Bell 206L-3 LongRanger
in Cyprus Air Command service

 

Key Facts

Total Delivered: 3
Total Still Active: 2
Total Now Stored: 0
Service Entry: 1993
Retirement: current
Main Role: Utility
Origin: USA

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

Pictures

None at present.

More Information

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.

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