Holy apparition, Batman! Seen@SRQ: Our Operations department discovered the original Batcopter from the 1966-68 “Batman” TV series on the Rectrix North ramp yesterday at Florida Suncoast Helicopters! The first appearance of the Batcopter was in the 1966 film Batman. Unlike the Batmobile, the Batcycle, and the Batboat, which were bought by 20th Century Fox, the Batcopter was only leased for the movie. The Batcopter, based on the Bell 47, was a functional helicopter provided by National Helicopter Service (NHS). This G3B-1 model, with FAA registration N3079G, had previously been used in the TV-series Lassie and ABC News. To make the model look more like a superhero vehicle, it was fitted with canvas-covered tubular frames and was painted red. The head of a bat was painted in the front while the Batman symbol was painted on the side. The most dangerous design change was the wings, which reduced power by nearly fifty percent.
After the lease, the Batcopter was returned to NHS, and the wings and tubes were removed. It was repainted to look like all the other helicopters and was used for various purposes over the years, such as covering the 1968 Super Bowl. Eventually, NHS sold all its Bell 47's and the Batcopter was bought by the President of NockAir Helicopters, Inc., Eugene Nock. He repainted the helicopter and replaced the tubes so that it could once again be called the Batcopter. The wings, however, were not replaced as they were manufactured specifically for the Batman movie and were insured for only that use. (Source: Wikipedia) More fun facts can be found here.