Role: Multipurpose Light Helicopter
National Origin: United States
Manufacturer: Bell Aircraft, Bell Helicopter Company
First Flight: 1946
Primary User: United States Army, British Army
Number Built: 5600
The Bell 47 is a two bladed single engine helicopter designed by Arthur M. Young. It was the very first helicopter to receive a type certificate for civilian use which was obtained on March 8, 1946. There were many variants of the Bell 47, and in total, more than 5,600 47 models were built including those built under license. As of 2015 there are still 1,209 Bell 47’s on the US registry, and maybe ½ of those are flyable helicopters.
On July 12, 1957 Dwight D Eisenhower became the first US president to ride in a Helicopter.The helicopter chosen was a Bell 47 J variant classified as a UH-13-J.
The Bell 47 G Model operated by Mid America Flight museum was built in 1963 (N6356X) and is powered by a normally aspirated Franklin 210 HP engine spinning two Wooden rotor blades.
- Crew: 1 or 2
- Capacity: 1 passenger or 2 litters (1,057 lb (479 kg) payload)
- Length: 31 ft 7 in (9.63 m)
- Height: 9 ft 3 in (2.82 m)
- Empty weight: 1,893 lb (859 kg)
- Max Takeoff Weight: 2,950 lb (1,338 kg)
- Powerplant: 1 × Lycoming TVO-435-F1A six-cylinder vertically mounted horizontally-opposed air-cooled piston engine, 280 hp (210 kW)
- Main Rotor Diameter: 37 ft 2 in (11.33 m)
- Main Rotor Area: 1,085 sq ft (100.8 m2)
- Maximum speed: 91 kn (105 mph; 169 km/h)
- Cruising Speed: 73 kn (84 mph; 135 km/h)
- Range: 214 nmi (246 mi; 396 km)
- Rate of climb: 860 ft/min (4.4 m/s)