Bell 214ST SuperTransport

  • CountryUnited States of America
  • TypeMedium transport helicopter
  • PowerplantsTwo 1215kW (1625shp) General Electric CT72A turboshafts linked through a combining gearbox driving a two blade main rotor and two blade tail rotor.
  • PerformanceMax cruising speed 260km/h (140kt) at 4000ft, or 264km/h (143kt) at sea level. Max initial rate of climb 1780ft/min. Service ceiling with one engine out 4800ft. Hovering ceiling in ground effect 6400ft. Ferry range with auxiliary fuel 1020km (550nm), range with standard fuel and no reserves 805km (435nm).
  • WeightsEmpty 4300kg (9481lb), max takeoff 7938kg (17,500lb).
  • DimentionsMain rotor diameter 15.85m (52ft 0in), length overall rotors turning 18.95m (62ft 2in), fuselage length 15.03m (49ft 4in), height overall 4.84m (15ft 11in). Main rotor disc area 197.3m2 (2124sq ft).
  • CapacityPilot and copilot and up to 16 or 17 passengers. Freight volume of 8.95m3 (316cu ft). Can carry an external sling freight load of 3630kg (8000lb).
  • ProductionThe 214ST was in production during 1980 and 1990, during which time 100 were built.

Notwithstanding offering a typical model number to the 214 Huey Plus and Big Lifter (depicted independently), the Bell 214st is a bigger, tremendously changed helicopter.

Ringer's greatest helicopter yet was produced to meet an Iranian necessity for a bigger transport helicopter with better execution in its hot and high environment than its 214 Isfahans. Ringer built its proposal with respect to the 214 yet rolled out generous configuration improvements, bringing about what is basically an all new helicopter with little shared trait with the littler 214 arrangement.

The 214st gimmicks two General Electric Ct7 turboshafts (what might as well be called the military T700), an extended fuselage seating up to 17 in the principle lodge, glassfibre fundamental rotor sharpened pieces of steels, and grease free elastomeric direction in the primary rotor center. The ST addition initially remained for Stretched Twin, reflecting the progressions over the 214, yet this was later changed to remained for Super Transporter.

The 214st was to have been constructed under permit in Iran as a major aspect of that nation's arrangements to create an extensive armed force air wing (other flying machine requested in substantial numbers under this arrangement were the 214a Isfahan and Ah1j Seacobra), however the Islamic transformation and fall of the Shah in 1979 put paid to these arrangements.

Determined, Bell proceeded with advancement of the 214st - which first flew in February 1977 - for common and military clients. Three preproduction 214sts were fabricated from 1978 and 100 creation air ship were manufactured through to 1990.

Most 214st deals were to military clients. Iraq was the 214st's biggest client, taking conveyance of 45 amid 1987 and 1988, some in all likelihood seeing administration in the Gulf War.

Common applications for the 214st are various, including oil apparatus help, where its twin motor design and 17 traveler primary lodge are valuable stakes.

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