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Bell Model 212

United States (1968)
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Produced from 1968 until 1998, the Bell Model 212 helicopter found homes in many inventories spanning several global operators.


Detailing the development and operational history of the Bell Model 212 Medium-Lift Utility / Transport Helicopter.  Entry last updated on 6/22/2018. Authored by Staff Writer. Content ©www.MilitaryFactory.com

The Bell Model 212 helicopter ("Twin Two-Twelve") was originally developed by Bell Helicopters for the Canadian military under the designation of CUH-1N (to become the CH-135 "Twin Huey" in service). It was based on the established framework of the earlier Bell Model 205 helicopter product which was, itself, developed along with the Bell Model 204 as civilian market offshoots of the successful military "Huey" line (the Model 212 closely associated with the UH-1N). As in those designs, the Model 212 relied on a single-engine configuration and had a twin-bladed main rotor and twin-bladed tail rotor unit. It eventually found a modest stable of global customers that included Canada, Colombia, Croatia, Germany (West Germany), Greece, Japan, Serbia, Slovenia, Thailand and the United States.

The Model 212 achieved first-flight in 1968 and was introduced that same year. Production then spanned from 1968 until 1998. Back in 1988, manufacture of the series moved from the United States to Canada (though still produced under the Bell Helicopter brand label).

In both form and function, the Model 212 was indicative of the whole Huey line. It featured its crew of one or two seated at front in a side-by-side arrangement. Automobile-style doors were granted to each crewman for easy entry-exit. The passenger cabin was designed to seat up to fourteen. Overall length of the aircraft was 57 feet with a rotor diameter of 48 feet and a height of 12.6 feet. Empty weight was 6,530lb against an MTOW of 11,200lb. Power was provided by a Pratt & Whitney Canada PT6T-3 (or PT6T-3B) turboshaft engine. This drove both the main rotor atop the cabin as well as the tail rotor (offset to portside) atop the vehicle tail fin. Output of this engine fit was 1,800 horsepower. Performance specifications included a maximum speed of 140 miles per hour and range was out to 240 nautical miles. Its service ceiling reached 17,400 feet with a rate-of-climb reaching 1,745 feet-per-minute.

The Model 412 was an offshoot of the Bell 212 line and incorporated a four-bladed main rotor as well as two engines in its make-up. Foreign (licensed) production of the Model 212 was taken up by Agusta-Bell of Italy (as the "AB212") and its Anti-Submarine Warfare (ASW) derivative became the "AB212 ASW". The Eagle 212 "Single" was a local Canadian development that substituted the PWC engine with the Lycoming T53-17 (or T53-BCV) turboshaft.

Model 212 helicopters continue to serve in several roles today despite their 1960s heritage - some with navy and coast guard services and others with police forces.

Any available statistics for the Bell Model 212 Medium-Lift Utility / Transport Helicopter are showcased in the areas immediately below. Categories include basic specifications covering country-of-origin, operational status, manufacture(s) and total quantitative production. Other qualities showcased are related to structural values (namely dimensions), installed power and standard day performance figures, installed or proposed armament and mission equipment (if any), global users (from A-to-Z) and series model variants (if any).






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Relative Maximum Speed Rating
Hi: 150mph
Lo: 75mph
    This entry's maximum listed speed (140mph).

    Graph average of 112.5 miles-per-hour.
City-to-City Ranges
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Unit Production Comparison
Comm. Market HI*: 44,000 units
Military Market HI**: 36,183 units
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550


  * Commercial Market High belongs to Cessna 172.

  ** Military Market High belongs to Ilyushin Il-2.


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Origin: United States
Year: 1968
Type: Medium-Lift Utility / Transport Helicopter
Manufacturer(s): Bell Helicopter - USA
Production: 550
Status: Active, In-Service
Global Operators:
Canada; Colombia; Croatia; Greece; Japan; Serbia; Slovenia; Thailand; United States
Historical Commitments / Honors:

Military lapel ribbon for Operation Allied Force
Military lapel ribbon for the Arab-Israeli War
Military lapel ribbon for the Battle of Britain
Military lapel ribbon for the Battle of Midway
Military lapel ribbon for the Berlin Airlift
Military lapel ribbon for the Chaco War
Military lapel ribbon for the Cold War
Military lapel ribbon for the Cuban Missile Crisis
Military lapel ribbon for the Falklands War
Military lapel ribbon for the French-Indochina War
Military lapel ribbon for the Golden Age of Flight
Military lapel ribbon for the 1991 Gulf War
Military lapel ribbon for the Indo-Pak Wars
Military lapel ribbon for the Iran-Iraq War
Military lapel ribbon for the Korean War
Military lapel ribbon for the 1982 Lebanon War
Military lapel ribbon for the Malayan Emergency
Military lapel ribbon for the attack on Pearl Harbor
Military lapel ribbon for the Six Day War
Military lapel ribbon for the Soviet-Afghan War
Military lapel ribbon for the Spanish Civil War
Military lapel ribbon for the Suez Crisis
Military lapel ribbon for the Vietnam War
Military lapel ribbon for Warsaw Pact of the Cold War-era
Military lapel ribbon for the WASP (WW2)
Military lapel ribbon for the World War 1
Military lapel ribbon for the World War 2
Military lapel ribbon for the Yom Kippur
* Ribbons not necessarily indicative of actual historical campaign ribbons. Ribbons are clickable to their respective campaigns/operations.
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Structural - Crew, Dimensions, and Weights:
Unless otherwise noted the presented statistics below pertain to the Bell Model 212 model. Common measurements, and their respective conversions, are shown when possible.

Operational
CREW


Personnel
2


Dimension
LENGTH


Feet
57.25 ft


Meters
17.45 m


Dimension
WIDTH


Feet
48.06 ft


Meters
14.65 m


Dimension
HEIGHT


Feet
12.57 ft


Meters
3.83 m


Weight
EMPTY


Pounds
6,614 lb


Kilograms
3,000 kg


Weight
LOADED


Pounds
11,199 lb


Kilograms
5,080 kg

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Installed Power - Standard Day Performance:
2 x Pratt & Whitney Canada PT6T-3 OR PT6T-3B turboshaft engines developing 1,800 horsepower and driving a two-bladed main rotor and two-bladed tail rotor.

Performance
SPEED


Miles-per-Hour
140 mph


Kilometers-per-Hour
225 kph


Knots
121 kts


Performance
RANGE


Miles
273 mi


Kilometers
440 km


Nautical Miles
238 nm


Performance
CEILING


Feet
17,405 ft


Meters
5,305 m


Miles
3.30 mi


Performance
CLIMB RATE


Feet-per-Minute
1,745 ft/min


Meters-per-Minute
532 m/min

Supported Weapon Systems:

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Armament - Hardpoints (0):

Typically none though militarized gunship forms can sport door-mounted 7.62mm machine guns on pintles and wingstubs can support rocket pods.
Variants: Series Model Variants
• Model 212 - Base Series Designation.