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Designation: OH-58D

Bell OH-58D – 2

Bell OH-58D Kiowa Warrior – 2

Picture of the Bell OH-58D Kiowa Warrior

The Bell OH-58D Kiowa was developed from the earlier OH-58A as a part of the U.S. Army’s Helicopter Improvement Program in the early 1980s.  The helicopter incorporated a more powerful engine and transmission as well as a four-bladed rotor which decreased the aircraft’s noise level while improving low level performance.  The distinctive Mast Mounted Sight above the main rotor allowed the helicopter to scout for targets without rising above trees or hills.  In the late 1980s improvements to the helicopter’s armament systems allowed the Kiowa to carry hellfire anti-tank missiles, unguided rockets, and .50 caliber machine guns.  This armed version was called the Kiowa Warrior.  The Army deployed Kiowa Warriors extensively in both Iraq and Afghanistan.  At least 35 were lost in combat.  The OH-58D was retired from Army service in 2016.

Wingspan 35 ft 4 in.

Diameter of Main Rotor

Length 31 ft 2 in.

Fuselage Length

Height 9 ft 6 in.

Height

Weight 3,000 lbs (loaded)

Weight

Max. Speed 150 MPH

Maximum Speed

Service Ceiling 19,000 ft

Service Ceiling

Range 299 miles

Range

Engines One Allison T63-A-700 turboshaft with 317 shaft horsepower

Engine

Crew 2

Crew


Manufacturer
Bell

Markings
United States Army, 6th Squadron, 6th Cavalry Regiment, 10th Combat Aviation Brigade, Fort Drum, New York, 2015

Designation
OH-58D

Serial Number
95-0015

Bell OH-58D – 1

Bell OH-58D Kiowa Warrior – 1

A picture of the Bell OH-58D Kiowa Warrior, one of two displayed at Pima Air and Space Museum

The Bell OH-58D Kiowa was developed from the earlier OH-58A as a part of the U.S. Army’s Helicopter Improvement Program in the early 1980s.  The helicopter incorporated a more powerful engine and transmission, as well as a four-bladed rotor which decreased the aircraft’s noise level while improving low-level performance.  The distinctive Mast Mounted Sight above the main rotor allowed the helicopter to scout for targets without rising above trees or hills.  In the late 1980s, improvements to the helicopter’s armament systems allowed the Kiowa to carry hellfire anti-tank missiles, unguided rockets, and .50 caliber machine guns.  This armed version was called the Kiowa Warrior.  The Army deployed Kiowa Warriors extensively in both Iraq and Afghanistan.  At least 35 were lost in combat.  The OH-58D was retired from Army service in 2016.

Wingspan 35 ft. 4 in.

Diameter of Main Rotor

Length 31 ft 2 in.

Fuselage Length

Height 9 ft 6 in.

Height

Weight 3,000 lbs (loaded)

Weight

Max. Speed 150 MPH

Maximum Speed

Service Ceiling 19,000 ft

Service Ceiling

Range 299 miles

Range

Engines One Allison T63-A-700 turboshaft with 317 shaft horsepower

Engine

Crew 2

Crew


Manufacturer
Bell

Markings
United States Army, 6th Squadron, 6th Cavalry Regiment, 10th Combat Aviation Brigade, Fort Drum, New York, 2015

Serial Number
93-0976

Designation
OH-58D

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