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Bell CH-136 KIOWA

The Bell Kiowa was a significant improvement over the Hiller helicopter in both the light observation army cooperation and training roles. There was room for four in relative comfort. A high inertia rotor system and a light-weight turbine engine provided much needed modernization and performance.

The helicopter provided excellent handling characteristics and reliability in the training role although high temperature, and high density altitude operations were less than satisfactory. With the acquisition of the CH-139 Jet Ranger for the basic helicopter school the remaining Kiowa's were handed to the reserves.

The helicopter also provided valuable operational service in Europe and in Canada with both regular force and reserve units. The Kiowa was retired in 1996.

aircraft specifications
CDN Reg: CH-136
US/NATO Reg.: OH-58
Manufacturer: Bell Helicopter Textron
Crew / Passengers: 2 crew (pilots or pilot/observer) plus two passengers
Power Plant(s): Allison 250 C-18 317 SHP turbine engine
Performance: Max Speed: 138 mph (222 km/h) Cruising Speed: 117 mph (188 km/h) Service Ceiling:19,000 ft (5,791 m) Range: 356 mi (573 km) Hover Ceiling: 6,000 ft ( 1,829 m)
Weights: Empty: 1,583 lb (718 kg) Gross: 3,000 lbs (1,360 kg)
Dimensions: Rotor Dia: 35 ft 4 in (10.77 m) Length: 40 ft 11 ¾ in (12.49 m) Height: 9 ft 6 ½ in (2.90 m) Disc Area: 978.8 sq ft (90.93 sq m)
Armament: Provisions for light 7.62mm machine guns & target marking rockets (unguided)
Bell CH-136 Kiowa of No. 403 Squadron showing the seldom used mini-chain gun (CF Photo)

CH-136 Kiowa

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