BELL OH-58 KIOWA

OH-58 SERVICE

Manufacturer: Bell Helicopter Co., Textron Corp., Fort Worth, Texas, USA
(In 1976, became Bell Helicopter Textron, Textron Inc.)
Models: Model 206, 406
Designations: H-58 (OH-58); H-57 (TH-57), H-67 (TH-67), HO-4,
H-4 (OH-4), CH-136 / CH-139 (CAF)
Names: Kiowa; Creek (TH-67A), Kiowa Warrior (OH-58D),
Sea Ranger (TH-57)
First official flight: (YOH-4A) 08/12/1962
Factory production period: 1961 - 2007
Primary service period: 1969 - 2016
Last official flight: (OH-58D) 15/04/2016

OH-58 VARIANTS

Based on the civil Bell 206 Jet Ranger, ff: 10/01/1966, built from 1965 - 2010 as the 1966
206A Jet Ranger (c/n: 1 / 715), 1970 206B Jet Ranger II (c/n: 716 / 2211) and 1977 206B /
206B-3 Jet Ranger III (c/n: 2212 / 4690). License built in Italy as the Agusta-Bell AB.206
Jet Ranger from 1967. Many foreign military orders among these batches.

1962 Model 206 YOH-4A 8 Total: 0008
         
1968 Model 206A-1/B-1 OH-58A 2270  
1971 Model 206A-1 COH-58A 74  
1976 Model 206A-1 OH-58B 38 Total: 2382
         
1968 Model 206A-1 TH-57A 40  
1986 Model 206B-3 TH-57B 51  
1982 Model 206B-3 TH-57C 89 Total: 0180
         
1981 Model 206B-3 CH-139 14 Total: 0014

Grand Total: 2584

1993 Foreign built - Canada:
Model 206B-3
TH-67A 213 Grand Total: 0213

OH-58 PRODUCTION

YOH-4A
Prototype, single-engined, 2-bladed
rotor, light observation helicopter
for US Army. 3 with civil regs.
Original designation was YHO-4.
Produced 1961 - 1962

Bell Fort Worth, Texas (BF)

N73999, N93917 (civil reg.) 1, 2    
N73933 (civil reg.) 3    
62-4202 / 62-4206 4 / 8 8 Total: 0008

OH-58A
Redesigned fuselage based on civil Model
206, engine / rotor upgrade. US supplied
kits for Australian assembled version with
local model number CA-32 (Model 206B-1).
First 2 as civil test helicopters.
Produced 1968 - 1977

Bell Fort Worth, Texas (BF)

N4782R, N4783R (civil reg.) 39998, 39999 2  
68-16687 / 68-16986 40001 / 40300    
69-16080 / 69-16397 40301 / 40600    
70-15050 / 70-15649 40601 / 41200    
71-20340 / 71-20865 41201 / 41726    
72-21061 / 72-21460 41727 / 42126    
73-21861 / 73-21934 42127 / 42200 2200  
(Australia - RAAF) A17-001 / A17-012 44501 / 44512 12  
(Spain) HR.12B-6 / HR.12B-17 42224 / 42235 12  

Foreign assembled - Australia:
Commonwealth Aircraft Corp. (CAC), Melbourne, Victoria, Australia

(RAAF) A17-013 / A17-056 44513 / 44556 (CA32-13 / CA32-56) 44 Total: 2270

COH-58A
As OH-58A, export version for Canada.
CAF designation: CH-136.
Produced 1971 - 1972

Bell Fort Worth, Texas (BF)

71-20866 / 71-20939
Delivered as:
(CAF) 136201 / 136274
44001 / 44074 74 Total: 0074

OH-58B
As OH-58A, export version.
Produced

Bell Fort Worth, Texas (BF)

(Austria) 3C-OA / 3C-OL 42239 / 42250 12  
(Israel) 123 / 145 42201 / 42223 23  
(Turkey) 10426 / 10428 42236 / 42238 3 Total: 0038

TH-57A Sea Ranger
As OH-58A, trainer version for US Navy.
Produced 1968

Bell Fort Worth, Texas (BF)

BuNo.157355 / 157394 5001 / 5040 40 Total: 0040

TH-57B Sea Ranger
As TH-57A, engine / avionics upgrade.
Produced

Bell Fort Worth, Texas (BF)

BuNo.161695 / 161701 mixed 3437 to 3545    
BuNo.162803 / 162810 3828 / 3835    
BuNo.163312 / 163347 3882 / 3917 51 Total: 0051

TH-57C Sea Ranger
As TH-58B, engine / avionics (IFR) upgrade.
Produced

Bell Fort Worth, Texas (BF)

