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Bell 201

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Bell 201/XH-13F
Bell 201/XH-13F in a hover
Type Multipurpose light helicopter
Manufacturer Bell Helicopter
Maiden 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.[1] The Bell 201/XH-13F was Bell's first helicopter to use a turbine engine.[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 Template:Convert. The Continental engine a license-built development of the Turbomeca Artouste.[1] The 201 first flew on October 20, 1954. The helicopter finished initial flight testing and was handed over to the US Army in April 1955 for further testing.[4]



Specifications (Bell 47G)

Bell 201

General characteristics

  • Crew: Two
  • Powerplant: One Turbomeca Artouste turboshaft engine (built under license by Continental as the Model 200-T51T-3/XT51-T-3) (425 shp/ kW)

Bell 47G (for comparison)

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Data from International Directiory of Civil Aircraft[5]

General characteristics

  • Crew: Three
  • Length: 31.6 ft (9.63 m)
  • Rotor diameter: 37.2 ft (11.32 m)
  • Height: 9.28 ft (2.83)
  • Disc area: 1,085 ft² (m100.8 m²)
  • Empty weight: 1,893 lb (858 kg)
  • Max takeoff weight: 2,950 lb (1,340 kg)
  • Powerplant: 1× Lycoming TVO-435-F1A Flat-6 piston engine, 280 hp (210 kW)


  • Maximum speed: 91 kt (105 mph, 169 km/h)
  • Cruise speed: 73 kt (84 mph, 135 km/h) at 5,000 ft (1,525 m)
  • Range: 214 nm (245 miles, 395 km) at 6,000 ft (1,830 m)
  • Rate of climb: 860 ft/min (262 m/min)
  • Hover ceiling (absolute): 17,700 ft IGE; 12,700 ft OGE (5,400 m IGE; 3900 m OGE)


  1. 1.0 1.1 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'". US Centennial of Flight.
  3. Apostolo, Giorgio. The Illustrated Encyclopedia of Helicopters, pp. 46-47. New York: Bonanza Books. 1984. ISBN 9780517439357.
  4. Spenser, Jay P. "Bell Helicopter". Whirlybirds, A History of the U.S. Helicopter Pioneers. University of Washington Press, 1998. ISBN 0295980583.
  5. Frawley, Gerard: The International Directiory of Civil Aircraft, 2003-2004, page 42. Aerospace Publications Pty Ltd, 2003. ISBN 1-875671-58-7

See also

Related development

Comparable aircraft

Designation sequence

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