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Bell 47G
Fifteen Bell 47G and Agusta-Bell AB47G-2 obtained in 1965. Used by ? sqn for helicopter pilot training. Withdrawn 1970-71 and sold abroad. No Hebrew name given.

Serial c/no. Prev. Identity Delivered Fate/Notes
      1965  
      1965  
      1965  
      1965  
      1965  
      1965  
      1965  
      1965  
      1965  
      1965  
      1965  
      1965  
      1965  
      1965  
      1965  

References:

  • to be added


Bell 205/UH-1 Iroquois
Thirty Bell-built UH-1D delivered from October 1968 (December 1967?). (Including c/ns 30011 to 30016, 30040 to 30049, 30068 to 30077). Thirty-four Agusta-built AB205A delivered when? Total of 64 acquired. Used by 123 and 124 sqns for utility transport. Eleven AB205A-1 sold Singaporean logging company, but arrived in Rhodesia in October 1978. Withdrawn from service in 1991? No Hebrew name given.

Serial c/no. Prev. Identity Delivered Fate/Notes
002 4020 62-12362   preserved Hatzerim museum
004       noted Nov 1978
005        
009 4018 62-12360   to Brazil AF 8677
010       noted 1982
011        
014       photo
017        
022        
024        
25        
26        
027       noted 1983
028       noted 1983
032       noted Apr 1986
232       noted Aug 1987
034        
234       noted Aug 1987
039       noted Mar 1978
441       noted Aug 1987
042       noted Apr 1986
043        
045       noted Mar 1978
047        
447       noted Aug 1987
051       noted 1983
353       noted Aug 1987
55        
056       noted Oct 1983
157       noted 1983
357       noted Aug 1987
058       noted Jan 1984
059        
060        
061        
062       noted Oct 1983
63        
65        
066       noted Apr 1986
067       noted Apr 1986
167       noted 1983
68        
069        
169       noted 1983
370       noted Aug 1987
071       noted Oct 1983
372       noted Aug 1987
074       noted Apr 1986
075       noted Mar 1978
77       w/o 11 Oct 1973
81        
85        
088        
378       noted Aug 1987
397       noted Aug 1987
? 30011     Bell 205A, to N43162 July 1991
? 30012     Bell 205A, to N5598L Feb 1980
? 30013     Bell 205A, to C-FHVX Apr 1990
? 30014     Bell 205A, to N5598M Feb 1980
? 30015     Bell 205A, to C-GYMM 1983
? 30016     Bell 205A, to N1347N Oct 1981
? 30040     Bell 205A, to Brazil AF 8681
? 30043     Bell 205A, to Panama 102
? 30044     Bell 205A, to Panama 106
? 30045     Bell 205A, to Panama 107
? 30048     Bell 205A, to Panama 108
? 30049     Bell 205A, to Brazil 8682
? 30069     Bell 205A, to Brazil 8683
? 30070     Bell 205A, to Panama 109
? 30074     Bell 205A, to Panama 103
? 4008     AB205A, to Brazil 8676
? 4013     AB205A
? 4014     AB205A
? 4018?     AB205A, to Brazil 8677
? 4020     AB205A
? 4025     AB205A
? 4026     AB205A, to Brazil 8678
? 4035     AB205A, to Zimbabwe 8600
? 4036     AB205A, to Zimbabwe 6801
? 4037     AB205A, to Zimbabwe 6082
? 4038     AB205A, to Brazil 8679
? 4039     AB205A, to Zimbabwe 6038
? 4040     AB205A, to Zimbabwe 6084
? 4041     AB205A, to Brazil 8680
? 4042     AB205A, to Zimbabwe 6805
? 4043     AB205A
? 4044     AB205A
? 4046     AB205A
? 4047     AB205A, to Zimbabwe 8606
? 4048     AB205A
? 4049     AB205A, to Zimbabwe 6807
? 4050     AB205A, to Zimbabwe 6088
? 4051     AB205A, to Zimbabwe 6098
? 4052     AB205A, to Zimbabwe 6180
? 4053     AB205A

References:

  • World Air Forces Directory 2004/05 (Mach III)


Bell 206 JetRanger ('Saifan') * Current *
Twenty Agusta-built AB.206 delivered from 1972. Twenty-three plus Bell OH-58B delivered from ? Used by 125 and 130 sqns for liaison/communications/pilot training. Several OH-58B still in service.

