Bell AH-1S Cobra

Pima Air and Space Museum Aircraft

Manufacturer
Bell
Markings
Arizona Army National Guard, WAATS, 1996
Designation
AH-1S
Serial Number
70-15985

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 actually have over 80 percent of their parts in common. Production began in 1966 and the Cobra was soon in combat over Vietnam. Modernized versions of the Cobra continue in use in the U.S. Army and Marine Corps as well as with several foreign militaries.

Specifications
Wingspan 44 ft
Length 53 ft
Height 13 ft 2 in
Weight 10,000 lbs (4,536 kg) (loaded)
Max. Speed 123 knots
Service Ceiling 12,200 ft
Range 274 miles
Engines 1 Lycoming T53-L-13 turbine, 1,800 hp
Crew 2