US Army AH-1 Cobra Units in Vietnam

US Army AH-1 Cobra Units in Vietnam

Combat Aircraft 41
  • Author: Jonathan Bernstein
  • Illustrator: Jim Laurier
  • Short code: COM 41
  • Publication Date: 25 Sep 2003
  • Number of Pages: 96
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Bell's AH-1 Cobra was the first dedicated helicopter gunship to reach frontline service anywhere in the world. Developed as a private venture by the manufacturer, and based on the mechanics of the ubiquitous UH-1 Huey, the Cobra proved a huge success once introduced into combat with the US Army in 1966. Built as a key weapon in the Advanced Aerial Fire Support System concept of 1965, the AH-1 was one of the few aircraft to reach the combat zone after actual combat experience went into its design. The AH-1 helped reduce the losses being suffered by vulnerable troop transport helicopters by providing effective fire suppression during airmobile operations. This book explores its history, technology and crew.

Biographical Note

Jonathan Bernstein is a full-time research historian for a major military museum is the US, specialising in the collection of oral histories from servicemen involved in the Vietnam War.Jim Laurier attended Paier School of Art in Hamden and has been working professionally in the field of Fine Art and Illustration ever since. As a pilot he combines his love of history with his flying experiences to create some of the most realistic and historically accurate aviation paintings seen today. Jim has aviation paintings on permanent display at the Pentagon and has been published in many books, magazines, and calendars.


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