Tue, Sep 15, 2009
This July, over 578,000 aviation enthusiasts flocked to EAA
AirVenture held at Wittman Field in Oshkosh, Wisconsin.
Roughly 10,000 aircraft attended the event, including three Bell 47
G-2 Helicopters offering passenger rides for lucky visitors.
Each year, AirVenture attendees can experience a truly unique
bird’s eye view of the world’s most celebrated aviation
event. Operating every day, flights depart from the EAA
AirVenture Pioneer Airport, styled as a typical airport from the
1930s and exhibiting over 50 vintage aircraft from aviation
First produced in 1946 for the U.S. military, the Bell 47G-2 is
known as the first successful civilian helicopter. The
distinctive cockpit bubble allowed the helicopter to be used for a
variety of tasks including aerial photography and survey, fire
fighting, and aerial ambulances (as most famously seen in the
television series M*A*S*H*).
Over the 27 years of production, 6,263 Bell 47s were built of
which 167 model 47G-2s remain in existence today.
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