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Bell 412 surpasses 40 years of flight

Posted 25 January 2021 · Add Comment

The Bell 412 has been flying for 40 years with 1,100 Bell 412s being delivered across the globe, logging over 6.5 million flight hours.

Bell 412 surpasses 40 years of flight. Image: Bell

Since the introduction of the Bell 412 in 1981, Bell has developed 11 different variants, the latest being the recently unveiled Subaru Bell 412 EPX. The evolution of the Bell 412 is a testament to the incredible flexibility and durability of the aircraft, a utility helicopter with designs originating from the world-renowned and venerable Huey.

 

The helicopter carries operators through parapublic, offshore, emergency medical and even VIP missions every day. From moving employees to oil rig sites off the coast of Africa, to fighting fires in Australia, to presidential duties in Asia, the platform brings exceptional performance, impressive cargo-carrying abilities and power to each job.

 

The most advanced version of the platform, the Subaru Bell 412EPX, now has an increased maximum internal weight of 12,200 pounds (5,534 kilograms), and an external weight of 13,000 pounds (5,896 kilograms) and can carry up to 5,000 pounds (2,267 kilograms) of goods with a cargo hook. Having the widest loading door in its class enables quick unloading and loading into a spacious cabin that seats 14 passengers.

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