BuNo.162013 / 162067 mixed 3572 to 3742    
BuNo.162666 / 162686 mixed 3747 to 3781    
BuNo.162811 / 162823 3836 / 3848 89 Total: 0089

CH-139
As civil Model 206B-3, export version
for Canada. All given Canadian civil
reg.'s in 1992.
Produced 1980 - 1981

Bell Fort Worth, Texas

(CAF) 139301 / 139314 mixed 3324 to 3391 14 Total: 0014

 

Grand Total: 2584

Foreign built - Canada:
TH-67A Creek
As civil Model 206B-3, trainer version for US
Army, prototype was designated as YTH-67A.
US Army deliveries only with a US civil reg.
Produced 1993 - 2007

Bell Canada, Mirabel, Quebec, Canada

civil reg. 5101 / 5237    
civil reg. 5268 / 5313 183  
(Taiwan) 201 / 230 5238 / 5267 30 Grand Total: 0213

OH-58 CONVERSIONS

US Army

GOH-58A 24 OH-58A, conversions to ground instruction duties.
JOH-58A 3 OH-58A, temporary conversions for test duties.
OH-58C 438 OH-58A, 1976, engine upgrade, flat windscreen and various
internal improvements. First 3 were prototypes.
Sub variants: OH-58C(FG), OH-58C(RG).
(GOH-58C) 5 OH-58C, conversions to ground instruction duties.
(JOH-58C) 2 OH-58C, temporary conversions for test duties.
OH-58D 641 Model 406, Kiowa Warrior
OH-58A/C, 1983-2016, remanufactured close-combat air support / scout
version. Engine upgrade, 4-bladed rotor, mast mounted "ball" sight with
various sensors, avionics upgrade. From 1988 had armament fitted with
unofficial designation: AH-58D. 601 to US Army, 40 to Taiwan.
Same s/n:                 New c/n:
68-16748, 68-16754   43001, 43002
69-16139, 69-16322   43003, 43004
69-16285                   43005
New s/n:                    New c/n:
83-24129 / 83-24144   43006 / 43021
85-24690 / 85-24733   43022 / 43065
86-08901 / 86-08939   43066 / 43104
87-00725 / 87-00760   43105 / 43140
88-00285 / 88-00320   43141 / 43176
89-00082 / 89-00117   43177 / 43212
90-00346 / 90-00381   43213 / 43248
91-00536 / 91-00571   43249 / 43284
92-00518 / 92-00545   48499 / 48526
92-00571 / 92-00606   43285 / 43320
93-00935 / 93-00970   43321 / 43356
93-00971 / 93-01008   48527 / 48564
93-01009 / 93-01035   44101 / 44127
- 27 to Taiwan as 600 / 626.
94-00050 / 94-00064   43357 / 43371
94-00149 / 94-00167   48400 / 48418
94-00168 / 94-00186   48565 / 48583
95-00002 / 95-00006   48612 / 48616 (not confirmed)
95-00007 / 95-00034   48584 / 48611 (not confirmed)
95-00035 / 95-00039   48422 / 48426
95-00072 / 95-00087   43372 / 43387
96-00009 / 96-00041   48617 / 48649
96-00113 / 96-00128   43388 / 43403
97-00124 / 97-00136   43404 / 43416
97-01321 / 97-01330   48427 / 48436
98-00058 / 98-00070   44128 / 44140
- 13 to Taiwan as 627 / 639.
(GOH-58D) 1 OH-58D, conversion to ground instruction duties.
(OH-58D(I)) 290 OH-58D, 1997, Improved Production Aircraft upgrades with
engine upgrade, new avionics and armament options.
(OH-58D(R)) 139 OH-58D(I), 1998, various safety feature improvements.
(OH-58F) 1 OH-58D(93-00960), 2013, major avionics / sensor upgrade, nose-
mounted sensor. 368 OH-58D conversions cancelled.
(OH-58X) 1 OH-58D(69-16322), part-stealth electronics upgrade prototype.
Model 406CS 1 Combat Scout
Model 206B-3 (c/n: 2500), 1984, armed demonstrator prototype as
N2500B (civil reg.). 15 delivered to Saudi Arabia in 1990.

FOREIGN MILITARY SERVICE
 - OH-58 delivered new for military service with Australia, Austria, Canada,
   Israel, Spain and Taiwan.
 - OH-58D delivered second hand to Croatia and Tunisia.
 - Military export Model 206 delivered both new and second hand to many
   air forces worldwide in the training and aerial observation roles.

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