KOB-TV Bell 206B Jet Ranger
First Albuquerque Visit: 1980
The Bell 206 is a family of two-bladed, single- and twin-engine helicopters that are manufactured by Bell Helicopter. The helicopter was originally developed as the Bell YOH-4 for the United States Army but it was not selected. Bell then redesigned the airframe and successfully marketed the aircraft commercially as the Bell 206A Jet Ranger. The updated aircraft was eventually selected by the Army and was called the OH-58 Kiowa. The Bell 206B model has been upgraded with the Allison 250-C20 engine.
KOB-TV (channel 4) is a television station located in Albuquerque, New Mexico, and is an NBC affiliate. It is owned by the Hubbard Broadcasting company and has a sister cable channel called Reelz that is also based in Albuquerque. The KOB’s studios are located at Broadcast Plaza west of downtown Albuquerque and has its transmitter located on Sandia Crest. KOB-TV started operations on November 29, 1948 right after the Albuquerque Journal owner and publisher won a television license. It was the first television station in New Mexico as well as being the third television station found between the Mississippi River and the West Coast.
KOB-TV used this Bell 206B helicopter to bring aerial news coverage of events in Albuquerque and the State of New Mexico to the local television audience. The first Bell helicopter, N-59629, crashed in May of 1980. That helicopter was replaced by N-1083-S.
The KOB-TV Bell helicopter is shown with a different livery.
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