Ten Bell 206B delivered from 1978. Used by the Flying Training School for pilot training. 206Bs withdrawn and put up for sale December 2003. Hebrew name means Avocet, (also spelled 'Seyfan'). Total 0f 53+ AB.206/OH-58B/206B acquired.

Serial c/no. Prev. Identity Delivered Fate/Notes
002       AB206, noted Mar 1978
009       AB206, damaged 15 Aug 2002
012       AB206, damaged 24 Feb 2003
018       AB206, noted Apr 2002
019       AB206, FTS May 2005
022       AB206, noted 1996
025       AB206, 125 Sqn Apr 2002
026       AB206, 125 Sqn Nov 1999
027?       AB206
028       AB206, noted July 1999
029       AB206, 125 Sqn Mar 1995
032       AB206, displayed Sde Dov 2000, gone by 2003
034       AB206, noted Apr 1998
040 8538 OE-DXL May 1981 AB206, 125 Sqn, Hatzerim Mus. Feb 2006
057       AB206, noted Aug 1994
065       AB206, noted Apr 1985
078       AB206, noted Aug 1994
101       AB206, sold to civil regn 1987
107       AB206, noted July 1997
123 42201     OH-58B, FTS
124 42202     OH-58B, FTS
125 42203     OH-58B, last noted Apr 1999
126 42204     OH-58B, 125 Sqn Apr 2002
127 42205     OH-58B, FTS
128 42206     OH-58B, FTS
129 42207     OH-58B
130 42208     OH-58B, FTS
131 42209     OH-58B, w/o 8 Nov 1977
132 42210     OH-58B, 125 Sqn Apr 2002
133 42211     OH-58B, w/o 12 Jan 1994
134 42212     OH-58B, w/o 22 May 2003, stored Hatzerim May 2005
135 42213     OH-58B, drop trials 2001, scrapped circa 2001
136 42214     OH-58B, FTS
137 42215     OH-58B, FTS
138 42216     OH-58B, FTS
139 42217     OH-58B, on overhaul May 2005
140 42218     OH-58B, on overhaul May 2005
141 42219     OH-58B, w/o 1977
142 42220     OH-58B, 125 Sqn
143 42221     OH-58B, FTS
144 42222     OH-58B, FTS
145 42223     OH-58B, FTS
151 2520     206B, FTS
153 2529     206B, FTS
155 2536     206B, FTS
157 2538     206B, FTS
159 2542     206B, FTS
161 2581     206B, FTS
163 2585     206B, FTS
165 2589     206B, FTS
167 2601     206B, FTS
169 2605     206B, FTS

References:

  • World Air Forces Directory 2006/07 (Mach III)


Bell 206L Long Ranger ('Seyfaneet') * Retired *
Six Bell-built 206L delivered from 1984. Used by 125 sqn for liaison/communications. Hebrew name means Night Owl. Put up for sale December 2003, but two transferred to Israeli Police.

Serial c/no. Prev. Identity Delivered Fate/Notes
201 51082     125 Sqn, to ZS-RUX Sept 2005
203 51083     125 Sqn, to Hatzerim Mus. May 2005
205 51084     125 Sqn, to ZS-RXM Sept 2005
207 51085     125 Sqn Apr 2002, to Israeli Police as 4X-BMH
210 51086     125 Sqn Apr 2002, to Israeli Police as 4X-BMI
213 51088     125 Sqn, to Hatzerim Mus. May 2005

References:

  • World Air Forces Directory 2006/07 (Mach III)


A line of Bell 212s, starting with 056 and 037.
(photo, Israeli Air Force)
Head-on view of Bell 212 070.
(photo, Israeli Air Force)

Bell 212 Twin Two-Twelve ('Anafa') * Retired *
Sixty-two Bell-built 212s delivered from 1975. (c/ns 32201 to 32262). Similar to the US Air Force UH-1N. Used by 123 and 124 sqns for VIP liaison, rescue and special missions. Withdrawn from service 31 December 2002. One example sold to Argentine Air Force, for use in Cyprus supporting the UN. Some to Jordan. Hebrew name means Heron.

