The U.S. Army awards a contract for 170 additional Bell AH-1s with an initial funding of $5 million.
Bell Aircraft Corporation is renamed Bell Aerospace Textron.
With $20 million in initial funding, the U.S. Army orders 289 Bell UH-1Hs.
Selected by the Canadian government as the light observation helicopter for the Canadian Armed Forces, 74 Bell OH-58As are ordered.
The U.S. Air Force formally accepts its first Bell UH-1N Twin Huey at Eglin AFB, FL.
FAA certification is received for the Bell 212.
The Bell 214 is initiated, built, and has first flight. Also known as the “Huey Plus,” the Bell 214 was conceived from a request by the Imperial Iranian Air Force.
The U.S. Army contracts with Bell Helicopter to provide 300 Bell UH-1H helicopters, funded at $37.5 million.
Delivery of the first Bell UH-1N Twin Huey is taken by the U.S. Marine Corps.
The Bell 206B JetRanger II, powered by an Allison 250-C20 engine, receives FAA type certification.
Acceptance of the first of 50 twin-engine Bell CUH-1Ns is made by the Canadian Armed Forces.
In honor of the company’s 20th year in Texas, the mayor of Fort Worth proclaims “Bell Helicopter Week.”
The first Bell 206B JetRanger II production model delivers to Okanagan Helicopters Ltd. of Canada.
The Bell 212 receives FAA Category A certification.
Presentation of the Bell 207 Sioux Scout prototype from 1963 to the U.S. Army Aviation Museum in Ft. Rucker, AL, occurs.
The first of 74 Bell COH-58A light observation helicopters is delivered to Canadian Armed Forces.
Commercial and international marketing break all-time records with firm orders for 105 helicopters valued at $23 million.
Bell Helicopter receives a $24,732,793 contract from the U.S. Army as prime systems integrator of the Improved Cobra Armament Program (ICAP). The contract calls for integrating the tube-launched, optically tracked, wireless-guide (TOW) system into eight U.S. Army Bell AH-1Gs.
Twenty-four Bell UH-1Hs are added to a co-production contract between Bell Helicopter and the People’s Republic of China.
The U.S. Air Force takes delivery of the first two of 30 Bell HH-1H local base rescue helicopters.
Petroleum Helicopters Inc. (PHI) orders 33 new Bell helicopters, valued at $5 million. This is the largest single commercial helicopter order in history.
Bell Helicopter announces a breakthrough in the elimination of helicopter vibration by suspending the fuselage from a “nodalized” beam.
Four Bell UH-1s are assigned to launch a site recovery force team during the last programmed Apollo lunar mission – the first night launch from Kennedy Space Center.
Texas Congressman Jim Wright announces the sale of 287 new Bell 214As and 202 Bell AH-1Js to Iran through the U.S. Government. Total value of the purchase exceeds $500 million.
James F. Atkins becomes president of the company, replacing Edwin J. Ducayet.
The U.S. Army orders 74 additional Bell OH-58A helicopters. The contract is valued at $6.5 million.
An additional 20 Bell AH-1J SeaCobras are ordered by the U.S. Marines. The contract is valued at $5 million.
The U.S. Army orders 180 Bell UH-1H helicopters. The contract is valued at $27.4 million.
Under an option, the U.S. Army orders 16 additional Bell UH-1H helicopters. The contract is valued at $2.6 million.
The 1,000th Bell 206B JetRanger II is delivered.
In a contract valued at $9.5 million, the U.S. Navy orders 24 additional Bell UH-1N helicopters.
Bell Helicopter is awarded a NASA/U.S. Army contract to build and test two tiltrotor research aircraft. Estimated cost of the four-year program is $28 million.
The U.S. Army awards Bell Helicopter a $44.7 million contract to initiate development of an Advanced Attack Helicopter system. Total development funds could reach $120 million. The three-year program calls for Bell Helicopter to design and fabricate two flying prototypes and one ground test vehicle. The Army will select the production contractor for an estimated $500 million run in three to five years.
A single-month record of 70 commercial aircraft deliveries is achieved.
Bell Helicopter receives a $59.2 million U.S. Army contract to modify 101 of the U.S. Army’s existing Bell AH-1G Cobras into Bell AH-1Q TOW Cobras.
A Bell Helicopter Supply Center is established at Amsterdam Airport Schipol, The Netherlands.
The Bell 214A developed in partnership with Iran for offshore use makes its first flight.
A ceremony at the Hurst, TX, plant commemorates the delivery of the 20,000th Bell helicopter.
The first Bell Helicopter AH-1J SeaCobra arrives in Japan.
Initial flight is made by the new Bell 206L LongRanger. An experimental Bell 206LM with a four-blade rotor is developed.
The U.S. Army awards Bell Helicopter a modification to two existing contracts, calling for 54 additional Bell UH-1H utility helicopters, valued at nearly $12 million.
