National Army Museum, Waiouru, New Zealand : Military History & Army War Museum

Sioux Helicopter

The National Army Museum Collection was recently expanded with the addition of a Bell 47G-3B2 Sioux Helicopter.

The Sioux helicopter is a two bladed, single engine, light helicopter which was used by the Royal New Zealand Air Force (RNZAF) mainly to support the New Zealand Army in the aero scout role and to train graduates to become helicopter pilots.

In 1966 the RNZAF purchased six Bell 47G-3B1 Sioux helicopters followed by seven Bell 47G-3B2 aircraft in 1970.



The Bell Sioux helicopters were used by the US during the Korean War as medivac helicopters as seen in the popular TV series M*A*S*H.