Identify by helicopter characteristics








Below check the specific characteristics of the helicopter or eVTOL you are looking for. You can select multiple items for each characteristic. The results will be filtered automatically. 

This sleek helicopter started as the two blade Bell 222, evolving via the 230 in the four blade Bell 430 as shown here. All versions can be fitted with a retractable gear or fixed skids. The trailing link main gear is retracted in sponsons attached to the lower rear fuselage. 

Bell 30

This early helicopter has had many different gears, both skids and wheels. Here you see the nose gear version. All have in common a long fuselage without a clear tail boom. The main and tail rotor have two blades. Most have an open cockpit as shown here. The engine is behind the cockpit.

Bell 427

The Bell 427 has a large curved gear box/engine housing, on top of more or less the fuselage of a Bell 407. Hence the shape of this fuselage is like that of the Bell 206, with the bent in the rear fuselage. Finally, the heli has large exhaust pipes. (photo: Marek Vanzura/WikiMedia)

The Bell 429 is characterised by its curved fuselage, large curved gear box/engine housing and curved frame between cockpit front and side windows. Furthermore, it has a four blade main rotor and a low mounted two blade tail rotor.

Bell 47

The large bubble canopy and the open frame tail boom are very distinctive recognition points of this helicopter. This version has a two blade main and tail rotor. It comes in different versions though, including ones with a covered tail boom and/or a wheeled gear.

Bell 47B

This is a Bell 47 variant, but totally different from the more common one with a sphere like glass canopy. The 47B model has a wheeled undercarriage with four legs and a fully enclosed fuselage with big windows and tail boom. You can still recognise the rotor system though.

Bell 47H & Bell 47J

While still versions of the Bell 47, the H and J model look much different. They have an enclosed cabin with doors, and a covered engine and tail boom. The rotor system is largely unchanged.

Bell 525 Relentless

This slender helicopter has a five-blade main rotor and a four blade tail rotor. Moreover, it has a large pylon on top of the engine/gear box housing. Most of the cabin windows are long and narrow. (photo: Zane Adams/WikiMedia)

Bell AH-1 Cobra

The Cobra couples the tail boom, main rotor, tail rotor and skids of the Bell UH-1 with a new, narrower fuselage. It has a tandem cockpit with flat panels. Under the nose is a cannon, and small wings allow storage of weapons.

This attack helicopter has several key features to recognise it: a fixed wheeled landing gear with the tail gear at the very end of the helicopter, a four-blade tail rotor having unequal angles between the blades and engines placed at the side of the fuselage. The crew sits under a single canopy, with multiple flat panels.