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D-HHMM Bell 206L-3 LongRanger c/n 51247 - WISSMACH - Flugplatz Aachen-Merzbrück in Germany - 8 July 2004 Flugplatz Aachen-Merzbrück (AAH)

The Bell 206L-3 LongRanger is a 7-seat light utility helicopter powered by a single Rolls Royce Allison 250-C20B turbine engine. In 1961, Bell developed Model 206 as the OH-4A to meet the U.S.Army requirements. The OH-4A flew first on 8 December 1962. However the Bell OH-4A didn't win the competition, the helicopter was a success as the Bell 206 JetRanger. 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. In September 1973, the development of the LongRanger, a stretched JetRanger was announced. The 206L LongRanger flew first on 11 September 1974 and production started early 1975. The Model 206L1 LongRanger II was introduced in 1978. 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. Production of the Bell 206B3 JetRanger ended in 2011; production of the Bell 206L4 LongRanger IV ended in June 2017. At the end, the Bell 206 aircraft were produced at Bell Helicopter's facility in Mirabel, Canada. The ICAO Aircraft Type Designator with Wake Category used to classify aircraft types for the Bell 206L helicopters is B06.

On 2 June 1988, Bell Helicopter Textron 206L-3 Long Ranger s/n 51247 was registered C-FBYX in Canada with Bell Helicopter Textron, St-Janvier, Quebec. On 13 June 1988, registration C-FBYX was cancelled as exported to Germany. In Germany the 1988-built helicopter was registered D-HHMM with H D M Flugservice, Martinsried. In 1989, the D-HHMM was registered with Wissmach Modefilialen, Stuttgart. At that time LongRanger III D-HHMM was operated by EAS Egle Air Service, Baden-Baden. In the period 1991-1995, the helicopter was operated by Teuto Air Lufttransporte at Paderborn operated the helicopter. Since 1995, the operator of the D-HHMM has been privat. On 21 October 2015, registration D-HHMM was cancelled as exported to South Africa. On 10 December 2015, the helicopter is registered ZT-RJH in South Africa with Rio Ridge 1061 CC, East London, Eastern Cape.
On 8 July 2004, the Bell Helicopter Textron 206L-3 Long Ranger D-HHMM of Wissmach Modefilialen was seen at Verkehrslandeplatz Aachen-Merzbrück.

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