This Cobra 766 served with the US Army’s 227th Assault Battalion during the Vietnam War, logging 2727 combat flight hours.
The aircraft subsequently served at Hunter Army Air Field in Korea and with the Tennessee Army National Guard before being transferred to the Army Aviation Heritage Foundation in 2001.
The storied Bell AH-1 Cobra attack helicopter rose to prominence during the Vietnam War years and became an entrenched Cold War player. Developed from the Huey transport helicopter, the Cobra was the first purpose built helicopter gunship to enter military service.
It was the mainstay of U.S. Army attack aviation from its combat debut in South Vietnam during 1967 until replaced by the AH-64 Apache in the 1980s and ‘90s. Versions of the Cobra continue to serve in the U.S. Marine Corps and the armed forces of many nations.