In 1946, the Bell Aircraft Corporation became the first company in the western world to receive a license for civilian use of helicopters. Its highly successful Model 47 became a mainstay of the helicopter industry – over 5600 were produced.
- Rotor Diameter: 11.33 m
- Length: 9.63 m
- Powerplant: 1 x Lycoming TVO-435-F1A 6-cyl horizontally opposed engine (210 kW)
- Maximum Speed: 169 km/h
- Cruise Speed: 135 km/h
- Range: 396 km
- Crew: 1
- Passengers: 1
Excerpt from Alberta Aviation Museum – 30 Years of Progress
Associated Helicopter’s pontoon-equipped Bell 47 was the first helicopter in Alberta and only the 3rd or 4th in Canada. Prospecting firms immediately leapt at the chance to hire out Associated’s machine, recognizing its ability to transport surveyors to previously inaccessible areas of Alberta’s vast north, filled with muskeg swamps and boreal forest. This success allowed Fox to build Associated Helicopter’s feet to 26 aircraft before selling the company to Neonex International in 1969.
The Alberta Aviation Museum’s volunteer restoration team assembled our Bell 47G from a frame and surplus parts under Pat Sauriol’s direction.
You can learn more about this aircraft by purchasing a copy of our 30th Anniversary Souvenir Book or by visiting the museum today!