1⁄1AH-1S Cobra Attack Helicopter
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 The AH-1 was the backbone of the United States Army's attack helicopter fleet, but has been replaced by the AH-64 Apache in Army service.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 during Operation Restore Hope in Somalia in 1993.
They were also employed during the US invasion of Haiti in 1994.
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