Serial c/no. Prev. Identity Delivered Fate/Notes
010 32229     123 Sqn, tender Aug 2004, to Angola H-802, Cyclone Helicopters May 2005
012       123 Sqn June 2002
014 32231     Tender Aug 2004
016 32233     123 Sqn, tender Aug 2004
020 32234     120 Sqn, tender Aug 2004
024       123 Sqn May 2000
025       for sale Sept 1997
026 32227     preserved Hatzerim Museum
027       last noted July 1997
028 32237     123 Sqn, tender Aug 2004, Cyclone Helicopters May 2005
029 32203     GI Haifa Apr 2002
030 32204     123 Sqn, tender Aug 2004
031       123 Sqn, Hatzerim store June 2004, Cyclone Helicopters May 2005
032 32205     123 Sqn, tender Aug 2004
033 32206     123 Sqn, tender Aug 2004, Cyclone Helicopters May 2005
034 32207     for sale Sept 1997, Hatzerim 1999
035       last noted July 1984
036 32209     123 Sqn, tender Aug 2004
037 32210     123 Sqn, tender aug 2004
038       123 Sqn, Cyclone Helicopters May 2005
039        
040       123 Sqn May 2000
041       w/o 17 Feb 1982
042       123 Sqn Apr 2002
043       123 Sqn May 2000
044       last noted Apr 2002
045 32214     for sale Sept 1997, to 4X-BCE Feb 1998
046 32243     123 Sqn, tender Aug 2004
048       123 Sqn Aug 2002
049       123 Sqn Aug 2002
050       w/o 1 July 1992, displayed Bouker (Mashavim) 1999, gone by Apr 2000
051 32217     for sale Sept 1997, to 4X-BCI Feb 1998, to EC-HPJ 2000
052       123 Sqn June 2002
053 32218     124 Sqn, tender Aug 2004, Cyclone Helicopters May 2005
054 32246     123 Sqn, tender Aug 2004, Angola H-805, Cyclone Helicopters May 2005
055 32219     123 Sqn, tender Aug 2004
056 32247     123 Sqn, tender Aug 2004
057       124 Sqn July 1998
058 32249     for sale Sept 1997, to 4X-BCH Feb 1998
059       displayed Bouker (Mishavim) 1999, gone Apr 2000
060       last noted June 1998
061 32222     123 Sqn, tender Aug 2004, Angola H-804, Cyclone Helicopters May 2005
062 32251     123 Sqn, tender Aug 2004, Angola H-803, Cyclone Helicopters May 2005
064       123 Sqn June 2002
066 32253     tender Aug 2004
067 32224     for sale Sept 1997, to 4X-BCK Feb 1998
068 32254     for sale Sept 1997, to 4X-BCF Feb 1998, EC-HOX 2000
069 32225     for sale Sept 1997, to 4X-BCJ Feb 1998, EC-HOY 2000
070 32226     123 Sqn, tender Aug 2004
071       123 Sqn, stored Hatzerim Dec 2004
072 32256     123 Sqn, tender Aug 2004
073 32257     123 Sqn, tender Aug 2004
074 32258     124 Sqn, tender Aug 2004
075 32259     123 Sqn, tender Aug 2004
077       last noted Aug 1994
078       123 Sqn May 2000
080       laqst noted July 1997
? 32226   1975  
? 32228   1975  
? 32232   1975  
? 32234   1975  
? 32235   1975  
? 32236   1975  
? 32261     to Argentina H-87 1998

References:

  • World Air Forces Directory 2006/07 (Mach III)


AH-1E serial 232 in flight.
(photo, Israeli Air Force)
AH-1F 361 and AH-1E 236 of 160 sqn.
(photo, Israeli Air Force)
The AH-1s often operate from forward locations in support of IDF forces in Lebanon.
(photo, Israeli Air Force)


Bell AH-1 Hueycobra ('Tsefa') * Current *
Six AH-1G delivered during 1974. Additional six obtained later. Total AH-1G acquired 12+3 (see below). The AH-1G was a 'Gunship' version which featured curved cockpit canopy, short barrelled gun in nose turret, rocket pods on stub wings.

Eighteen AH-1Q delivered from ? date. Conversion of AH-1G with TOW anti-tank missiles as main armament and associated sighting system turret in extreme tip of nose. All later upgraded to AH-1S standard? (Uprated engine and TOW system). Three AH-1G obtained from US Army circa 1986. Six additional AH-1Q subsequently obtained (c/n 19291 to 19296). Total AH-1Q acquired 24.

