Bell 206

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650 h.p.
42 ft. 9 in.
9 ft. 7 in.
37 ft.
2,200 lbs.
4,150 lbs.
780 gallons
110 US gals.
126 mph
150 mph
1,280 fpm
15,000 feet
300 miles

Bell 206
Bell 206

The Bell 206, known as the Jet Ranger, is marketed in the America's and Europe.  It is one of the most accomplished helicopters ever built. It is used for EMS, Homeland Security, training of armed forces pilots, as a crop sprayer, corporate transport, as an air tanker and spotter helicopter, an air ambulance, by police departments, for search and rescue, and as a news helicopter. The Jet Ranger was the first helicopter ever to circumnavigate the earth.

The Bell 206 used for fighting blazes can be equipped with a 780 gallon "Bambi" bucket. Depending on how near the retardant base is, the helicopter can often drop more retardant than a fixed wing aircraft in the same period of time.

A military prototype of the helicopter first flew in 1962. The Bell 206 as we know it was introduced in 1971. Pilots found it to be an agile helicopter with maneuverability to impress air show crowds, yet easy enough to fly to make a good trainer. Controls are hydraulically operated, with autopilot, auto stabilizer, and IFR equipment optionally available.

The engine and all mechanical elements of the Bell 206 are located at the top of the fuselage. This, plus a patented anti-vibration system, helps isolate the passenger cabin from noise and vibrations. The interior is roomy with access through wide cabin doors, and visibility is great. Baggage capacity is excellent, with access to the compartment through a separate door. Commercial operators appreciate its low operating cost.

By 1974 a Bell 206 was introduced with a more powerful engine, bigger rotor, more fuel capacity, and longer fuselage allowing room for seven passengers. The helicopter went on to become the North American light helicopter sales leader.

In 1977 a Bell 206 with increased engine power and an improved tail rotor system was introduced.

In 1981, a military variant initially powered by a 317 hp. engine was introduced. Newer models have increased engine power to 650 hp.

Bell Helicopter Textron, Canada produces the Bell 206 in the Americas while Agusta, in Italy, produces the Bell 206 for the European market under license. Over 7,300 Bell 206 helicopters have been produced.

RC Bell 206
Bell 206
The fantastic Bell 206 built by Karl Plich has a 119" length and rotor diameter. It weighs around 40 lbs and is powered by a 6.2 h.p. turbojet engine.
The Bell 206 from RC Aerodyne comes as a fuselage kit to fit 600 to 700 size mechanics. It is 59 1/2" long, 8 1/2" wide, and uses a 55" rotor.
Syma has a Bell 206. It has three ch control and co-axial rotors. Dimensions are 11" x 6 1/2" x 5". It is RTF including flight battery, radio, and charger.
The Bell 206 fuselage from XHel is painted fiberglass, with a length of 29", width of 5" and height of 9 1/2".
The Sky Fox mechanics fuselage for the Bell 206 from Vario is 58" long. Recommended power is a 11.5 cc engine.
The Bell 206 from Vario for a turbine engine has a fuselage length of 98.5". Power can be from Jet Cat PH T3, PH T4, or Jakadofsky PJW-R turbine engines.
There is a Bell 206 fuselage for Blade CP from Darth's Helibodies.
Super Scale Helis Bell 206 comes as a fuselage kit of the model B. It has a 96" length. Their RC Jet Ranger model L has a 103" length.
Another Bell 206 from Syma has blades with a 10" diameter. It is 12 1/2" long, 6" high, with 2 1/2" wide fuselage.