New England Air Museum

Bell AH-1S Cobra

Courtesy of the United States Army Center of Military History

The Bell AH-1, is a two-blade, single engine attack helicopter which was developed using the engine, transmission and rotor system from the Bell UH-1 "Iroquois" (Huey). It is referred to as the "Cobra," "HueyCobra," or "Snake."

The Museum's AH-1S version is called the "TOW Cobra" as it was equipped to carry eight TOW anti-tank missles. It also has an upgraded Lycoming T53-L-703 powerplant.

The Cobra was the mainstay of the U.S. Army attack helicopter fleet and first saw service providing fire support to UH-1's in highly mobile "air cavalry" tactics utilized Vietnam. It also saw action in Grenada in 1983, Panama in 1989, and during Operations Desert Shield and Desert Storm in the 1990-91 Gulf War.

The Cobra was phased out during the 1990's and was retired from service in 1999. It was replaced by the Boeing AH-64 "Apache" which is still in service today.

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Length: 44' 7"
Rotor Diameter: 44'
Height: 13' 8"
Empty Weight: 6,415 lbs.
Gross Weight: 10,000 lbs.
Maximum Speed: 205 mph
Range: 300 miles
Service Ceiling: ~12,000'
Powerplant: Avco Lycoming T53-L-703
Year: 1970
Serial No: 70-15981
Location: Outdoor Display


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