Under a $54 million U.S. Army contract, 189 additional Bell AH-1 helicopters are to be modified to the Bell AH-1Q TOW/Cobra configuration.
An Iranian Bell 214A sets five world records in altitude and time-to-climb categories.
Delivery of the first 290 production Bell AH-1Q TOW Cobra helicopters is made to the U.S. Army at Hurst, TX.
The Bell 206L LongRanger receives FAA certification.
First flight of the Bell YAH-63 prototype occurs.
Bell Helicopter achieves a major technical breakthrough when the main transmission of a Bell 214A runs for 1.5 hours without oil.
The government of Iran names Bell Helicopter as partner in a joint venture organized to establish a modern helicopter industry in Iran. The program includes co-production of 400 Bell 214s.
A $37 million production contract for 44 Bell AH-1Ss (the improved version of the AH-1G) is awarded to Bell Helicopter by the U.S. Army.
Bell Helicopter Operations Corporation is formed to carry out a long-term co-production and joint venture agreement with the Iranian government.
The company adopts a new name, Bell Helicopter Textron.
FAA certification is received for the Bell 214B.
Ceremonies for the 25th anniversary celebrating the Hurst, TX, plant occur.
The Bell AH-1T prototype (improved AH-1J) makes its first flight.
Delivery of the first of 198 Bell AH-1Ss modified from existing aircraft is made to the U.S. Army at Bell Helicopter’s Amarillo, TX, plant.
The 2,000th Bell 206B JetRanger II is delivered to the McDonald’s Corporation. Delivery was accepted by founder Ray Kroc.
First flight occurs for the Bell 222 prototype.
The U.S. Army awards Bell Helicopter Textron a production contract for 22 additional Bell AH-1Ss, increasing the total order to 66.
The first NASA/U.S. Army Bell XV-15 tiltrotor is rolled out at Bell Helicopter’s Flight Research Center.
Dedication ceremonies for Bell Helicopter’s Machining Center are held in Grand Prairie, TX.
A contract is awarded for 82 additional Bell AH-1Ss.
Bell Helicopter sets a new one-month delivery record of 90 commercial helicopters.
The Bell 222 makes its initial public flight at Helicopter Association of America’s annual meeting. Later versions include the Bell 222A, 222B, 222SP and 222U.
Bell Helicopter announces the development of a Bell 206B-3 JetRanger III, a more powerful version of the world’s most popular helicopter.
The U.S. Army formally accepts the initial production model of the Bell AH-1S.
First hover flight of the Bell XV-15 (aka Bell 301) tiltrotor research aircraft takes place at Bell Helicopter’s Flight Research Center.
Deliveries of the Bell JetRanger III to customers all over the world begin.
The U.S. Marine Corps orders 22 additional Bell AH-1Ts.
Petroleum Helicopters Inc. (PHI) records 1,100,000 flight hours on its Bell 47s. This is a record unequaled in commercial helicopter operations.
Bell Helicopter announces the development of the Bell 214ST, an 18-seat, twin-engine, stretched version of the Bell 214.
The U.S. Marine Corps formally accepts the first production Bell AH-1T.
An option to purchase 83 additional Bell AH-1Ss is exercised by the U.S. Army.
Construction begins on the two-story, 135,000 square-foot Bell Helicopter Technical Center at the Hurst, TX, facility.
A single pilot instrument flight rules (IFR) system, designed for the new seven-seat Bell 206L2 LongRanger II, is announced. Bell Helicopter and Collins Avionics developed the system.
The Bell XV-15 tiltrotor research aircraft is shipped to NASA Ames Research Center, Moffett Field, CA, for extensive wind tunnel testing.
Additional Bell AH-1Ts are ordered by the U.S. Marine Corps.
The Bell 206L2 LongRanger II receives FAA certification. First customer deliveries follow one month later.
Bell Helicopter President James Atkins announces development of the Bell 412, an advanced technology, four-blade variant of the Bell 212.
Sixty-six additional production Bell AH-1Ss are ordered by the U.S. Army.
The Bell 206L2 LongRanger II receives FAA certification for single pilot IFR.
Bell receives an order for eight commercial Bell 212s from the People’s Republic of China, a first by a U.S. helicopter manufacturer.
The second Bell XV-15 makes its first flight in helicopter mode.
First flight of the Bell 214ST occurs.
The second Bell XV-15 completes its first conversion from hover to conventional airplane mode and back again.
The Bell 412, destined to become Bell Helicopter Textron’s first four-blade production helicopter, makes its first flight.
Construction begins on a 270,000 square-foot, $10 million manufacturing building at the Hurst, TX, facility.
During ImaginEighties, a Bell Helicopter Textron sponsored program, orders are received for more than 200 commercial aircraft, valued at $200 million. Included are $150 million in customer commitments for the Bell 214ST.
Bell Helicopter Textron achieves record-setting delivery of 585 commercial helicopters to domestic and foreign customers.