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TH-57 Sea Ranger helicopter

 
Description
The TH-57 is a derivative of the commercial Bell Jet Ranger 206. Although primarily used for training, these aircraft are also used for photo, chase and utility missions.
 
Background
The JetRanger was initially designed to compete in a U.S. Army light observation helicopter competition. Bell lost that competition but the 206 was commercially successful. The TH-57 Sea Ranger provides advanced (IFR) training to several hundred aviation students a year at Naval Air Station Whiting Field in Milton, Florida.
 
Point Of Contact
Naval Air Systems Command
Public Affairs Department
47123 Buse Road, Unit IPT
Bldg. 2272, Suite 075
Patuxent River, MD 20670-5440
(301)757-1487
 
General Characteristics
Contractor: Bell Helicopter Textron.
Date Deployed: First flight: 1961; Operational: 1968.
Propulsion: One Allison 250-C20BJ turbofan engine.
Length: Fuselage - 31 feet (9.44 meters); Rotors turning - 39 feet (11.9 meters).
Height: 10 feet (3.04 meters).
Rotor Diameter: 35 feet 4 inches (10.78 meters).
Weight: 1595 pounds (725kg) empty, 3200 pounds (1455 kg) maximum take off.
Airspeed: 138 miles (222 km) per hour maximum; 117 miles (188 km) per hour cruising.
Ceiling: 18,900 feet (5,761 meters).
Range: 368 nautical miles (420 statute miles, 676 km).
Crew: One pilot, four students.
 
Last Update: 20 February 2009