Our Aircraft’s History

Bell OH-58A Kiowa (S/N 69-16153; MSN #40374) ~ This Bell helicopter was built in Fort Worth, Texas and delivered to the US Army on July 17, 1970 then integrated into the Headquarters and Headquarters Troop (HHT), 2nd Armored Cavalry Regiment (ACR).

Moving around, including serving in the Gulf War for the US Army, it settled in June 1995, when the helicopter was transferred to the local 4th Squadron, 107th ACR, Ohio Air National Guard, North Canton, Ohio. The next year, in September 1996, the US Army loaned the to MAPS Air Museum for static display and its markings are displayed as it was assigned the the 107th ACS. 

This Kiowa was repainted in the summer of 2001, courtesy of Redhorse Aviation. Currently, Crew Chief Jim Boyea and his the crew maintain the Kiowa. 

Specifications/Performance:

  • Crew: 1 or 2
  • Role: Observation and reconnaissance 
  • Nation of Origin: United States
  • Manufacturer: Bell Helicopter
  • First Flight: January 10, 1966
  • Entered Service: May 1969
  • Status in the United States: In service
  • Produced:1966-1989
  • Number Built: 2,200
  • Unit Cost: $6.7 million (1990)
  • Engine: 1 x Allison T63-A-700 turboshaft, 317 shp
  • Rotor diameter: 35′ 4″
  • Length: 32′ 2″
  • Height: 9′ 7″ 
  • Weight: Empty/1,583 lb.; Max weight/3,000 lb.
  • Cruise Speed: 117 mph
  • Max Speed: 138 mph
  • Range: 299 mi.
  • Service Ceiling: 19,000 ft.

    Armament, notable: 

  • Guns: 6-barreled 7.62 mm M134 minigun or
  • M129 Grenade Launcher

Designed to replace: Bell H-13 “Sioux”

Intended replacement: Boeing AH-64 “Apache”