The real-life Bell 222 was designed by Bell Helicopter during the late 1960s, with manufacturing beginning in 1975. The Model 222 first flew on August 13, 1976. The Bell 222 incorporated a number of advanced features including dual hydraulic and electrical systems, sponsons housing the retractable landing gear, and the Noda Matic vibration reduction system developed for the Bell 214ST. In popular culture, a cosmetically modified version of the 222 is remembered for its use as the titular aircraft in the American television series Airwolf.
Spijkers & Wingtips's Bell 222 comes equipped with three interchangeable liveries (black-white, blue-white, and black-blue), retractable landing gear, heads-up display (HUD), combat-system support (VICE, TCS and CMS), miniature/standard display models, and functioning doors and navigation lights. Like all S&W helicopters, the aircraft uses a collective/cyclic incremental flight system and is fully modifiable.
- Pilot's Heads-up display (HUD).
- combat-system support (VICE, TCS and CMS).
- Customizable paint.
- Working lighting.
- Sits 4 including pilot/co-pilot (6 seats available).