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Bell OH-58A 'Kiowa'

Description
Notes: Single rotor, light observation vehicle (2 CREW, 2 PASSENGERS, OR 40 LBS CARGO) .
  Manufacturer:Bell
  Base model:H-58
  Designation:OH-58
  Version:A
  Nickname:Kiowa
  Designation System:U.S. Air Force
  Designation Period:1948-Present
  Basic role:Helicopter
  Modified Mission:Observation
  Crew:Pilot Co-pilot/Observer

Specifications
  Length: 32' 7" 9.9 m
  Wingspan: 35' 4" 10.7 m
  Wingarea: 978.8 sq ft 90.9 sq m
  Empty Weight: 1,464 lb 663 kg
  Gross Weight: 2,313 lb 1,048 kg
  Max Weight: 3,000 lb 1,360 kg

Propulsion
  No. of Engines: 1
  Powerplant: Allison T63-A-700 turboshaft
  Horsepower (each): 317

Performance
  Range: 299 miles 481 km
  Cruise Speed: 117 mph 188 km/h 101 kt
  Max Speed: 138 mph 222 km/h 120 kt
  Climb: 1,780 ft/min 542 m/min
  Ceiling: 18,900 ft 5,760 m

Known serial numbers
68-16687 / 68-16986, 69-16080 / 69-16379, 70-15050 / 70-15649, 71-20340 / 71-20865, 72-21061 / 72-21460 , 73-21861 / 73-21934 , 89-0082 / 89-0117 , 221252 / 221253 , 701523 , 701553 , 710388 , 710554 , 710799 , 721193 , 816695 , 816797

Examples of this type may be found at
MuseumCityState
Air Mobility Command MuseumDover AFBDelaware
United States Army Aviation MuseumOzarkAlabama

OH-58A on display

Air Mobility Command Museum

United States Army Aviation Museum
   


 

Recent comments by our visitors
 Mike Hardin
 , TX
I enlisted in 1977 and after the 67V school was assigned as a OH-58 crewchief/observer at Ft Bragg in early 1978 with B Troop 1/17 Cav. I was assigned to OH-58A #68-16937 which is close to two of the birds assigned to the United States Army Aviation Museum at Ft Rucker. It was a great bird and I treated it like it was my own personal ride. In 1981 my platoon was the first in the 82nd to receive an upgraded to the C model 58s and we flew our 58s to Corpus Christi Army Depot for rebuild. From Corpus we flew to the Bell plant in Amarillo, Texas and signed for our C model 58s. It took a week to work off the red Xs and so our first test flight. There must have been about 30 pages of red Xs on each bird (15 in all) after down grading most to circle red Xs we were cleared to ferry the birds back to Bragg were they spent the next month in intermediate maintenance at the 82 Aviation BDE. The bird I got was a Vietnam vet with bullet holes in the floor and roof thru the co-pilots/observer seat area, I always thought about that but it was a good bird and flew well.
03/18/2011 @ 15:10 [ref: 36883]
 Robert
 Enterprise, AL
Back in the '70s when the Army was doing all it could to get troops to re-enlist my father reupped in a flying OH-58.
09/27/2007 @ 13:37 [ref: 18034]
 Craig Clary
 , CA
Great Helicopter, I have about 8 flights in one of these birds and i enjoyed every one of them.
03/20/2007 @ 05:19 [ref: 15969]

 

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