11 September 1974: TDiA No. 1,500 ¹

Bell Helicopter Company prototype Model 206L LongRanger, N206L. (Vertical Flight Society)

11 September 1974: The first prototype Model 206L made its first flight at the Bell Helicopter Company plant at Hurst, Texas.

Based on the Bell 206B-3 JetRanger III, the LongRanger featured a 30-inch (76.2 centimeters) stretch to the passenger cabin, a lengthened tail boom and longer main rotor blades. It retained the JetRanger’s Allison 250-C20B turboshaft engine.

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Bryan R. Swopes grew up in Southern California in the 1950s–60s, near the center of America's aerospace industry. He has had a life-long interest in aviation and space flight. Bryan is a retired commercial helicopter pilot and flight instructor.

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