The James Bond Vehicle Library

Bell 206 Jet Ranger
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Published 07/08-2001
Updated 13/03-2014 09:03



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.

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007 relation

On Her Majestys Secret Service (1969)

  • Villain/henchmens vehicle
  • Vehicle Bond is passenger in

Diamonds Are Forever (1971)

  • Allieds/friends vehicle

Live and Let Die (1973)

  • Villain/henchmens vehicle

The Spy Who Loved Me (1977)

  • Villain/henchmens vehicle
  • Vehicle Bond is passenger in
  • Persuers vehicle

Moonraker (1979)

  • Villain/henchmens vehicle
  • Vehicle Bond is passenger in

For Your Eyes Only (1981)

  • Villain/henchmens vehicle
  • Vehicle Bond drives
  • Vehicle Bond is passenger in

Technical data

  • Manufacturer: Bell Helicopters Textron (USA)
  • Helicopter: Bell OH-58C Kiowa
  • Year: 1976
  • Engine: 420 shp Allison T63-A-720
  • Rotor diameter: 10,77 m (35 ft 4 in)
  • Fuselage length: 9.93 m (32 ft 6 in)
  • Overall length: 12,49 m (41 ft)
  • Height: 2,91 m (9 ft 6 in)
  • Empty weight: 825 kg (1.818 lb)
  • Gross weight: 1.451 kg (3.200 lb)
  • Maximum speed: 222 km/h (138 mph)
  • Hovering ceiling IGE: 4.025 m (13.200 ft)
  • Service ceiling: 5.640 m (18.500 ft)
  • Range: 480 km (298 miles)
  • Capacity: 2 pilots + 3 passengers


Other sources:

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.