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Bell AH-1F Cobra

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This object is on display in the Boeing Aviation Hangar room at Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center in Chantilly, VA.

Bell AH-1F Cobra

Collection Item Summary:

Bell AH-1F Cobra

Developed from the Huey transport helicopter, the Cobra was the first purpose-built helicopter gunship to enter military service. It was the mainstay of U.S. Army attack aviation from its combat debut in South Vietnam during 1967 until replaced by the AH-64 Apache in the 1980s and ‘90s. Versions of the Cobra continue to serve in the U.S. Marine Corps and the armed forces of many nations.

From 1968 to 1971, this Army “G” model flew 2,100 combat hours in Vietnam with D Company, 229th Assault Helicopter Battalion, 1st Cavalry Division; C Battery, 2nd Battalion, 20th Artillery (Aerial Rocket); and D Company, 158th Assault Helicopter Battalion. While flying this aircraft on August 15, 1971, Capt. Allen Butler held off enemy forces attempting to overrun South Vietnamese Marines and received the Silver Star. It also undertook heavy combat during 1993-4 in Somalia with Task Force Raven as part of Operation Continue Hope.

Rotor Diameter: 13.4 m (44 ft 0 in)

Length: 13.6 m (44 ft 7 in)

Height: 4.1 m (13 ft 5 in)

Weight, empty: 2,993 kg (6,598 lb)

Weight, gross: 4,535 kg (10,000 lb)

Engine: Lycoming T53-L-703, 1,800 shaft horsepower

Crew: 2

Armament: M65 TOW anti-tank missile system, M197 20mm cannon, 2.75” Folding Fin Aerial Rockets

Manufacturer: Bell Helicopter, 1968

Collection Item Long Description:

Bell AH-1F Cobra

Developed from the Huey transport helicopter, the Cobra was the first purpose-built helicopter gunship to enter military service. It was the mainstay of U.S. Army attack aviation from its combat debut in South Vietnam during 1967 until replaced by the AH-64 Apache in the 1980s and ‘90s. Versions of the Cobra continue to serve in the U.S. Marine Corps and the armed forces of many nations.

From 1968 to 1971, this Army “G” model flew 2,100 combat hours in Vietnam with D Company, 229th Assault Helicopter Battalion, 1st Cavalry Division; C Battery, 2nd Battalion, 20th Artillery (Aerial Rocket); and D Company, 158th Assault Helicopter Battalion. While flying this aircraft on August 15, 1971, Capt. Allen Butler held off enemy forces attempting to overrun South Vietnamese Marines and received the Silver Star. It also undertook heavy combat during 1993-4 in Somalia with Task Force Raven as part of Operation Continue Hope.

Rotor Diameter: 13.4 m (44 ft 0 in)

Length: 13.6 m (44 ft 7 in)

Height: 4.1 m (13 ft 5 in)

Weight, empty: 2,993 kg (6,598 lb)

Weight, gross: 4,535 kg (10,000 lb)

Engine: Lycoming T53-L-703, 1,800 shaft horsepower

Crew: 2

Armament: M65 TOW anti-tank missile system, M197 20mm cannon, 2.75” Folding Fin Aerial Rockets

Manufacturer: Bell Helicopter, 1968

Transferred from the U.S. Army

A20060591000

Data Source

National Air and Space Museum

Rights

Do not reproduce without permission from the Smithsonian Institution, National Air and Space Museum

Credit Line

Transferred from the Department of the Army, 10th Mountain Division (LIght Infantry) and Fort Drum Directorate of Logistics-Maintenance Division.

Date

1967-2001

Type

CRAFT-Rotary Wing

Inventory Number

A20060591000