Bell HTL-7

A picture of the Bell HTL-7

In May 1946, the Bell Model 47 became the first helicopter in the world to receive a commercial type certificate.  Military interest in the type was strong, and the first military versions flew in December 1946.  The Model 47 was used by all branches of the U.S. military and by many foreign nations.  The HTL-7 is the Navy’s trainer version of the Model 47J.  The first were delivered 1958 and a total of eighteen were built.  In 1962 they were re-designated as TH-13N.

Service History:

Built by Bell Helicopter Company and delivered to the U.S. Navy in August 1958.

November 1958 - To Helicopter Training Group One (HTG-1), Ellyson Field, Florida.

January 1960 - To Utility Helicopter Squadron Two (HU-2), Lakehurst Naval Air Station, New Jersey.

Diameter of Main Rotor

37 ft 2 in.

Length

43 ft 4 in.

Height

9 ft 4 in.

Weight

2,800 lbs (loaded)

Maximum Speed

105 MPH

Service Ceiling

13,000 ft

Range

210 miles

Engine

One Lycoming O-435-6 with 240 horsepower

Crew

2

Manufacturer
Bell

Markings
Helicopter Utility Squadron Four (HU-4), Naval Air Station Lakehurst, New Jersey, 1965

Designation
HTL-7

Serial Number
145842

February 1960             To Experimental Aircraft Squadron One (VX-1), Key West Naval Air Station, Florida.

July 1960                    To Utility Helicopter Squadron Four (HU-4), Lakehurst Naval Air Station, New Jersey.

November 1960          To Experimental Aircraft Squadron One (VX-1), Key West Naval Air Station, Florida.

December 1960           To Overhaul and Repair, Jacksonville Naval Air Station, Florida.

April 1961                   To Utility Helicopter Squadron Four (HU-4), Lakehurst Naval Air Station, New Jersey.  Deployed on USS Edisto September 1962 to April 1963.  Deployed on USS Eastwind  from August 1963 to February 1964, on USS Edisto from May 1964 to August 1964, and on USS Westwind from July 1965 to October 1965.

July 1966                    To Davis-Monthan AFB for storage.

June 1967                    Declared surplus.

1969                            Loaned to Pima Air and Space Museum by United States Air Force Museum.

1976                            National Naval Aviation Museum assumes responsibility for loan.

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