|Armament:||4 or 8 TOW missles in 2 missle launchers|
|Empty Weight:||6,415 lbs.|
|Gross Weight:||10,000 lbs.|
|Maximum Speed:||172 mph|
|Powerplant:||Avco Lycoming T53-L-703|
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 (tube-launched, optically-tracked, wire-guided) anti-tank missiles. It also has an upgraded Lycoming T53-L-703 turbine engine.
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. Later versions continue to be in service with the U.S. Marine Corps.
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