THE OREGON INTERNATIONAL AIR SHOW SEPTEMBER 25-27, 2020 McMinnville Municipal Airport

AH-1 Cobra

AH-1 Cobra

The Bell AH-1 Cobra is a two-blade, single-engine attack helicopter manufactured by Bell Helicopter, developed using the engine, transmission and rotor system of the Bell UH-1 Iroquois.

AH-1 Cobra Specifications

LENGTH: 53 feet
MAXIMUM WEIGHT: 8,404 lb (Payload: 2,500 lb)
PERFORMANCE: Lycoming T53-L-11 1100 hp engine
TOP SPEED: 138 mph
RANGE: 359 miles
ARMAMENT: Varies depending on model. For AH-1G "Snake": 2.75-inch (70mm) Folding Fin Aerial Rockets in M158 7-tube or M200 19- tube rocket launcher; chin-turret mounted M134 7.62 mm "mini-gun" and the m129 40mm grenade launcher. AH1-G could be mounted with the M134 "mini-gun" in fixed-mounted M18/M18A1 gun pod and left-side mounted M195 20 mm automatic gun on M35 armament subsystem. The AH-1G could also mount the XM118 smoke grenade launcher.

AH-1 Cobras were in use by the Army during the Tet offensive in 1968 and through to the end of the Vietnam War. Cobras provided fire support for ground forces, escorted transport helicopters and other roles, including aerial rocket artillery (ARA) battalions in the two Airmobile divisions. They also formed "hunter killer" teams by pairing with OH-6A scout helicopters. A team featured one OH-6 flying slow and low to find enemy forces. If the OH-6 drew fire, the Cobra could strike at the then revealed enemy. On 12 September 1968, Capt. Ronald Fogleman was flying an F-100 Super Sabre when the aircraft was shot down and he ejected 200 miles north of Bien Hoa. Fogleman became the only pilot to be rescued by holding on to an Army AH-1G's deployed gun-panel door. Bell built 1,116 AH-1Gs for the U.S. Army between 1967 and 1973, and the Cobras chalked up over a million operational hours in Vietnam; the number of Cobras in service peaked at 1,081. Out of nearly 1,110 AH-1s delivered from 1967 to 1973 approximately 300 were lost to combat and accidents during the war.