The Bell 206 is a family light civilian utility helicopters built by Bell. The helicopter was based on the Bell YOH-4, and developed for the US Army Light Observation Helicopter program, which called for a four seat light observation helicopter.
Bell's design, which utilised the powerplant and rotor system form a Bell UH-1 Iroquois, failed in the competition, so Bell decided to modify the design into a commercial helicopter. Successfully marketed as the 206A, this became the blueprint for every light transport helicopter developed during the next 40 years..
- 206A: Initial production model
- 206B: JetRanger II: Standard production model, introduced in 1971
- OH-58 Kiowa: Military version of the 206
- World Aircraft Information Files Aviation Partwork. Midsummer Books Ltd. File 424 Sheet 1 (World Civil Aircraft:Bell 206 JetRanger family - Civilian variants)