BELL H -13 SIOUX RC SCALE HELICOPTER (GAS TURBINE CONVERSION) – RAF TIBENHAM – 2020

Role – Light observation helicopter
National origin – United States
Manufacturer – Bell Aircraft Bell Helicopter
First flight 8 December 1945 (Bell 47 prototype)
Status – Retired
Primary users –
United States Army
United States Air Force
United States Navy
British Army
Number built At least 2,407
Developed from Bell 47
Variants Bell 201
Developed into Bell 207 Sioux Scout

In 1947, the United States Army Air Forces (later the United States Air Force) ordered the improved Bell Model 47A. Most were designated YR-13 and three winterized versions were designated YR-13A. The United States Army first ordered Bell 47s in 1948 under the designation H-13. These would later receive the name Sioux.

Initially, the United States Navy procured several Bell 47s, designated HTL-1, between 1947 and 1958. The United States Coast Guard evaluated this model, and procured two HTL-1s for multi-mission support in the New York Harbor. The most common U.S. Navy version of the 47 was designated the HTL-4, and dispenses with the fabric covering on the tail boom. The U.S. Coast Guard procured three HTL-5s in 1952 (similar to the HTL-4 but powered by a Franklin O-335-5 engine) and used these until 1960. The Coast Guard procured two of Bell’s Model 47G and designated them HUL-1G in 1959.

The H-13 was one of the principle helicopters used by the U.S. Army during the Korean War, with the H-13D variant being the most prevalent. During the war it was used in a wide variety of roles including observation, reconnaissance, and medivac. It was also used as an observation helicopter early in the Vietnam War, before being replaced by the Hughes OH-6 Cayuse in 1966.

The Bell 47 was ordered by the British Army as the Sioux to meet specification H.240, with licensed production by Westland Helicopters. In order to comply with the terms of its licence agreement with Sikorsky Aircraft, which prevented it building a U.S. competitor’s aircraft, Westland licensed the Model 47 from Agusta, who had purchased a license from Bell. the first contract was for 200 helicopters. The first 50 helicopters of the contract were built by Agusta at Gallarate in Italy followed by 150 built by Westland at Yeovil. The first Westland Sioux made its maiden flight on 9 March 1965.

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3 Responses to “BELL H -13 SIOUX RC SCALE HELICOPTER (GAS TURBINE CONVERSION) – RAF TIBENHAM – 2020”

  • Fabio Bracci:

    This turbine scale is ridiculous !! Model made on the principles of pure fantasy.

    The classic equipment of the 47 G2 is the lycoming 154 hp. 6 cylinders engine.

    Any other version, even true, is not faithful to the real Bell 47G2.

  • Ken Allen:

    Nice one bro, M A S H sure came to mind watching this. Safe travels

  • Christian Goppert:

    Zivile Version Bell 47

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