The helicopter's original instrument panel was heavily modified to be used as a pilot training helicopter.
MMAF receives this OH-58A from the Osceolla County Sheriff's Office.
Current picture of the instrument panel as it is being restored back to its original military configuration to include the proper military radios.
Pictures of OH58 Helicopters
In 2014, Military Machines of American Freedom acquired a Bell OH58A Kiowa helicopter,Serial # 68-16804, from the Osceola County Sheriff's Office in Florida through the federal surplus program. This helicopter was originally obtained by the Osceola County Sheriff's Office after the helicopter was released from service with the U.S. Army.
This helicopter will under go restoration and repainting back to its original military configuration.
The OH-58A Kiowa is a 4-place observation helicopter. The Kiowa has two-place pilot seating, although the controls in the left seat are designed to be removed to carry a passenger up front. During its Vietnam development, it was fitted with the M134 Mingun, a 7.62 mm electrically operated machine gun.