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  • Part III

    Bell Helicopter Part IV



    1970 : Bell 212 Twin-turbine Hueys ( UH-1N )
    After the successful of the Models 204 / 205, Bell joined Pratt & Whitney Canada for develop a twin engine derivative, the result was the Model 212 Twin Two Twelve , soon followed by the Model 214 that was a lengthened version (with single and twin engine) of the Bell 205. In 1979 follows the Model 412 with a 4 blades main rotor

    jungle HH-1N


    1971 : UTTAS program - Bell 240. The proposal for the 1971 's US Army UTTAS program ( Utility Tactical Transport Aircraft System ) for a new helicopter to replace the Bell Huey. Lost the competition against the Sikorsky UH-60 BlackHawk

    Sept. 10, 1971: Bell 309 King Cobra. Because the US Army 's AAFSS ( Advanced Aerial Fire Support System ) competition was cancelled ( See Lockheed Cheyenne ) , Bell designed the model 309 King Cobra as a company-funded project. Only 2 units of the KingCobra were built but some of the improvements would be applied to the following US Marines model: the AH-1T

    1972 : Bell 214 Huey Plus / Big Lifter . A "big 205", Was first developed for the Iranian Armed Forces

    1974 : Bell conmemorates the delivery of it 20000th helicopter

    October 1, 1975 : Bell 409 (YAH-63)
    Developed from the Model 309, two units were built for the US Army AAH ( Advanced Attack Helicopter ) program.
    Lost competition against the Hughes YAH-64

    YAH-63


    1976 : New Name : Bell Helicopter Textron Inc. Also this year, the 2000th JetRanger roll out.

    1977 : Bell 222 America's first commercial mid-size twin-turbine helicopter

    Bell 222


    May 3, 1977 : Bell 301 ( XV-15 )

    > XV-15


    1978 : Bell 214ST A 19 place stretched version of the 214 with twin General Electric CT7 turboshafts developing 1625 shp.

    1979 : Bell 412 The four-bladed version of the Bell 212

    1979 : First sale of US helicopters to China, 8 Bell 212s

    1980 : The first trasatlantic LIGHT helicopter crossing is completed ( 5100 miles ) by german pilots Karl Wagner and Warner Roschlau in a LongRanger II

    Continue with PART V






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