BELL OH-58D Kiowa Warrior

General Information

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MAKE: Bell Helicopter
NUMBER BUILT: 2,200
MISSION: Observation
NICKNAME: KW
Located in Hangar 79

Background

The pilots of OH-58D Kiowa Warriors are fond of wearing old-fashioned U.S. cavalry hats. They reflect the traditional role the cavalry plays in the Army — reconnaissance, scouting, skirmishing, and occasionally riding to the rescue.

The origin of the Kiowa dates back to the early days of the Vietnam War, when the Army’s air-mobility command began searching for a light helicopter.

By the early 1980s, Army aviation needed a digital aerial platform as spotters for a new generation of artillery. The new OH-58D bore only a passing resemblance to the older Kiowa. The Army rebranded the armed version as the Kiowa Warrior.

Kiowa Warrior has since served in Somalia, Bosnia, and Kosovo on general peacekeeping duties. It had a distinguished career in Operation Iraqi Freedom and was in the thick of counterinsurgency battles.

Accepted for service in 1992, OH-58D Kiowa Warrior 90-00368 served most of its career in a training role at Fort Rucker Alabama, Hunter Army Airfield in Georgia, and finally with the 25th Brigade Air Cavalry at Wheeler Army Airfield, Hawaii.

Please visit “Bell OH-58 Kiowa” blog post for more information on this aircraft.

Characteristics

CONTRACTOR: Bell Helicopter
DATE DEPLOYED: First flight, Oct. 6, 1983
PROPULSION: Allison 250-C30R (T703-Ad-700) turboshaft engine
SPAN: 35 feet (10.67 m)
LENGTH: 42 feet 2 inches (12.85 m)
HEIGHT: 12 feet 10 inches (3.93 m)
WEIGHT: 5,500 pounds (loaded) (2,495 kg)
MAXIMUM SPEED: 149 MPH (240 km/h)
SERVICE CEILING: 7,500 feet (2,286 m)
RANGE: 140 miles (260 km)
CREW: Two pilots, up to six soldiers on skids

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