AH1 Cobra | Two Minute Brief

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Still in use with the US Marine Corps, the Bell AH1 Cobra’s combat history stretches back nearly fifty years.

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  1. shawn_mcfadden
    shawn_mcfadden Mar 24, 2015

    From 1988-1991, I was stationed in Germany with the 3rd Infantry Division. I refueled Cobra's as a member of HHC 2-3 AVN REGT, and later HHC 3-3 AVN REGT. Both units later transitioned to the AH-64 Apache. Yes the Marines still use Cobra's, but the Army had them as well. Don't know why the Army did what they did, but I'll alway's remember the Cobra as the first Attack Helicopter I had to refuel during my time in the U.S. Army. SNAKEBITE!!!!!!

  2. 4499124
    4499124 Mar 25, 2015

    I left army active duty almost 50 yrs. ago after serving as a flight operations Sp5 at two chopper bases in W. Germany. 30 mos. there..great duty! 4DMs to a dollar! A few early Bell AH-1 Cobras were coming to deal with a possible Russian invasion through the Fulda Gap. Never happened.

  3. Muttling
    Muttling Mar 28, 2015

    The cobra was a great bird and the Marine's Super Cobra is still a beast. In answer to shawn_mcfadden's question as to why the Army went to Apaches......The Apache is far more capable than the Super Cobra (especially the Longbow Apaches.) The Marines like the Cobra because it's much more narrow and easier to fit on a ship. When you don't have to worry about the wide load sign, the Apache is a better choice.

  4. 4623
    4623 Apr 01, 2015

    I worked the Cobras in the late 1970's I think they wear a great military asset and where fun to fly. Cobraman#76!

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