Vietnam AH-1G Hueycobra - VUSBX01
AH-1G Hueycobra (VUSBX01)
The Hogs validated the concept of helicopter gunships leading Bell to design a purpose-built gunship version. The US Army turned them down in favour of a planned heavy gunship that could do just about everything. The unworkable complexity of their design and the accelerating war in Vietnam changed their mind forcing them to accept the lightweight Bell design as the AH-1G Hueycobra.
The Hueycobra was mechanically similar to the UH-1, but placed the pilots in tandem, one behind the other, in a narrow, streamlined cockpit. Normally the pilot in the front cockpit controlled the chinmounted gun turret while the rear pilot flew the helicopter and fired the wingmounted armament. It was considerably faster than the Hog and could carry a lot more armament.
The Hueycobra was introduced in 1968, and by April 1969 over half of the 680 helicopters in Vietnam were Cobras. The Hueycobra continued to serve until 1999 when 25th Aviation Battalion retired the last Cobras in US Army service.
The AH-1G Hueycobra Specifications
- Crew: 2
- Weight: 2.6 tonnes
- Length: Fuselage 13.5m (44’ 5”) Overall 16.2m (53’ 2”)
- Width: 3.2m (10’ 4”)
- Height: 4.1m (13’ 6”)
- Rotor: 13.4m (44’)
- Engine: Lycoming T53 (1100 shp)
- Speed: 275 km/h (149 knots, 171 mph)
- Rate of Climb: 8.5ms-1 (1680 ft/min)
- Range: 580 km (360 miles)
|The AH-1G Hueycobra in Flames Of War Vietnam|
- one AH-1G Hueycobra
- M200 & M157 rocket launcher option
- Twin M200 rocket launcher option
- M195 20mm MG & M157 rocket launcher option
- one plastic rotor sprue
- one flight stand
- four magnets
- one helicopter decal sheet
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