cap Posted March 10, 2008 Report Share Posted March 10, 2008 Freefall et al --------the first "A" Models had the instrument panel from the Bell 47G4A Models.......staright up and down rectangle with no 'branching-out' to the left and right above the radio cluster. Ergo, seeing out through the chin bubbles was a total 'non-issue' of any type, no matter how tall tou sat. Up until about '71, ALL Bell 206 fuselages were built by Agusta Bell in Italy and shipped to the US for add-on assemblies. What panel was used for the US Army version I cannot tell you. Saw one in 'Nam from a distance, but it had been parked for months. It was pretty useless at the humidexes that we had to operate at. It wouldn't have lasted long up in "I" Corps in the north where I was stationed. CF-IAN was originally an eastern Canadian a/c and if memory serves me correctly, she ended -up back there and met her death in the water, off-of a wharf at Ontario Place when someone attempted to steal her one night. I had time logged on her and that would be 'way back when' she operated with Pegusis Helicopters, Oakville, Ont (later to merge with Dominion Helicopters Ltd, King City, Ont. to form Dominion-Pegusis Hel., King City, Ont). The first "A's" had hydraulicly 'booted' pedals as SOB mentioned. They were greatly disliked by many, but Yours Truly liked them alot. You could move either pedal by almost just thinking about it. They carried a bad reputation because there was a 206 operated at EXPO in Montral in '67 and it had a pedal 'jam' forward with 5 pax onboard and ended-up 'going in' nose down and killing everyone onbioard at the EXPO site. Leaving the seat with the a/c running at idle was not the smartest thing one could do because either pedal could 'walk' full forward and then the a/c wanted to do a 360 'dosy-doe' on the ground.....on the same spot. Having spent a lot of time at that point on the UH-1D, I was in the habit of turning "OFF" the hydraulics anyway, but for those without any Medium time, they had to learn the 'hard-way'. The oldest a/c that I personally flew with OKie, many years later, was CF-OKN and I believe her s/n was 65. and she had an E/W at that time of around 1,525lbs. Good questions guys and made me test the 'memory cells'. ** Just an add-on that might interest some that don't date back that far............the 206 M/R blades back then, only had the outer trim tabs on the blades and the inner trim jabs didn't exist. Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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