|Headquarters||"Fort Worth, Texas, United States|
|Mitch Snyder, President & CEO|
Bell Helicopter Textron Inc. is an "American "aerospace manufacturer headquartered in "Fort Worth, Texas. A division of "Textron, Bell manufactures military "rotorcraft in and around Fort Worth, as well as in "Amarillo, Texas, and commercial "helicopters in "Mirabel, Quebec, "Canada. Bell provides training and support services worldwide.
The company was founded on July 10, 1935 as "Bell Aircraft Corporation by "Lawrence Dale Bell in "Buffalo, New York. The company focused on the designing and building of fighter aircraft. Their first fighters were the "XFM-1 Airacuda, a twin-engine fighter for attacking bombers, and the "P-39 Airacobra. The "P-59 Airacomet, the first American jet fighter, the "P-63 Kingcobra, the successor to the P-39, and the "Bell X-1 were also Bell products.
In 1941, Bell hired "Arthur M. Young, a talented inventor, to provide expertise for "helicopter research and development. It was the foundation for what Bell hoped would be a broader economic base for his company that was not dependent on "government contracts. The "Bell 30 was their first full-size helicopter (first flight December 29, 1942) and the "Bell 47 became the first helicopter in the world rated by a "civil aviation authority, becoming a civilian and military success.
"Textron purchased Bell Aerospace in 1960. Bell Aerospace was composed of three divisions of Bell Aircraft Corporation, including its helicopter division, which had become its only division still producing complete aircraft. The helicopter division was renamed Bell Helicopter Company and in a few years, with the success of the "UH-1 Huey during the Vietnam War, it had established itself as the largest division of Textron. In January 1976, Textron changed the name of the company again to Bell Helicopter Textron.
Bell Helicopter has a close association with "AgustaWestland. The partnership dates back to separate manufacturing and technology agreements with "Agusta ("Bell 47 and "Bell 206) and as a sublicence via Agusta with "Westland ("Bell 47). When the two European firms merged, the partnerships were retained, with the exception of the AB139, which is now known as the "AW139. As of 2014[update], Bell and AW cooperate on the "AW609 "tiltrotor.
The company was rebranded as "Bell" on February 22, 2018.
|"Bell 47||1946||1974||2,950||1.34||based on the "Bell 30 prototype, piston engine|
|"Bell 47J Ranger||1956||1967||2,950||1.34||Bell 47 executive variant|
|"Bell 204/205||1959||1980s||9,500||4.31||"Huey family civil variant, single turboshaft|
|"Bell 206||1967||current||3,200||1.45||light single or twin turboshaft|
|Bell 210||late 1970s||11,200||5.1||205B|
|"Bell 212||1968||1998||11,200||5.08||Civilian "UH-1N Twin Huey|
|"Bell 214||1972||1981||15,000||6.8||larger Huey|
|"Bell 214ST||1982||1993||17,500||7.94||medium twin derived from the 214|
|"Bell 222/230||1979||1995||8,400||3.81||light twin|
|"Bell 407||1995||current||6,000||2.72||four-blade single derived from the 206L-4|
|"Bell 412||1981||current||11,900||5.4||four-blade 212|
|"Bell 427||2000||2010||6,550||2.97||407 derived light twin|
|"Bell 429 GlobalRanger||2009||current||7,000||3.2||lengthened 427|
|"Bell 430||1995||2008||9,300||4.22||222/230 stretch|
|"Bell 525 Relentless||2018||current||20,500||9.3||in development|
|"Bell 505 Jet Ranger X||2017||current||3,680||1.67||206 development|
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