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.