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Bell 206L-1 LongRanger II "Spirit of Texas"

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This object is on display in the Boeing Aviation Hangar at the Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center.


In this aircraft, H. Ross Perot Jr. and J. Coburn completed the first round-the-world flight by helicopter. They departed Dallas, Texas, on September 1, 1982, and returned 29 days later after flying over 26 countries. They flew an average of eight and a half hours a day, refueled 56 times, and encountered no major mechanical problems along the way.

Powered by an Allison 250-C28B turbine engine, the LongRanger is a typical helicopter built for business and utility use. The Spirit of Texas was modified for its round-the-world trip. Nonessential items were removed and an extra fuel tank was added, along with special safety, communication, and navigation equipment. The aircraft was painted bright colors to enhance its visibility.

Gift of Petrus Operating Company.

Manufacturer: Bell Helicopter Textron Inc.

Country of Origin: United States of America

Dimensions: Other (Skid Length): 14ft 6in. (441.96cm)
Overall: 355.6 x 228.6 x 1295.4cm, 1179.4kg (11ft 8in. x 7ft 6in. x 42ft 6in., 2600lb.)

Physical Description:Single-rotor light utility helicopter.

Inventory number: A19840195000

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