Six AH-1E obtained (c/n 21501 to 21506). Followed by 16 more AH-1E from late 1995. Fourteen additional AH-1E ex-US Army machines allocated but only eight accepted in 1996. Total AH-1E acquired 30. The AH-1E featured an uprated engine, flat plate cockpit canopy and long barrelled nose gun.
[US serials include: 77-22763, 77-22771, 77-22773, 77-22774, 77-22789, 78-23043, 78-23044, 78-23053, 78-23055, 78-23062, 78-23064, 78-23065, 78-23067, 78-23069, 78-23071, 78-23090]

Thirty-eight new-build AH-1F delivered from 1981. Later followed by forty-two more. Fifteen ex US Army machines authorised for transfer February 2001. Fifteen more ex US Army authorised for transfer September 2002. Total AH-1F acquired 110. The AH-1F was an upgraded AH-1E with a low speed sensor probe on the starboard side of the forward fuselage, a cylindrical IR suppressing exhaust pipe, and an IR jammer on the engine cowling. Used by 160 and 161 sqns in the attack role and by the Flight School for advanced training. Hebrew name means Viper.
[US serials include: 78-23167 to 78-23174 c/n 21701 to 21708, 79-23390 to 79-23393 c/n 21709 to 21712, 80-23522 to 80-23525 c/n 21713 to 21716, ? to ? c/n 21717 to 21738, ? to ? c/n 22701 to 22742]

Serial c/no. Prev. Identity Delivered Fate/Notes
021       Hatzerim Museum '444' Feb 2006
115 20716 68-15176   AH-1G, Hatzerim Museum Feb 2006
126       Preserved Ramat David May 2005
130       GI Haifa May 2005
232       AH-1F, 160 Sqn May 2005
234       AH-1F, 160 Sqn 2001
235       AH-1F, FTS May 2005
238       AH-1F, 161 Sqn May 2005
239       w/o 18 Mar 1987
291       actually 391? noted Aug 1991
309        
319       noted 1987
324       noted 1987
326       noted 1987
332       photo
334        
335       photo
336        
337       w/o 5 June 1982
350       AH-1F May 2005
352?       AH-1F May 2005
353       noted Sept 2005
355       AH-1F May 2005
357       AH-1F, 160 Sqn May 2005
359       AH-1F May 2005
362       noted 1983
364       AH-1F, FTS May 2005
366       AH-1F May 2005
367       noted 1983
369       AH-1F May 2005
370       AH-1F Sept 2005
375       AH-1F, Sept 2005
378       AH-1F, 160 Sqn June 2005
381       AH-1F May 2005
383?       AH-1F May 2005
385       AH-1F May 2005
387       noted Sept 1989
389       w/o 21 Oct 1985, rebuild as 489
391       AH-1F May 2005
393       AH-1F May 2005
395       noted Sept 2005
396       AH-1F May 2005
397       noted 1987
405       AH-1F May 2005
412       AH-1F May 2005
420       AH-1F May 2005
441       AH-1F May 2005
444       AH-1F May 2005
'444'       Haterzim Museum Feb 2006 (really 021)
447       AH-1F May 2005
452       AH-1F May 2005
462       AH-1F May 2005
470       June 1998
473       AH-1F May 2005
482?       AH-1F May 2005
483       AH-1F May 2005
485?       AH-1F May 2005
489 21716     AH-1F, w/o 15 March 1998
493       photo
501       noted June 1996, damaged beyond repair 9 June 1999
505       AH-1F May 2005
509       noted Sept 2005
514       noted Apr 1999
518       AH-1F Sept 2005
521       AH-1F Sept 2005
525       AH-1F May 2005
531       AH-1F Sept 2005
537       AH-1F May 2005
641       Hatzerim July 1997
651       AH-1E, FTS May 2003
652       FTS Apr 2001
658       AH-1E FTS Apr 2004
660       AH-1F Sept 2005
664       FTS Apr 2002
665       AH-1E FTS Apr 2004
667       AH-1E, 161 Sqn June 2002
672       GI Haifa May 1997
675       FTS Apr 2002
677       FTS Apr 2002
680       FTS Apr 2002
681       FTS Apr 2002
684       Hatzerim Dec 2004
686       noted May 2000
996       noted Sept 1989

References:

  • World Air Power Journal Vol.9
  • World Air Forces Directory 2006/07 (Mach III)



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