General Product Description
Our PlaneArts Bell 206 206B-1 Kiowa Australian Army A17-012 Model exhibits unique, unrivaled quality and detailed design to come as close as possible to the accuracy of the actual aircraft. It comes as standard with a robust, durable base or stand which is available in a variety of different finishes designed to match your own personal requirements including solid wood, wood with polished metal supports or adjustable wood wall mount and will be ready within about 8-10 weeks from placement of order.
The Bell 206 206B-1 Kiowa Australian Army A17-012 Model is made of the finest kiln dried renewable mahogany wood (commonly known as Lauan or Meranti) which has undergone many stages of carving and meticulous and careful sanding giving the beautiful finished museum quality masterpiece. Many collectors and model connoisseurs demonstrate their preference for genuine handmade and hand painted mahogany wood models rather than plastic or die cast (diecast) alternatives due to the overall look and totally different feel of the item - we trust you will find the same. We can however, if required produce the same model in Solid Cast Resin so just click and contact us for further information. Our craftsmen and gifted artisans ensure that our finely handcrafted model airplanes match the precise blueprint details of the original aircraft. The paint scheme, markings and parts are closely matched, reflecting the original aircraft. This stylish top-quality desktop replica model will surely enthrall anyone who receives this as a gift and for sure one of the most appropriate and desirably collectable gifts for any aviation enthusiast and avid aircraft collector whilst also displaying a perfect resemblance to the actual aircraft.
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Bell 206 206B-1 Kiowa Australian Army A17-012 Model Details
The Bell 206B-1 Kiowa: A Pivotal Asset for the Australian Army
While the Bell 206 is globally recognized as one of the most versatile helicopters in the world, its military variant, the Bell 206B-1 Kiowa, has a distinct identity within the Australian Army. Serving in various capacities, ranging from reconnaissance to training, the Kiowa has been an integral part of the Australian Army’s air wing. This article delves into the technical aspects, roles, and the lasting impact of the Bell 206B-1 Kiowa in the Australian military.
The Bell 206B-1 Kiowa is an advanced variant of the original Bell 206 JetRanger, tailored to meet the needs of military applications. It is powered by a Rolls-Royce 250-C30 turboshaft engine, allowing for a cruising speed of around 115 knots and a maximum range of approximately 430 miles. The aircraft can accommodate up to five occupants, including pilot and co-pilot, and is equipped with enhanced avionics systems for military operations.
Roles in the Australian Army
The primary role of the Kiowa in the Australian Army has been reconnaissance. Its agility and relatively small footprint make it ideal for covert operations and intelligence-gathering. Equipped with advanced observation tools, it can relay real-time information to ground troops.
The Bell 206B-1 Kiowa has been pivotal in pilot training within the Australian Army. Its ease of handling and robust build make it an excellent training platform, allowing pilots to transition smoothly to more complex rotary-wing aircraft.
In addition to reconnaissance and training, the Kiowa has also been deployed for light utility tasks such as cargo transport, casualty evacuation, and liaison duties. Its versatility ensures it can be adapted to a variety of roles based on mission requirements.
Though not specifically designed for special operations, the Kiowa’s adaptability has seen it involved in specialized missions, including target designation and close air support.
Legacy and Replacement
The Kiowa served the Australian Army for several decades before being replaced by newer, more advanced models. Nevertheless, its legacy as a robust, reliable, and versatile helicopter remains intact. The aircraft laid the foundation for the adoption of more specialized military helicopters within the Australian Army, including the more advanced ARH Tiger and MRH-90 Taipan.
The Bell 206B-1 Kiowa has been more than just a helicopter for the Australian Army; it’s been a reliable partner across a variety of critical roles. From reconnaissance to training, and from light utility to special operations, the Kiowa has proven its mettle. Though it has been phased out in favor of more advanced aircraft, its enduring legacy stands as a testament to its exceptional versatility and the role it played in shaping the Australian Army’s airborne capabilities.