The Bell 206A JetRanger is a 5-seat light utility helicopter powered by
a single Allison C18A turbine engine. In 1961, twelve companies submitted proposals to meet U.S.Army requirements for a four-seat
turbine-powered light observation helicopter. After evaluation, three designs were selected
and 5 of each: the Bell OH-4A; the Hiller OH-5 and the Hughes OH-6, were ordered for trials
by the U.S.Army Aviation Board. The prototype of this Model 206 made its first flight on 8 December 1962.
However the Bell OH-4A didn't win the competition, the helicopter was a success as the Bell 206
Jet Ranger. The prototype of this five-seat commercial model, the Bell 206A JetRanger N8590F, flew on
10 January 1966. Bell received FAA certification for the helicopter on 20 October 1966, and deliveries
of the Model 206A powered by a 317 shp Allison C18A engine, started in January 1967. In the early 1970s,
production switched to the Model 206B JetRanger II with a 400 shp 250-C20 turboshaft. Next to this commercial
success the Jet Ranger entered after all also the military scene: the Bell 206 Jet Ranger was ordered in 1962
by the US Navy as the TH-57 Sea Ranger. Due to the higher unit price and significant deliver delays on the
original winner of the 1961 U.S.Army competition for a light observation helicopter, the Hughes OH-6, the
U.S. Army reopened in 1968 the light observation helicopter (LOH) bidding. This time Bell was the winner
and an initial order for 2200 OH-58A Kiowa, a military version of the Model 206A followed. Deliveries
of the OH-58A helicopters began in May 1969. The Model 206 was built under license by Agusta
in Italy as the AB.206 Jet Ranger. More than 4800 206Bs and 1700 206Ls have been produced since the
introduction of the 206A JetRanger on 13 January 1967, when the first two production aircraft were delivered to customers.
Since, Bell has delivered five different generations of the commercial 206 with its
206A/B JetRangers and 206L/L1/L3/L4 LongRangers. Bell 206 aircraft are currently produced at Bell Helicopter's facility in Mirabel, Canada.
Production of the Bell 206B3 JetRanger ended in 2011. The Bell 206L4 LongRanger IV remained in production.
The ICAO Aircraft Type Designator for the AB206B helicopters is B06.
In 1968 Bell 206A JetRanger c/n 179 was registered N4009G in the USA. On 20 August 1979, the 1968-built JetRanger
was registered F-BSUY in France with Ste Cooperative D'Utilisation de Materiel Agricole / Travagi. Bell 206A JetRanger
F-BSUY was registered with a number of owners / operators in France until the registration was cancelled by Air
Affaires EJA France SARL on 10 april 1980. The next day, the JetRanger was registered OO-JMG in Belgium with Transport
Noterman, Amougies. After the helicopter was sold in the Netherlands, registration OO-JMG was cancelled on 16 February
1990. Bell 206A JetRanger c/n 179 was registered PH-HRH with Heli-Holland Holding BV, Emmer-Compascuum, on 28 February 1990.
On 7 August 1993, JetRanger PH-HRH was substantialy damaged in Leerdam when it overturned after it landed half in a ditch during
a precautionary landing due to losing power. The damaged Bell 206A JetRanger PH-HRH was replaced in service with Heli Holland by
Agusta-Bell AB.206B Jet Ranger II c/n 8076, that was registered
PH-HWH with Heli-Holland Holding BV,
Emmer-Compascuum, on 3 September 1993. Registration PH-HRH was cancelled on 31 August 1995 and the wrekkage of the helicopter was
stored. In June 2015, the the fuselage of the helicopter was scrapped except the front of the helicopter, which will be used for a private
simulator. Bell 206A JetRanger PH-HRH was photographed in better days at the Heli-Holland heliport near Emmen.