BELL H-13 SIOUX

H-13 SERVICE

Manufacturer: Bell Aircraft Corp., Buffalo, New York, USA
(In 1951, became Bell Helicopter Corp. of Bell Aircraft Corp., Fort Worth, Texas, USA)
(In 1960, became Bell Helicopter Co., Textron Corp.)
Models: Model 47, 201, 207
Designations: H-13 (OH-13, UH-13); HTL; HUL; R-13
Names: Sioux; Sioux Scout (Model 207), Bellairus (Model 47H),
Ranger (Model 47J)
First official flight: (Model 47) 08/12/1945
Factory production period: 1945 - 1973
Primary service period: 1946 - 1976
Last official flight: ?

H-13 VARIANTS

1945 Model 47 Model 47 11 Total: 0011
         
1946 Model 47B Model 47B 78  
1948 Model 47D Model 47D 195  
1953 Model 47G Model 47G 1962  
1955 Model 47H Model 47H 33  
1957 Model 47J Model 47J 314 Total: 2582
         
1946 Model 47A XR-13 28  
1948 Model 47D H-13B 65  
1951 Model 47D-1 H-13D 87  
1951 Model 47D-1 H-13E 490  
1953 Model 47G H-13G 265  
1955 Model 47G-2 H-13H 470  
1957 Model 47J-1 H-13J 2  
1963 Model 47G-3B OH-13S 396  
1963 Model 47G-3B-2 TH-13T 419 Total: 2222
         
1949 Model 47D HTL-2 12  
1950 Model 47E HTL-3 12  
1950 Model 47D-1 HTL-4 46  
1951 Model 47D-1 HTL-5 36  
1955 Model 47G HTL-6 48  
1958 Model 47K HTL-7 18 Total: 0172
         
1955 Model 47J HUL-1 28  
? Model 47L HUL-1M 2 Total: 0030

Grand Total: 5017

1965 Foreign built - England:
Model 47G-3B-1
Sioux AH.Mk. 1 222  
1967 Model 47G-3B-1 Sioux HT.Mk. 2 15  
1969 Model 47G-4A Model 47G-4A 16 Total: 0253
1964 Foreign built - Italy:
Model 47G
Model 47G 506  
1964 Model 47J Model 47J 275 Total: 0781
1964 Foreign built - Japan:
Model 47D / G
Model 47D / G 543 Total: 0543

Grand Total: 1577

GRAND TOTAL: 6594

H-13 PRODUCTION

Civil Helicopters

Model 47 / 47B / 47D / 47G / 47H / 47J
Prototype commercial utility helicopter. C/n:
mixed 1 to 7976, 25001 / 25160 including
both civil and military export versions.
Model 47B had a "car" style fuselage design.
Model 47D / G introduced the classic design
features: large bubble canopy, open tail boom
and on the G model twin podded fuel tanks.
Model 47H / J were luxury versions.
Produced 1945 - 1973

Bell Buffalo, New York

Model 47 11  
Model 47B / -2 / -3 78  

Bell Fort Worth, Texas

Model 47D / -1 195  
Model 47G 208  
Model 47G-2 / -2A / -2A-1 410  
Model 47G-3 / -3B / -3B-1 / -3B-2 / -3B-2A 653  
Model 47G-4 / -4A 355  
Model 47G-5 / -5A 336  
Model 47H / -1 Bellairus 33  
Model 47J / -2 / -2A Ranger 314 Total: 2593


The author seated in a Malaysian Bell Model 47G-5A, RMAF s/n: M26-08.
The RMAF operated 9 of these choppers from 1974 to 1998, the blue
square with yellow star is the RMAF insignia. The podded
fuel tanks on the Model 47G hold 43 US Gal. each.
RMAF Museum, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, 2000.


The instrument panel on M26-08.
RMAF Museum, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, 2000.

