Bell OH-58D Kiowa Warrior

Pima Air and Space Museum Aircraft

Manufacturer
Bell
Markings
6th Squadron, 6th Cavalry Regiment, 10th Mountain Division, Ft. Drum, New York, 2015
Designation
OH-58D
Serial Number
93-0976

Bell OH-58D Kiowa Warrior

The Bell OH-58D Kiowa Warrior 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.

Specifications
Wingspan 35 ft 4 in
Length 31 ft 2 in
Height 9 ft 6 in
Weight 3,000 pounds
Max. Speed 150 mph
Service Ceiling 19,000 ft
Range 299 miles
Engines One Allison T63-A-700 turboshaft with 317 horsepower
Crew 2