Bell AH-1S 'TOWCOBRA'

This helicopter is currently in storage.

Specifications

Length:   44' 7"
Height:   13' 8"
Rotor Diameter:   44'
Empty Weight:   6,415 lbs.
Gross Weight:   10,000 lbs.
Maximum Speed:   205 mph
Range:   340 mi.
Service Ceiling:   ~12,000'
Powerplant:   Avco Lycoming T53-L-703
Year:   1971
Serial No.:   70-15981
Location:   Storage Hangar

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 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. It was replaced by the Boeing AH-64 "Apache" which is still in service today.

Please contact if you have any information or comments on the Bell AH-1 series of helicopters.


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