42 ft. 9 in.
9 ft. 7 in.
110 US gals.
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.