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Bell Model 214

Medium-Lift Utility Helicopter

Bell Model 214

Medium-Lift Utility Helicopter


The Bell Model 214 was yet-another in the long line of offshoots derived from the stellar Bell UH-1 Huey helicopter series.
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ORIGIN: United States
YEAR: 1972
STATUS: Active, In-Service
MANUFACTURER(S): Bell Helicopter - USA
OPERATORS: Ecuador (retired); Iran; Oman (retired); United Arab Emirates

Unless otherwise noted the presented statistics below pertain to the Bell Model 214 model. Common measurements, and their respective conversions, are shown when possible.
LENGTH: 48.06 feet (14.65 meters)
WIDTH: 50.03 feet (15.25 meters)
HEIGHT: 12.80 feet (3.9 meters)
WEIGHT (EMPTY): 7,595 pounds (3,445 kilograms)
WEIGHT (MTOW): 13,669 pounds (6,200 kilograms)
ENGINE: 1 x Lycoming LTC4B-8D turboshaft engine developing 2,930 horsepower and driving a two-bladed main rotor and two-bladed tail rotor.
SPEED (MAX): 162 miles-per-hour (260 kilometers-per-hour; 140 knots)
RANGE: 295 miles (475 kilometers; 256 nautical miles)
CEILING: 16,404 feet (5,000 meters; 3.11 miles)


Series Model Variants
• Model 214 - Base Series Designation
• Model 214 "Huey Plus" - Prototype model fitted with Lycoming T53-L-270 turboshaft engine of 1,900 horsepower.
• Model 214A "Isfahan" - Iranian Army model
• Model 214C "Isfahan" - Iranian Army model outfitted for Search and Rescue sorties.
• Model 214B "BigLifter" - Heavy-duty model with Lycoming T5508D turboshaft engine of 2,930 horsepower.
• Model 214B-1 - Model 214B with 12,500 gross weight restriction.


Detailing the development and operational history of the Bell Model 214 Medium-Lift Utility Helicopter.  Entry last updated on 8/7/2018. Authored by Staff Writer. Content ©
The Bell Helicopter "Huey" medium-lift line proved a huge military and commercial success for the company when it was introduced in 1959 and ultimately proven through combat actions in the Vietnam War (1955-1975). A slew of offshoots then emerged, each owing much to the original brilliant design, and these were taken into service across many public and private sectors including VIP transport, firefighting, Search And Rescue (SAR) and law enforcement. In 1972, another version of the successful rotary-wing product emerged as the Bell Model 214 ("Huey Plus") and, this too, was intended to fulfill the lucrative medium-lift utility role. A first flight was recorded in 1972 and production spanned from 1970 until 1981.

Like other Bell Helicopter variants, the Bell 214 held origins in the Model 205 which was itself a larger, more powerful, form of the Model 204. These were single-engine models with twin-bladed main rotors and tail rotors. The Model 214, however, was flown for the first time with the Lycoming T53-L-702 engine rated at 1,900 horsepower and the production-minded Model 214A switched to the Lycoming LTC4B-8 engine of 2,930 horsepower.

The Model 214A was showcased to the nation of Iran for its army service (to serve as the "Isfahan") and an order for 287 was placed with plans for local production on the part of the Iranians. A fleet of Model 214A/C helicopters (C-models were outfitted for SAR work) was delivered but the Iranian Revolution of 1979 terminated the Iranian local license production aspect of the deal.

The Model 214A featured a crew of one or two seated side-by-side with a capability to shuttle fourteen passengers or six patient litters (or cargo if properly configured). Overall length of the aircraft reached 48 feet with a rotor diameter of 50 feet and a height of 12.9 feet. Empty weight was 7,600lb against an MTOW of 15,000lb with power coming from the Lycoming LTC4B-8D turboshaft engine (2,930 horsepower). Performance included a cruise speed of 162 miles per hour, a range out to 255 miles and a service ceiling up to 16,400 feet.

Bell continued to actively market their Model 214 and revealed the Model 214B "BigLifter" of 1976 based on the Model 214A for civilian sectors. The aircraft came equipped with the Lycoming T5508D of 2,930 horsepower and intended for heavier-duty hauling service. Seventy were built to this standard. The Model 214B-1 was based in the Model 214B but restricted to a 12,500 gross weight.

The Model 214 did not prove as popular as other Bell Helicopter entries for, beyond the Iranian military, it only found homes in the Army of Ecuador and in the air forces of Oman and the United Arab Emirates. Fewer than thirty are thought to be active today (2017).


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Relative Maximum Speed
Hi: 200mph
Lo: 100mph
This entry's maximum listed speed (162mph).

Graph average of 150 miles-per-hour.
City-to-City Ranges
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Unit Production (400)
Comm. Market HI*: 44,000 units
Military Market HI**: 36,183 units

  * Commercial Market High belongs to Cessna 172.

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

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Supported Roles
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A2A=Air-to-Air; UAV=Unmanned; CAS=Close Support; ASW=Anti-Submarine; AEW=Airborne Early Warning; MEDEVAC=Medical Evac; EW=Electronic Warfare; SAR=Search-Rescue
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
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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
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Military lapel ribbon for the attack on Pearl Harbor
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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 War
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