Bell 206 Jet Ranger helicopter model. Bell developed the Long Ranger to offer a light helicopter with greater capacity and utility over the Jet Ranger. Bell announced it was developing a stretched Jet Ranger in September 1973, the subsequent Model 206L flew for the first time on September 11, 1974, and production began in early 1975. The Long Ranger seats a further two passengers compared to the Jet Ranger and introduced a more powerful engine and Noda Matic transmission suspension system for greater passenger comfort. Subsequent versions have been the 206L1 Long Ranger II, introduced in 1978, the 206L3 Long Ranger III, and the current 206L4 Long Ranger IV, introduced in 1992.