Bell OH-13E 'Sioux'

  Base model:H-13
  Designation System:U.S. Air Force
  Designation Period:1948-Present
  Basic role:Helicopter
  Modified Mission:Observation
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  Length: 41' 2.5" 12.5 m
  Height:9' 2" 2.7 m
  Wingspan: 35' 1.5" 10.7 m
  Empty Weight: 1,380 lb 625 kg
  Gross Weight: 2,078 lb 942 kg

  No. of Engines: 1
  Powerplant: Franklin O-335-5B
  Horsepower (each): 200

  Range: 214 miles 344 km
  Cruise Speed: 92 mph 148 km/h 80 kt
  Climb: 1,025 ft/min 312 m/min
  Ceiling: 13,000 ft 3,962 m

Examples of this type may be found at
National Atomic MuseumKirtland AFBNew Mexico
Patton Museum of Calvary & ArmourFt. KnoxKentucky
United States Army Aviation MuseumOzarkAlabama


Recent comments by our visitors
 Capt Tom Vasilou
 , FL
Hey john harris, the 13 would have been more fun chasing
rabbits at Los Al than the Huey! Dude!
06/10/2010 @ 20:03 [ref: 26581]
 tom bonaccorso
 titusville, FL
from late 1951-jan 1953 i was a helicopter mech. with the 47th O.L.A.A.M. co. in Quijongbu Korea, worked on the Bird Dog L-19
also, both magnificent aircraft, The bell H-13D&E had the
franklin engine air cooled,like its brother in the Tucker auto
of that era but that was with water cooled jackets,just a tidbit for the car enthusiast!,and bringing this to a close
when i left the (47th Ordinance-Light Army-Aircraft-Maintenance Co.)it was changed to47th T.A.A.M.Co
(transportation-army-Aircraft-Maintenance Co. )servicing
both rotary and fixed wing aircraft....
04/26/2008 @ 14:57 [ref: 20725]
 John M. Harris
 , CA
I was a crew chief on an OH-13E, serial number 51-13799, in 1970 & 71. The aircraft was assigned to the Army Reserve's section 1, 617th Avn Co. in Long Beach, CA. It was an old but great aircraft and the first helicopter I ever was able to actually hover (while still a PFC before I attended Army Flight School.)

Even though it has been 31 years since I was last in one, the venerable OH-13E will always be fondly remembered by me.

CW5 John Harris
02/01/2002 @ 18:03 [ref: 4231]