provide re-supply and logistical support such as aerial photography, aerial drone recovery deck landing training and other services to Navy ships at sea. Air Center began flying the missions in 1988 and was put on contract in 1990. They fly between 4 to 6 missions a month. The longest offshore trip flown was 174 miles. Missions are flown off the East and West coasts as well around Hawaii.

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