Bell AH-1W SuperCobra

 

Sometimes known as the ‘Whiskey Cobra', the aircraft was designed as an attack helicopter to be operated by two crew. The first production aircraft was delivered in March 1986, 32 months after the award of the development contract.

The aircraft could carry the following armaments,

  • 2.75 and 5 inch rockets
  • TW, Hellifire, Sidewinder and Sidearm missiles
  • Parachute flares
  • Turreted 20mm, chin mounted gun (General Electric M-197 Vulcan cannon)

 The aircraft aircraft was capable of the following roles,

  • Escort to transport helicopters
  • Close-in/Landing Zone fire support
  • Forward air controller
  • Anti-armor

 

 

Attribution

Attribution
Overview
Parent type AH-1 SuperCobra
Variant *No Variant assigned
Design authority Bell Helicopter Textron, Inc.
Primary manufacturer Bell Helicopter Textron, Inc.
Key Characteristics
Operational status Operational
Max gross weight (ground)   39 6,690 n/a 6,690 n/a
Crew 2
Seating arrangement Tandem
Configuration
VTOL type Helicopter
Compound type None
Lift configuration Single main rotor
Control device type Tail rotor
Features
Number of engines 2
Number of propulsors 0
Number of lift devices 1
Number of control devices 1

Bell AH-1W SuperCobra

 

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Bell AH-1W SuperCobra

 

Operated By
Republic of China Army Operational
Türk Kara Kuvvetleri (Turkish Land Forces) Operational
United States Marine Corps Operational

Bell AH-1W SuperCobra

 

Forum Proceedings related to the Bell AH-1W SuperCobra

AH-1W MSC/NASTRAN Finite Element Analysis Correlation
Michael Seifert, Bell Helicopter Textron, Inc.

 

Blast Fragmentation Tolerant Canopy for an AH-1W Cobra
Schadler, Jeremy; Squires, Mark

 

Correlation Between Stress Pattern Analysis by Thermal Emission (SPATE) Test and Finite-Element Modeling (FEM) for the AH-1W Tailboom
R. D. Hilton and L. A. King, Bell Helicopter Textron, Inc.

 

Evolution of the Venom Variant of the AH-1W Supercockpit
C.D. Holley, Bell Helicopter Textron, Inc.; M.L. Busbridge, GEC-Marconi Avionics Ltd.

 

Expanding USMC Roles for the AH-1W SuperCobra
Col. T. Crews, USMC and K.A. Stanzione, Praxis Technologies Corp.

 

Future Military Operations for the AH-1W: A Desert Storm Perspective
Colonel Curtis T. Crews, USMC, NAVAIR; Kaydon A. Stanzione, Praxis Technologies Corporation; David J. Simkins, IBM Federal System Company

This paper was not submitted in time to be included in the printed Proceedings.

 

The Four-Bladed Main Rotor System For The AH-1W Helicopter
J.H. Harse, Bell Helicopter Textron

 

 

Vertiflite articles related to the Bell AH-1W

Vertiflite, March/April 1992

Enhanced "Ilities" for the USMC AH-1W -

 

Vertiflite, May/June 1992

AH-1W Lessons Learned During Operation Desert Storm -

 

Vertiflite, November/December 1986

AH-1W SuperCobra Joins the Fleet Marine Force -

 

Vertiflite, November/December 1987

AH-1W Super Cobra: Around-the-Clock Firepower for the Fleet Marine Force -

 

Vertiflite, November/December 1989

AH-1W Past, Present and Future -

 

 

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Bell AH-1W SuperCobra

 

Overview

 

 

Main rotor

 

 

Tail rotor

 

 

Bell AH-1W SuperCobra

Aircraft Notes

Ref. Author(s) Title Source Date Type
39 Peoples, Kenneth Bell AH-1 Cobra Variants Aerofax, Arlington TX 1988 Book
  Aerofax Datagraph 4
124 Polmar, Norman The Naval Institute Guide to the Ships and Aircraft of the U.S. Fleet Naval Institute Press, 2001 2001 Book
128 Crews, Curtis T and Stanzione, Kaydon Expanding USMC Roles for the AH-1W SuperCobra AHS Forum 47 1991 Meeting paper or Presentation
  Presented at the 47th Annual Forum of the American Helicopter Society, Mesa, AZ, May, 1991