Military Helicopters

XR-13
Prototype single-engined, 2-bladed rotor,
2-seater, utility helicopter for US Army.
Bubble canopy, dual controls, 4-wheeled u/c.
10 to USN as HTL-1, BuNo. 122452 / 122461,
with 2 later to USCG. Redesignated as
YH-13 in 1948.
Produced

Bell Buffalo, New York (BE)

46-227 / 46-254 1 / 28 28 Total: 0028

H-13B
As YH-13, bubble canopy with
removable top, engine upgrade.
Produced

Bell Buffalo, New York (BE)

48-796 / 48-799 101 / 104    
48-800 / 48-820 80 / 100    
48-821 / 48-860 105 / 144 65 Total: 0065

H-13D
As H-13C, classic design features
introduced: 3-seater bubble canopy,
open tail boom, skid u/c, engine upgrade,
single controls.
Produced

Bell Fort Worth, Texas (BF)

51-2446 / 51-2531 184 / 327    
51-16642 ? 87 Total: 0087

H-13E
As H-13D, dual controls.
Produced

Bell Fort Worth, Texas (BF)

51-13742 / 51-14231 mixed 328 to 1006 490 Total: 0490

H-13G
As H-13E, boom elevator, dual
podded fuel tanks, single controls.
Produced

Bell Fort Worth, Texas (BF)

51-14232 / 51-14241 1007 / 1016    
52-7790 / 52-7993 mixed 1017 to 1271    
53-3654 / 53-3674 mixed 1168 to 1212    
53-3785 / 53-3814 mixed 1223 to 1262 265 Total: 0265

H-13H
As H-13G, engine upgrade,
curved skids, dual controls.
Produced

Bell Fort Worth, Texas (BF)

55-3355, 55-3356 1326, 1327    
55-4613 / 55-4633 1642 / 1662    
56-2161 / 56-2244 1873 / 1956    
57-1792 / 57-1875 2030 / 2113    
57-6203 / 57-6244 2132 / 2173    
58-1497 / 58-1552 2261 / 2316    
58-5304 / 58-5395 2317 / 2408    
58-6984 / 58-6998
- 15 to Austria as 3B-HA / -HO.
2479 / 2493    
59-4911 / 59-4972 2494 / 2555    
60-6035 / 60-6046 2682 / 2693 470 Total: 0470

H-13J Ranger
As H-13H, 4-seater redesigned canopy,
tail boom, engine upgrade. Acquired by
USAF for Presidential duties.
Also designated as VH-13J.
Produced

Bell Fort Worth, Texas (BF)

57-2728, 57-2729 1575, 1576 2 Total: 0002

OH-13S
As H-13H, engine upgrade, longer
boom and rotors.
Produced

Bell Fort Worth, Texas (BF)

63-9072 / 63-9221 2958 / 3107    
63-13668 / 63-13685 3168 / 3185    
64-15318 / 64-15432 3186 / 3300    
65-13005 / 65-13020 mixed 3901 to 3916    
66-15998, 66-15999 3917, 3918    
67-15870 / 67-15908 3919 / 3957    
69-16380 / 69-16391 3958 / 3969    
69-19590 / 69-19633 3970 / 4013 396 Total: 0396
152 additional airframes cancelled.

TH-13T
As OH-13S, instrument trainer version
for USAF, engine / avionics upgrade.
Produced

Bell Fort Worth, Texas (BF)

64-17845 / 64-17904 3411 / 3470    
65-8038 / 65-8080 3471 / 3513    
66-4273 / 66-4298 3514 / 3539    
66-8040 / 66-8130 3540 / 3630    
67-15912 / 67-15965 3631 / 3684    
67-17003 / 67-17143 mixed 3685 to 3850    
67-17882 / 67-17885 ? 419 Total: 0419
1 additional airframe cancelled.

