|Released:||1998 | Initial release – new tool|
The real helicopter
|Type||Light liaison helicopter|
|Dimensions||Length: 9.63 m, Height: 2.83 m|
|Performance||Cruise speed: 150 kph, Max. speed: 170 kph, Ceiling: 6,000 m, Range: 350 km|
|Weight||Empty: 780 kg , Max. weight: 1,300 kg|
|Engine||Lycoming TVO-435 six-cylinder engine rated at 260 hp|
A light helicopter of US manufacture, purchased by the IAF for observation, patrol and liaison. It was the first helicopter purchased for purposes other than combat, with the first batch arriving in Israel in September of 1965. It was a success, and additional helicopters were ordered. The choppers formed a new Pilot Training squadron, consisting solely of Bell-47s. In the Six Day War, the Bell-47s served on all fronts. After the war, some were sold to civilian bodies, and the rest were transferred to the IAF Flight School.
Information from website IAF.