Bell 206L-3 LongRanger
in Cyprus Air Command service

History

The Bell 206L LongRanger is used for VIP transport and liaison duties for the Cyprus Armed Forces, and can carry 6 passengers and 2 crew members.
A total of 3 aircraft were procured from Bell-Textron USA, of which 2 were Military type and 1 was civil Government type. The two military examples were delivered by 1993 (in 1990?). Other sources quote Cypriot 206L delivery dates as one in 1987 and two in 1988.
The Cypriot version of this helicopter was not previously night-capable, and this is thought to have contributed to the crash of one of the Bell 206’s in June 2002, killing several members of the Cypriot Armed Forces leadership. This aircraft is now under review pending the application of night-flight equipment, and it has not been confirmed whether or not a replacement aircraft will be procured of the same type.

Individual Details

Serial c/no. Prev. Identity Delivered Fate/Notes
110 51148 5B-ICL 1996? ex-Cyprus Govt.
111 51219   1993? photo Air Fan Oct 1995.
112 51222   1993? w/o 10 July 2002

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References

  • World Air Power Journal No.25 p.5
  • European Air Forces Directory 2003/04 (Mach III)
  • European Air Forces Directory 2005/06 (Mach III)
  • European Air Forces Directory 2012/13 (Mach III)

Other Sources

To be added.

Bell UH-1H Iroquois
in Cyprus Air Command service

History

Two Bell UH-1H Iroquois were leased from the Greek Army from March 2001 as a stop-gap pending the arrival of up to 7 new transport helicopters expected before 2005. In 2004 a further 2 examples were leased, (plus a single Italian-built AB205). They appear to have been returned to Greece in late 2005.
The Bell UH-1H is a medium-weight utility helicopter designed in the Vietnam war-era to transport up to 15 troops onto the battlefield while carrying self-defensive weapons on mounted pylons.
The Bell UH-1Hs leased from the Greek Army were later grounded after major threats of sanctions by the US, and were returned before a replacement arrived.

Individual Details

Serial c/no. Prev. Identity Delivered Fate/Notes
EΣ-617       first noted June 2004
EΣ-623     Mar 2001 first noted Oct 2002
EΣ-632       noted July 2005
EΣ-678     Mar 2001 first noted Oct 2002

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References

  • European Air Forces Directory 2003/04 (Mach III)
  • European Air Forces Directory 2005/06 (Mach III)
  • European Air Forces Directory 2012/13 (Mach III)

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To be added.

Papua New Guinea Police
use of the Bell 407

Aircraft Details

History

One new-build Bell 407 delivered in Sept 2009. Used for policing duties. Sold to a commercial operator between Jan 2013 and May 2014.


Individual Details

Serial c/no. Prev. Identity Delivered Fate/Notes
P2-POL 53338 C-GLZU Sep 2009 Sold to Helifix Operations by May 2014


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St John Papua New Guinea Ambulance Service
use of the Bell 206 JetRanger

Aircraft Details

History

One Bell 206 JetRanger obtained at an unknown date. Used by the St John Papua New Guinea Ambulance Service. Believed to be still in service in 2007. Retired at an unknown date. No information appears to be available on the identity of this helicopter.


Individual Details

Serial c/no. Prev. Identity Delivered Fate/Notes
P2-0??? n/a   ? wfu ?


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Papua New Guinea Defence Force
use of the Bell UH-1H Iroquois

Aircraft Details

History

Four UH-1H donated by Australia in August 1989 under Project Wit Koki. A fifth ex-civil example was delivered in 1992. Used by the Air Transport Wing. Retired in 1991? due to lack of funds. One returned to service in 2006, followed by a second at later date. [Note: Sources differ significantly on the exact c/n to serial tie-ups. Scramble and WAFD agree with each other, but do not match RAAF data. The latter is used here.]


Individual Details

Serial c/no. Prev. Identity Delivered Fate/Notes
P2-0401 9505 A2-505 Aug 1989  
P2-0402 9506 A2-506 Aug 1989  
P2-0403 9509 A2-509 Aug 1989  
P2-0404 9510 A2-510 Aug 1989  
P2-0405 13934 VH-UHE 1992 AE-424, VP-FBD, G-BMLA, VH-UHE


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Bell UH-1H P2-0405 (photo, Greg Kozak)


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Panama SEC Bell 407

in Panamanian National Aeronaval Service use

History

Used by the Escuadrilla Presidencial.


Individual Details

Serial c/no. Prev. Identity Delivered Fate/Notes
HP-1430 53439 w/o 19.2.2001


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None at present.

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References

  • World Air Forces Directory 2013/14 (Ian Carroll)

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To be added.

Panama AF Bell 205A Iroquois

In Panama Air Force Service

History

Used by the 2do Escuadrón Aéreo.


Individual Details

Serial c/no. Prev. Identity Delivered Fate/Notes
102(2) 30043   1976 sold as HP-895
103(3) 30044   1976 crashed near Panama City on 21.1.1991
106 30045   1976 wfu
107 30048   1976  
108 30070   1976 wfu
109 30074   1976 wfu


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References

  • Central American and Caribbean Air Forces (Daniel Hagedorn)
  • Latin-American Military Aviation (John Andrade)
  • World Air Forces Directory 2004/2005 (Ian Carroll)
  • Scramble Military Serials Americas 2007

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To be added.

Panama AF Bell 412

In Panama Air Force Service

History

Used by the 2do Escuadrón Aéreo.


Individual Details

Serial c/no. Prev. Identity Delivered Fate/Notes
1011 33091 N22797 1984 sold to HP-962 in 1985
135 36498 N354RH 1.5.2009  


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References

  • Central American and Caribbean Air Forces (Daniel Hagedorn)
  • World Air Forces Directory 2004/2005 (Ian Carroll)

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To be added.

Panama AF Bell 407

In Panama Air Force Service

History

Used by the 2do Escuadrón Aéreo.


Individual Details

Serial c/no. Prev. Identity Delivered Fate/Notes
110(2) 53496 N9180Q 2.1.2002  
112(2) n/a n/a 2009  


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References

  • World Air Forces Directory 2004/2005 (Ian Carroll)

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Panama AF Bell 212

In Panama Air Force Service

History

Used by the 2do Escuadrón Aéreo.


Individual Details

Serial c/no. Prev. Identity Delivered Fate/Notes
100 31434 n/a 1976 crashed at Calidonia on 29.5.2008,VIP transport, UH-1N
101 31246 n/a 1976 wreck to N212HT
120 31248 FAP-001 1975 stored at Tucumen
121 31271 FAP-002 1975 stored at Tucumen
122(1) n/a FAP-003 1975 wfu
122(2) n/a n/a 2003 crashed at Maraflores Airport near La Palma on 22.11.2007
123 32214 4X-BCE 2003 stored at Tucumen
124 n/a n/a 2003  
125 32216 n/a 2004 stored at Tucumen


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References

  • Central American and Caribbean Air Forces (Daniel Hagedorn)
  • Latin-American Military Aviation (John Andrade)
  • World Air Forces Directory 2004/2005 (Ian Carroll)
  • Scramble Military Serials Americas 2007

Other Sources

To be added.