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.
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 The AH-1 was the backbone of the United States Army's attack helicopter fleet, but has been replaced by the AH-64 Apache in Army service.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
- 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.