HTL-2
As H-13B, US Navy trainer.
Produced 1949

Bell Fort Worth, Texas (L)

BuNo.122952 / 122963 59 / 70 12 Total: 0012

HTL-3
As H-13D, US Navy trainer.
Produced 1950 - 1951

Bell Fort Worth, Texas (L)

BuNo.124561 / 124569 165 / 173    
BuNo.144693 / 144695
- 3 to Brazil.
? 12 Total: 0012

HTL-4
As HTL-3, dual controls.
Produced 1950 - 1951

Bell Fort Worth, Texas (L)

BuNo.128621 / 128636
- 1 to USCG.
mixed 182 to 219    
BuNo.128887 / 128916 ? 46 Total: 0046

HTL-5
As H-13E, US Navy trainer,
4-wheeled u/c.
Produced 1951 - 1952

Bell Fort Worth, Texas (L)

BuNo.129942 / 129977
- 3 to USCG as 1268 / 1270.
mixed 403 to 476 36 Total: 0036

HTL-6
As H-13G, US Navy trainer,
dual controls.
Produced 1955 - 1956

Bell Fort Worth, Texas (L)

BuNo.142373 / 142396
- 1 to RCN as 1387.
mixed 1331 to 1510    
BuNo.143148 / 143171 1663 / 1686 48 Total: 0048

HTL-7
As H-13J, smaller US Navy
2-seater trainer. 2 to USCG.
Produced 1958

Bell Fort Worth, Texas (L)

BuNo.145837 / 145854 2114 / 2131 18 Total: 0018

HUL-1
As H-13J, US Navy 4-seater
utility version.
Produced

Bell Fort Worth, Texas (L)

BuNo.142364 / 142372 1419, 1594 / 1601    
BuNo.143134 / 143147 1602 / 1615    
BuNo.147578 / 147581 ?    
BuNo.148277
- Export order.
? 28 Total: 0028
1 additional airframe cancelled.

HUL-1M
As HUL-1, turbine engine upgrade.
Produced

Bell Fort Worth, Texas (L)

BuNo.149838, 149839 1832, 1833 2 Total: 0002

HUL-2 - Proposed turboshaft version of the HUL-1, cancelled.

Grand Total: 5017

Foreign built - England:
Sioux Series
Military / civil version.
Produced 1965 - 1969

Westland Helicopters Ltd., Yeovil,
Somerset, England

Sioux AH.Mk. 1
1965, for British Army.

(British Army) XT151 / XT250 WA310 / WA409    
(British Army) XT498 / XT516 WA410 / WA428    
(British Army) XT540 / XT570 WA429 / WA459    
(British Army) XT798 / XT820 WA505 / WA527    
(British Army) XT824 WA579    
(British Army) XT825 / XT838 WA586 / WA599    
(British Army) XT839 / XT849 WA601 / WA611    
(British Army) XW179 / XW195 WA699 / WA715 216  
(South Yemen) 401 / 406 WA580 / WA585 6  

Sioux HT.Mk. 2
1967, dual-control trainer version.

(British Army) XV310 / XV324 WA564 / WA578 15  

Model 47G-4A
1969, commercial version for Bristow
Helicopters to train Army pilots.

civil reg. WA716 / WA731 16 Total: 0253

Foreign built - Italy:
Model 47G / 47J Series
Model 47G / J for military
and civil service.
Produced 1964 - 1979

(Agusta-Bell)
Costruzioni Aeronautiche Giovanni Agusta SpA,
Gallarate, Italy

Model AB.47G
Model AB.47G-1
/ -2 / -2A-1
civil / mil reg. 001 / 304 304  
Model AB.47G-3 / -3B / -3B-1 Super Alpino
civil / mil reg.
- 50 to British Army as Sioux
AH.Mk. 1
, XT101 / XT150.
1501 / 1643 143  
Model AB.47G-4 / -4A
civil / mil reg. 2501 / 2559 59  
Model AB.47J-2 Ranger
Model AB.47J-3 Super Ranger
Model AB.47J-3B-1 Ranger
civil / mil reg. 1001 / 1152    
civil / mil reg. 2001 / 2123 275 Total: 0871

