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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.

Diameter of Main Rotor

35 ft. 4 in.

Fuselage Length

31 ft 2 in.


9 ft 6 in.


3,000 lbs (loaded)

Maximum Speed

150 MPH

Service Ceiling

19,000 ft


299 miles


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




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

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