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Marine helicopter aviation was growing, with many Bell HTL helicopters being sent to Korea. The need for Marine pilot training was increasingly crucial, and the Department of the Navy had the solution already in place: Marine helicopter pilots would receive their training at NAS Ellyson Field alongside Navy pilots, which happened until 1967. Then, there was a tremendous shortage of helicopter pilots due to the Vietnam War escalation. Since the Navy had their own pool of helicopter pilots in training, additional Marine pilots were sent into Army training that included the Bell H-13.


Once the Army closed Fort Wolters in 1973 and moved all Army helicopter pilot training to Fort Rucker, Marine helicopter pilot training returned to its home in Pensacola. Later in 1973, NAS Ellyson Field was also closed and all Navy and Marine helicopter pilot training moved to NAS Whiting Field, also in Pensacola. Marine helicopter pilots continue to train at NAS Whiting Field alongside other naval aviators in the Bell TH-57 Sea Ranger.


COAST GUARD


Since in 1947 military aviation was divided between the Army and Navy, the Navy purchased helicopter assets primarily operating over water. These helicopters were then assigned either to the Navy, Marines, or Coast Guard. In May 1947, the   build and they operated the Bell HTL/H-13 (Model 47) helicopter until 1968 in roles such as port security in New York out of Bennett Field, and in Alaska as part of the Distant Early Warning (DEW) Line system.


Today, Coast Guard helicopter pilots receive their primary helicopter training at NAS Whiting Field alongside Navy and


 in Hurst, Texas, over a half-century ago


Marine pilots in the Bell TH-57 Sea Ranger. As the Navy prepares to select their new  if the Bell 407GX is selected by the Navy as their new primary training helicopter, Bell 


BELL’S LEGACY


The year 1946 was really big for both military and civilian helicopter aviation. The CAA      that training was the key to safely operating this new technology and opened the Bell 


Bell Helicopter supported the growth of military aviation by providing safe and dependable training platforms to all military helicopter pilots since 1946. Beginning with the H-13, every helicopter they delivered to the military for training has served decades beyond its intended design. No other helicopter manufacturer can boast such a robust and distinct history of training support to the men and women in military service. If you’re  


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