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Bell AH-1 SuperCobra

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Bell AH-1 SuperCobra

The Bell AH-1 SuperCobra is a twin-engine attack helicopter which is part of the larger Huey family, which includes the SeaCobra and the SuperCobra. The SuperCobra helicopter fleet is being replaced by the next generation Bell AH-1Z Viper. The AH-1 Cobra was developed in the mid-1960s as an interim gunship for the U.S. Army for use during the Vietnam War. The Cobra shared the proven transmission, rotor system, and the turboshaft engine of the “Huey”.

During the Gulf War (August 1990 –  February 1991), Marine SuperCobras were deployed and flew a total of 1,273 sorties in Iraq. The AH-1W units were credited with destroying 97 tanks, 104 armoured personnel carriers and vehicles, and two anti-aircraft artillery sites during the 100-hour ground campaign. USMC Cobras also served in Afghanistan and the conflict in Iraq.

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Bell AH-1 SuperCobra

  • Name:                Bell AH-1 SuperCobra
  • Role:                   Attack helicopter
  • Manufacturer:    Bell Helicopter
  • First flight:         1969
  • Status:               In service
  • Primary users:    United States Marine Corps, Islamic Republic of Iran Army, Republic of China Army, Turkish Army
  • Number built:    1,271+
  • Unit cost:           US$10.7 million
  • Crew:                   two: pilot, co-pilot/gunner (CPG)
  • Height: 13 ft 5 in (4.1 m)
  • Maximum speed: 152 knots (175 mph, 282 km/h)
  • Museum:              Intrepid, Sea, Air & Space Museum

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