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Bell 206 N17-025 Royal Australian Navy Print


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Bell 206B-1 “Kiowa” N17-025 891

The Australian Army Kiowas are licence-built Bell 206B airframes constructed by Commonwealth Aircraft Corporation and designated 206B-1. They differ from military OH-58 airframes in detail, including a lack of any weapons capability. The CAC built 206B-1 Kiowas are unique in having a double hinged rear port cabin door and a removable door pillar, allowing the loading and carrying of stretcher-bound casualties. In 1971 56 Kiowas were ordered for the Australian defence forces. The first twelve were manufactured in the USA and then re-assembled in Australia with the balance being of Australian construction. Although in common use, the name “Kiowa” does not appear in any official Australian documentation for the aircraft.

Kiowas that served with the RAN were modified somewhat from their Army counterparts. Low-height landing skids were fitted to allow the helo to be accomodated in a ship-board hangar, tie-down rings were added to the landing gear and rear body, a rotor brake was incorporated to prevent the rotors spinning freely on deck and the communications suite was altered. N17-025 is shown here as it appeared while embarked on HMAS Moresby in the late 1970s. in the standard RAN Oxford Blue and White colour scheme. It crashed on 30th July 1977 on Sunday Island, off the coast of Western Australia. The crew were unharmed.

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