07/08 2001, updated 13/03 2014 by PS
The first Bell 206 Jet Ranger is seen in 'On Her Majesty's Secret Service' where it brings James Bond disguised as sir Hillery to Blofeld's hideout 'Piz Gloria' in the Swiss Alps.
In 'Diamonds Are Forever' the millionaire Willard Whyte has a Jet Ranger in his assult team.
In 'Live And Let Die' the Jet Ranger hunts Bond and Solitare through the Kananga's poppy fields.
In 'The Spy Who Loved Me' Stromberg's beautiful pilot Naomi hunts Bond in the Lotus Esprit.
In 'MoonRaker' the JetRanger brings Bond to Drax development facility.
In 'For Your Eye Only's pre-title sequence Blofeld kills the pilot flying Bond in a 1972 Augusta/Bell 206B. Via radiocontrol Blofeld tries to kill Bond by flying through a factory. The stunt pilot was Marc Wolff.
Designed in 1961 as entry in the US Army Light Observation Helicopter competition the Bell 206 first flight was in December 1962. The model was re-designed in 1965 for the civilian light helicopter market as JetRanger and first flight was January 1966. Several updates has been made, mainly engine improvements, but also a extended version Bell LongRanger was produced.
The Bell 206 series is very popular with more than 5000 build.
World Millitary Helicopters, Elfan ap Rees, Jane's Publishing, 1986, page 40/42.
Jane's Modern Military Helicopters, Tim Ripley, HarperCollinsPublishers, 1998, page 92.
The Helicopter, Patrick Allen, Airlife Publishing, 1996, page 33/34.
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