Bell TH-57 Hellicopter
The museum’s Jet Ranger is one of two Jet Rangers purchased by the U.S. Navy to be used at the Atlantic Undersea Test and Evaluation Center (AUTEC) in July, 1967. The other helicopter, green in color, was lost in a squall line about 65 miles south of the main base on the east side of the island of Andros in the Bahamas.
Selected in January 1968 as the U.S. Navy’s new primary training helicopter, the Jet Ranger is among the world’s most widely used helicopters. Although taken by the Navy essentially “as is” from the civilian market, the military version possessed more powerful engines with better “hot and high” performance and were used for basic helicopter training duties. Still in service with all of the U.S. Armed Forces, its flown as well by most countries of the Free World.