Foreign built - Japan:
Model 47D / 47G Series
Model 47D / G for military
and civil service.
Produced 1964 - 1976

Kawasaki Heavy Industries Ltd., Gifu, Japan

Model 47D-1 / 47G-2 / -2A
1964, Model D / G version.
civil / mil reg.
- 75 G-2 to JGSDF as 30101 / 30175.
101 / 280    
civil / mil reg.
- 8 G-2A to JMSDF as 8751 / 8758.
501 / 533    
civil / mil reg. 0000    
civil / mil reg. 1001 / 1024 338  
Model 47G-3B-KH-4
4-seater version, larger cabin.
5 converted from Model 47G-2 with
new c/n: 2090, 2112, 2179 / 2181.
1 upgraded to KHR-1 in 1968.
civil / mil reg.
- 19 to JGSDF as 30201 / 30219.
2000 / 2210 205 Total: 0543

 

Grand Total: 1577


The RNZAF operates 6 Bell Model 47G-3B-1 and
7 Model 47G-3B-2 helicopters in the training role in New Zealand.
Although 8 have been lost to accidents, 5 still fly as primary trainers.
Pictured here is a composite airframe made up of two crashed
machines with RNZAF instructional number, INSTR221, it serves
as a ground instructional aircraft and does not fly.
Classic Fighters Omaka Airshow, New Zealand, 2005.

H-13 CONVERSIONS

US Army

YR-13A 3 XR-13, 1947, conversions for cold weather duties.
(YH-13A) 3 1948, redesignation of the YR-13A.
YH-13C 1 H-13B, 1950, rear fuselage coverings removed, skid u/c.
H-13C 15 H-13B, 1950, same as YH-13C, addition of external stretchers.
XH-13F 1 Model 201
H-13G(52-7974), 1955, prototype with turbine engine upgrade.
H-13K 2 H-13H, 1960, engine upgrade / larger rotor for altitude tests.
Model 207 1 Sioux Scout
Model 47J-2 / OH-13S, 1963, prototype 2-seater gunship,
engine upgrade, assigned civil reg.: N73927.
Sioux Scout 1+ OH-13S, 1965-1971, generic name for Vietnam gunship conversions.
Sioux Warrior 1+ various H-13, 1953, generic name for various armed conversions.

USCG

HUL-1G

2

HUL-1, 1959, diversions to the USCG as 1337, 1338.

US Army / USAF / US Navy (1962 redesignations)

OH-13D 1+ 1962, US Army redesignation of the H-13D.
OH-13E 1+ 1962, US Army redesignation of the H-13E.
OH-13G 1+ 1962, US Army redesignation of the H-13G.
OH-13H 1+ 1962, US Army redesignation of the H-13H.
UH-13H 1+ 1962, USAF redesignation of the H-13H.
UH-13J 2 1962, USAF redesignation of the H-13J.
OH-13K 1+ 1962, US Army redesignation of the H-13K.
TH-13L 1+ 1962, US Navy redesignation of the HTL-4 / -5.
TH-13M 1+ 1962, US Navy redesignation of the HTL-6.
TH-13N 1+ 1962, US Navy redesignation of the HTL-7.
(HH-13N) 2 1962-1968, USCG redesignation of the TH-13N.
UH-13P 1+ 1962, US Navy redesignation of the HUL-1.
HH-13Q 2 1962, USCG redesignation of the HUL-1G.
UH-13R 2 1962, US Navy redesignation of the HUL-1M.

FOREIGN MILITARY / CIVILIAN SERVICE
 - The Bell Model 47 has become a classic helicopter design in both it's civil
   and military role with many still serving today in many parts of the world.
 - Experimental conversions included the Rigid Rotor, Vertol 76 (VZ-2)
   and Wing Ding. Some also to NASA for tests and training.
 - Civil upgrades included the Carson Super C-4, Continental Copters El
   Tomcat, Texas Helicopters M-79T Hornet, Agusta A.115 and Elicotteri
   Meridionali EMA.124.

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