Chopper 1 (1974)

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Chopper 1
Chopper 1 1974.jpg
N316RC
Overview
Year 1974; 45 years ago (1974)
Manufacturer Bell
Type Aircraft
Chronology
Predecessor 1963 Bell Helicopter (H-1)
At-a-Glance
Model 206B Jet Ranger II
Sub Type Helicopter
Serial Number 1268
Cost $148,000
Notable Dates
In Service 1986

General

  • Apparatus Type: Aircraft
  • Apparatus Sub Type: Helicopter
  • Manufacturer: Bell
  • Year: 1974
  • Serial Number: 1268
  • Color: White and blue with red striping (originally yellow)
  • Dept. Designation: N316RC

Chassis/Cab

  • Model: 206B Jet Ranger II
  • Crew Capacity: 5
  • Doors: 4

Drivetrain

  • Propulsion: Turboshaft (gas turbine)
  • Engine Make/Model: Allison 250-C20B
  • Engine Specs: 420 SHP

Body

Equipment

Dimensions

Construction

  • Purchased From: Utility company in Canada
  • Purchase Date: 1986
  • Purchase Price: $148,000 (equivalent to $338,279 in 2018)

Disposition

  • In Service Date: 1986
  • Misc. History: Refurbished between June 2012 and April 2014 by Sterling Helicopter in Philadelphia, PA. Engine was overhauled, as well as replacement of tail boom, landing skid, and skid floats. Total cost of refurbishment was $320,000, paid for with seized asset funds.