The Bell Model 47D becomes the first helicopter to fly over the Alps; the pilot’s name is unknown.
Eight Bell Model H-13Ds, the first of a new U.S. Army order, are sent to South Korea for the Korean War.
A 55-acre site in Hurst, TX, is selected for Bell Aircraft Corporation’s helicopter division, to be called Bell Helicopter.
The Bell Model XHSL-1, designed to meet the U.S. Navy’s requirement for an anti-submarine warfare helicopter, is announced.
Bell Aircraft Corporation leases the former Globe Aircraft Company plant, north of Fort Worth, TX, from the U.S. Army for use as an assembly plant and flightline for Bell helicopters.
The first flight of the “jet-propelled, variable-sweep-wing” Bell X-5 is announced.
Harvey Gaylord becomes the first president of the company, following the retirement of Larry Bell.
Bell Aircraft Corporation test pilot, Elton Smith, sets a world record for helicopter distance in a straight line without payload; Smith flies a Model 47D-1 nonstop from Hurst, TX, to Buffalo, NY, a total of 1,217.137 miles. This record still stands today.
The first Bell Aircraft Corporation-built engine nacelle for the Boeing B-47 Stratojet leaves the assembly line.
Bell Aircraft Corporation’s Twin Rotor XHSL-1 makes first flight at the Hurst, TX, plant.
The 1,000th Bell Model 47 rolls off the assembly line.
Twenty-one Bell Model H-13Hs are ordered by the U.S. Army.
Exceeding 1,600 mph, the Bell X-1A accomplishes the fastest flight recorded by a piloted aircraft.
First delivery of the Bell Model HSL-1 to the U.S. Navy occurs.
Bell Aircraft announces work on remote controls to land guided missiles.
Preliminary designs are completed for the first tiltrotor aircraft, the XV-3 Convertiplane.
The Bell Model HSL-1 completes a 1,465-mile flight from Fort Worth, TX, to a naval air station in Patuxent River, MD.
At 90,000 feet, the Bell X-1A sets an altitude record.
The Bell Model XH-13F turbine helicopter makes its first flight.
The first of two Bell Model XV-3 (aka H-33) convertiplanes rolls out.
Delivery of the first set of B-52 engine nacelles occurs.
Bell Aircraft Corporation wins an industry competition for the U.S. Army’s first production turbine-powered utility helicopter (Bell Model 204/Army HU-1) contract, the first all-Texas designed and built helicopter.
With Floyd Carlson at the controls, the first hover flight of Bell Model XV-3 convertiplane occurs.
The first order for 10 U.S. Navy Bell Model HUL-1s is placed.
The first flight of turbine-powered Bell Model XH-13F (Model 201) occurs.
U.S. Army pilots at a National Air Show in Oklahoma City, OK, set an unofficial record for a helicopter endurance flight, keeping a Bell Model H-13H aloft for 57 hours and 50 minutes.
The Bell X-2 sets new speed and altitude records. The record speed was 2,094 mph and the record altitude was 126,200 feet.
Bell Aircraft Corporation pilot, Joe Mashman, and service representative, Joe Beebe, leave Hurst, TX, in a new Bell Model 47J on an 83-day introductory tour through Central and South America.
Lawrence “Larry” Bell, founder of Bell Aircraft Corporation and Bell Helicopter, passes away at the age of 62 in Buffalo, NY.
The U.S. Navy announces that the Bell Automatic Carrier Landing System successfully completed all land trials.
With Floyd Carlson at the controls, the first Bell Model XH-40 makes first flight. The XH-40 becomes known as the iconic “Huey.”
In an unfortunate event, the first Bell Model XV-3 crashes, injuring pilot Dick Stansbury.
Bell Helicopter Corporation is founded as a wholly-owned subsidiary of Bell Aircraft Corporation.
The U.S. Navy announces an order for Bell Model HTL-7s.
Bell Aircraft successfully completes the initial flight test phase of the X-14 vertical take-off and landing (VTOL) airplane.
Two Bell Model H-13Js are delivered to the U.S. Air Force for presidential use.
U.S. President Dwight D. Eisenhower rides in a Bell Model H-13J from the White House lawn to a command post as part of a civil defense exercise.
The 12,000th Bell Model 47 rolls off Bell Helicopter Corporation’s Hurst, TX, production line. U.S. Senator Lyndon B. Johnson speaks at the ceremony.
First flight of the Bell Model 47J Ranger occurs. Priced at $63,750, the Ranger has a widened cabin, a new tailrotor system and is powered by a 220 hp Lycoming VO-435-A1B engine.
The president of Brazil receives one of four Bell Model 47J Rangers bought by the Brazilian government.
Bell Aircraft’s jet-powered X-14 VTOL makes its first complete transitional flight at Niagara Falls Airport.
The first successful large-scale thrust chamber firings, utilizing elemental liquid fluorine as the rocket propellant, are announced.
History is made as the Bell XV-3 convertiplane completes the first 100% conversion of a tilting prop-rotor aircraft.
The U.S. Army places its first order of Bell Model HU-1As, later known as Bell UH-1 Iroquois.
A Bell Aircraft-built engine serves as the second-stage rocket engine to boost the early “Agena” satellites into polar orbit for reconnaissance missions. The engines are successfully used on three Agena satellites, A, B and D.
The Bell XV-3 convertiplane becomes the first VTOL aircraft capable of shifting gears in flight.
A contract is announced by the U.S. Navy for the turbine-powered Bell Model HUL-1M.
Bell Helicopter Corporation is selected to provide reaction controls for Project Mercury, the first manned-satellite program in the U.S.