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Wednesday, December 13, 2017

AH-1S Cobra Attack Helicopter Walk Around Photo Feature

 

 

This is a walk around of an AH-1S Cobra Attack Helicopter, I took these Photos at the Maps Air Museum in North Canton, Ohio in July 2015. The photos may be a little off in their color due to the open hanger door and the sunlight coming in giving a lot of glare.  Also of note of the several Cobra's I've photographed, this one is in the best shape.

History:

The Bell AH-1 Cobra in an attack helicopter manufactured by Bell Helicopter.  The AH-1 Cobra was developed in the mid-1960s as an interim gunship for the U.S. Arm for use during the Vietnam War.  It shares a common engine, transmission and rotor system with the older UH-1 Iroquois.  The AH-1 is also referred to as the Huey Cobra or Snake.  The AH-1 was the backbone of the United States Army's attack helicopter fleet, but has been replaced by the AH-64 Apache in Army service.  Advanced versions are still in service with the United States Marine Corps.

The AH-1S is a mid-life upgrade with a better engine, and equiped with the M65 TOW/Cobra missile subsystem, M65 Telescopic Sight Unit (TSU), and M73 Reflex sight

Highlights of the Cobra's Operational Use:

  • The Cobra had been deployed to Vietnam by 1968 and were used to the end of the war.  Around 1,100 Cobras were used in the conflict racking up over a million operational hours in Vietnam. Approximately 300 were lost in combat and accidents.
  • AH-1T Cobras were deployed in 1983 for the invasion of Grenada flying escort and ground support mission.
  • During Desert Shield and Desert Storm in the gulf war 1990-91 Army and Marine Cobras were deployed in a support role.
  • Army Cobras provided support for the US humanitarian intervention duringOperation Restore Hope in Somalia in 1993.
  • They were also employed during theUS invasion of Haiti in 1994.

Aircraft Data AH-1S:

  • Role: Attack Helicopter
  • Country of Origin: United States
  • Manufacturer: Bell Helicopter
  • Produced: 1967 - Present,  1,116 built
  • First Flight: September 7, 1965
  • Introduction:  June 1, 1967
  • Retired:  Still in Service 
  • Cruise Speed: 141 mph
  • Max Speed 172 mph
  • Range: 357 miles
  • Crew: 2 (Pilot and Co-Pilot/Gunner
  • Power-plant: 1 Lycoming T53-L-703 turbo-shaft with 1,800 shp
  • Rotor Diameter: 44 feet
  • Length: 53 feet 1 inches
  • Height: 13 feet 6 inches
  • Stub Wing Span: 10 feet 4 inches
  • Weights: Empty 6,598 lbs, Maximum Take-Off 9,500 lbs
  • Never exceed speed: 219 mph
  • Ceiling: 12,200 feet
  • Range: 310 miles 

Armament:

  • 2x 7.62mm mulit-barrel mini-guns or 2x M129 40mm Grenade launchers, or 1 of each in the M28 turret.
  • 2.5 inch rockets, 7 in the M158 launcher or 19 in the M200 launcher.
  • M18 7.62mm Mini gun pod
  • XM195 20mm cannon
  • TOW Missiles - 4 or 8 missiles mounted in a launcher on each hard-point
  • Armament can be mixed in various configuations.

 

The Display Aircraft's Service Record.  AH-1S, #70-16084

  • Nov 1972     Built as AH-1G at Bell Helicopter, Fort Worth Texas
  •                     Delivered to the United States Army on Nov 28, 1972
  • Dec 1972     Troop C, 7th Squadron, 17th Cavalry, 6th Air Cavalry Combat Brigade
  •                     1st Cavalry division, Foot Hood Texas.
  • Feb 1976     Bell Helicopter Facility, Amarillo, Texas.  Converted to AH-1Q.
  • Apr 1976      235th Attack Helicopter Company, Fort Knox, Kentucky.
  • Jul 1977       235th Attack Helicopter  Company, Wurzburg, Germany.
  • Mar 1978     Corpus Christi Army Depot, Texas.  Converted to AH-1S.
  • Oct 1978      Troop C, 7th Squadron, 17th Cavalry, 6th Air Cavalry Combat Brigade,
  •                     1st Cavalry Division, Fort Hood, Texas
  • Dec 1984     1st Squadron, 6th Cavalry, Fort Hood, Texas.
  • Oct 1985      4th Squadron, 9th Cavalry, Fort Hood, Texas.
  • Jan 1987      1106th Aviation Classification Repair Activity Depot, California Air National Guard Fresno, California.
  • Jul 1988       Troop Q, 4th Squadron, 107th Armored Cavalry Squadron Ohio ANG, North Canton, Ohio.
  • May 1994     Transferred to MAPS for static display.

 

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