Bell 201

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Bell 201/XH-13F
Bell 47 XH-13F experimental bw.jpg
Bell 201/XH-13F in a hover
Role Experimental helicopter
National origin United States
Manufacturer Bell Aircraft
First flight 20 October 1954
Primary users United States Army
United States Air Force
Number built 1
Developed from Bell 47

The Bell 201 (military designation XH-13F) was a modified Model 47G, the first Bell helicopter to use a turbine engine.[1][2] The Bell 201 was built to test components for the new XH-40, Bell Helicopter's prototype for its UH-1 Iroquois.[3]

The Bell 201 was powered by one Continental CAE XT51-T-3 turboshaft engine producing 425 shp (317 kW), a license-built development of the Turbomeca Artouste.[1] The 201 first flew on 20 October 1954, finished initial flight testing and was handed over to the US Army in April 1955 for further testing.[4]


Data from International Directory of Civil Aircraft[5]

General characteristics

  • Crew: 1 or 2
  • Capacity: 1 passenger
  • Length: 31 ft 7 in (9.63 m)
  • Wingspan: 37 ft 2 in (11.33 m)
  • Height: 9 ft 3 in (2.82 m)
  • Powerplant: 1 × Continental XT51-T-3 turboshaft, 425 hp (317 kW)
  • Main rotor diameter: 37 ft 2 in (11.33 m)
  • Main rotor area: 1,085 sq ft (100.8 m2)


See also

Related development

Aircraft of comparable role, configuration and era

Related lists


  1. ^ a b Donald, David, ed. "Bell 47". The Complete Encyclopedia of World Aircraft. Barnes & Nobel Books, 1997. ISBN 0-7607-0592-5.
  2. ^ Day, Dwayne A. "Bell UH-1 'Huey'" Archived May 27, 2010, at the Wayback Machine.. US Centennial of Flight.
  3. ^ Apostolo, Giorgio. The Illustrated Encyclopedia of Helicopters, pp. 46-47. New York: Bonanza Books. 1984. ISBN 978-0-517-43935-7.
  4. ^ Spenser, Jay P. "Bell Helicopter". Whirlybirds, A History of the U.S. Helicopter Pioneers. University of Washington Press, 1998. ISBN 0-295-98058-3.
  5. ^ Frawley, page 42

External links

  • Model 47G specs from The International Directory of Civil Aircraft by Gerard Frawley
  • YR-13 / H-13 / OH-13 Sioux / HTL on
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