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PostPosted: Sun Sep 26, 2010 9:36 am    Post subject: Bell 47 Reply with quote

Hi there. My dad used to have two Bell 47s when I was a kid growing up and I have been fascinated with helicopters ever since. You don;t see many of them flying around anymore, certainly not where I live. I was wondering if anyone still owned or flew one of these machines? See alecwortley.co.uk for some pictures of my dad's machines.
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PostPosted: Sun Sep 26, 2010 10:28 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I fly the Bell 47 sometimes out of Stavanger in Norway, wonderful machine and nice to get back to the bare bones of flyings. Very underpowered, mainly due to the very heavy aircraft. If there is any particular things you are wanting pictures of I can try and get next time I am flying it.

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PostPosted: Sun Sep 26, 2010 8:26 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

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I fly the Bell 47 sometimes out of Stavanger in Norway, wonderful machine and nice to get back to the bare bones of flyings. Very underpowered, mainly due to the very heavy aircraft. If there is any particular things you are wanting pictures of I can try and get next time I am flying it.

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Yes mate some cockpit photos and a few of the chopper on the ground would be ace. What version do you fly?
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PostPosted: Mon Sep 27, 2010 10:35 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

It's a G-4A. I'll see what I can do for you!
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PostPosted: Sun Oct 03, 2010 12:37 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

thanks mate!
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PostPosted: Sat Oct 09, 2010 5:54 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

My father's machine was a G3B1 - see http://www.flightglobal.com/pdfarchive/view/1979/1979%20-%203147.html
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PostPosted: Sun Oct 10, 2010 9:21 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Hello Wortley.

If you look on the CAA's G-INFO website there are still 15 on the UK register

[url]http://www.caa.co.uk/application.aspx?catid=60&pagetype=65&appid=1&mode=summary&aircrafttype=Bell%2047*[/url]

Hopefully the above link will work.

The one i know best is G-BAXS a G5 model, i know its owner and it always comes down to Helidays at Weston every year.

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PostPosted: Sun Feb 27, 2011 11:28 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

There are some more photos of my dad's Bell 47 G3B1 machines, and some other helicopters including Bell 206B Jet Rangers and an SAS Westland Scout, at the following URL: http://alecwortley.co.uk/HeliGallery.htm Click on the articles and history page for more info. I am glad there are still Bell 47s out there!!
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PostPosted: Tue Mar 01, 2011 2:07 pm    Post subject: Bell Reply with quote

Ah...the Bell 47. What a wonderful machine to fly. It has a fantastic and long service history having been the first civilian helicopter to be certified in 1946, and used by the military. Well over 5000 were built and many are still flying today!

It was the first helicopter I learned to fly and it is one of my favorites.
Occasionlly I get to put some stick time into a 47G, and have also flown the 47J Ranger model.

It is a bit slow, but slow isin't bad. The 47 I fly now and then has the Franklin engine. It gets the job done.

Here is a great link if you are interested in the history.
http://www.bell47.net/Family/_Bell47Family.htm

Like being a goldfish in a fishbowl........but a thrill to fly!

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PostPosted: Tue Mar 01, 2011 8:21 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

My dad's machines were G-CHOP and G-BGMU. I believe CHOP is still in the UK and airworthy, anyone know about the other? They were both G3B1 models, ex British forces.
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PostPosted: Tue Mar 01, 2011 9:25 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Good news, Wortley.

G-BGMU appears to alive and well in Spain as EC-ITR



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PostPosted: Wed Mar 02, 2011 7:52 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thanks James!! It's even still the same colour Smile

Is that hopper on the side for crop spraying, anyone know?
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PostPosted: Thu Mar 03, 2011 6:26 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Well, looks like in the photo there are nozzles booms for crop spraying on each side of the aircraft, so probably yes it is a hopper
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PostPosted: Thu Mar 03, 2011 7:49 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

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Well, looks like in the photo there are nozzles booms for crop spraying on each side of the aircraft, so probably yes it is a hopper

Thought so! It's come a long way from training military helicopter pilots (1960s) and pleasure trips (80s and 90s). More old chopper pics here: http://www.pprune.org/rotorheads/419023-haven-rotary-nostalgia-posts-g-taly-21.html#post6283097
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PostPosted: Wed Mar 16, 2011 10:36 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

We have a Bell 47 at EGBW. G-CHOP.
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