Florida-Based Bell 206 JetRanger agricultural project

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Hi,

the Florida-Based Load Ranger planned to develope a stripped-down
derivative of the Bell 206 JetRanger as agricultural helicopter.
http://www.flightglobal.com/pdfarchive/view/1998/1998%20-%201056.html?search=iptn%20n%20250%20aircraft
 

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A prototype was actually completed (N200LR) and this first flew in April 1997. Further development was halted and the aircraft was sadly lost in a fatal crash in June 2005.
 

Includes up to 6 passengers for the Load Ranger 2000. Seems improbable given the fuselage hopper size ::)

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"The military version was to have been armed with two pylons (Stub wings?) each having two weapon suspension points."
 
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"Seems improbable .."

Why ? ;D

(From IAPR vol.4)
 

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Additionally, Jet Rangers are hard pressed to get airborne with 5 people onboard!



Apophenia said:
http://airwiki.org/enc/uh/lr2000.html

Includes up to 6 passengers for the Load Ranger 2000. Seems improbable given the fuselage hopper size ::)

http://www.militaryphotos.net/forums/showthread.php?t=102051

"The military version was to have been armed with two pylons (Stub wings?) each having two weapon suspension points."
 
Iran and Chile (?) built similar-looking light attack helicopters based on Bell Jet Ranger dynamic components, but neither seems to have been manufactured in significant numbers.
In Chile, Cardoen Cb 206L-III, first flight 1989. 2 were converted.
In Iran at least one HESA Shahad 278 prototype was built.
 
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Includes up to 6 passengers for the Load Ranger 2000. Seems improbable given the fuselage hopper size ::)
You'd be amazed at how heavy some ag chemicals can get... (also, six passengers is 6x175=1050lbs per FAA standards)

There's a reason the big Air Tractors have an 8000lb hopper load!
 

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