The Bell AH-1 attack helicopter was designed by the famous Bell helicopter company as a clear need arised in the sixties during the Vietnam war. Model 209 was designed with a long thin two seat  two-bladed single engined attack helicopter. It used components like the engine, transmission and rotor system of the Bell well known UH-1 "Huey". The AH-1 was called the Huey Cobra with the AH-1G in 1967. Several version were developed and it was the backbone of the US helicopter attack fleet that saw extensive service in Vietnam. Bell built over 1,100 AH-1G helicopters between 1967 and 1973.

Another version is the twin engined AH-1J as used by the U.S Marine Corps. The engine is a pair of Pratt and Whitney T400 engines in a "Twinpack". It also got a new nose gun turret. The type was also exported and used in Israel and Japan. The later AH-1W was used in wars like the Gulf War. The U.S Army phased out the AH-1 in the nineties. But still, the U.S Marine Corps operates the twin-engined AH-1W Super Cobra and AH-1Z Viper.

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AH-1G

This AH-1G with former US ARMY serial 67-15574 was seen at Palm Springs. It has an olive drab colour.

Photographed, 2013 by Cees Hendriks (C) Copyright IPMS Nederland

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AH-1F

This AH-1F, U.S. Army S/N: 69-16416 "Sweet Sixteen" is on loan from the United States Army and was seen at March Field Museum at Riverside, CA, USA. (note: photo's names suggest a S but is is a AH-1F).

Photographed, 2014 by Cees Hendriks (C) Copyright IPMS Nederland

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AH-1W

This low visibility grey twin engined AH-1W (bu.no 161017) of the USMC VMM-263 was seen at Pensacola air show, Florida USA.

Photographed, November 2014 by Cees Hendriks (C) Copyright IPMS Nederland

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AH-1J Sea Cobra

This low visibility grey Sea Cobra AH-1J coded "WR" (bu.no 157784) of the USMC HMA 775 has a shark nose pianted. This helicopter was seen on display at the Flying Leatherneck Aviation Museum, MCAS Miramar, San Diego, California, USA

Photographed, November 2015 by Cees Hendriks (C) Copyright IPMS Nederland

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Several scale models exist of the AH-1. In 1/72 there was a very basic Matchbox kit, later followed by Fujimi and Hasegawa. Copies are from Mastercraft and other. Recently, HobbyBoss and AZ Models issued several nice 1/72 kits.

In 1/48 Revell-Monogram has kits like Italeri, the unknown brand "Seminar" and also Kitty Hawk. In 1/32 scale Revell has a good but basic older type Vietnam AH-1 Huey Cobra and in the 1/35 scale Academy and MiniCraft. In the small 1/144 Mini Wings has kits.

 

 

This walk around page was first published November 2014 by M. de Vreeze