Bell AH-1S  Cobra

A picture of the Bell AH-1S Cobra

The AH-1 Cobra traces its history to 1965 when Bell Helicopter began development of the design as a private venture.  The Cobra is based on the famous UH-1 Huey transport helicopter, and despite the great differences in their appearance, they have over 80 percent of their parts in common.  Production began in 1966 and the Cobra was soon in combat over Vietnam.  The Cobra was retired from Army service in September 2001.  Modernized versions of the Cobra continue in use in the U.S. Marine Corps as well as with several foreign militaries.

Diameter of Main Rotor

44 ft

Length

53 ft 1 in.

Height

13 ft 5 in.

Weight

10,000 lbs (loaded)

Maximum Level Speed

141 MPH

Maximum Altitude

12,200 ft

Range

315 miles

Engine

One Avco Lycoming T53-L-703 turbine, 1,800 horsepower

Crew

2

Manufacturer
Bell

Markings
Arizona Army National Guard, WAATS, Marana, Arizona, 1996

Designation
AH-1S

Serial Number
70-15985

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