Bell 407

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light utility
$2.58 million
one or two
5 passengers
2,330 lbs.
2,645 lbs.
128 gallons
Allison turboshaft
813 s.h.p.
41 ft. 8 in.
11 ft. 8 in.
35 ft.
2,670 lbs.
6,000 lbs.
140 mph
153 mph
1,900 fpm
18,700 feet
380 miles

Bell 407

Bell 407

The Bell 407 medium-light utility helicopter is known for its low noise levels, good maneuverability, steady hover, and smooth ride. It is a favorite as a water bomber, camera platform, with police departments, with the military, as a hospital and VIP transport.

The key to the smooth performance of the Bell 407 is its fiberglass carbon composite four blade main rotor and vibration dampening hub design. The rotor is turned by an engine that develops more power than its predecessor and is more efficient in lower air densities. The entire fuel system of the helicopter has been reinforced for greater safety.

The cabin of the Bell 407 is wider than on prior models for additional passenger comfort or load accommodation, while still seating five. It can easily be configured according to need.

The Bell 407 cockpit is spacious and provides excellent visibility. The helicopter is optionally available with a Garmin equipped all-glass cockpit. Instruments are logically laid out and provide a clear indication of engine output in relation to demand. The engine speed control is mounted on the collective tube. Engine speed is digitally controlled for greater efficiency.

When flown as a water bomber, the Bell 407 usually is equipped with a 238 gallon bucket suspended beneath it.

A Bell 407 flew around the world, crossing the North and South Poles, completing the circumnavigation on May 23, 2007.

Iraq is the biggest user of the Bell 407 outside of the United States. Not only did Bell sell thirty helicopters for use in Iraq, but they have contracted with the U.S. Army to provide support services for them.

Oct. 8, 2018:  If approved by the United States Congress, Iraq will order five additional Bell 407 model GX helicopters at a cost of some US$82.5 million.  Helicopter equipment will be 7.62 mm  or 12.5 mm machine guns, a rocket launching Advanced Precision Kill Weapon System (APKWS), electrical optical/infrared sensors, airborne counter measure dispensers, missile launched sensors, Pathfinder Mission Management Systems, ARES Weapons Mount and Support Systems.  The United States Department of Defense Defense Security Cooperation Agency (DSCA) states that “the addition of five Bell 407 helicopters will help compensate for the combat loss of seven of the helicopters in recent years and increase the Iraqi Security Forces’ combat effectiveness against ISIS and other terrorist elements in Iraq.”

About 1,400 Bell 407 helicopters have been produced to date.

Bell 407

RC Bell 407

The RC Bell 407 from Cloneparts Modelbau is 32 in. long, 8 in. high, and 11 in. wide. Its four main rotor blades are 12 1/2 in. long each. A 2,000 kV motor is suggested for power. All up weight is around 42 oz.

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