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Bell AH-1J SeaCobra
On loan from the National Museum of the Marine Corps
Did You Know?
- The Bell AH-1J SeaCobra is a member of the twin engine (Marine version) Cobra family that includes the AH-1T SeaCobra and AH-1W SuperCobra, which first took flight in 1969.
- The first AH-1 built was in 1965.
- Additional armament capabilities that were carried under the stub wings were minigun pods, and TOW or Hellfire missiles, making the SeaCobra a force to be reckoned with during the Vietnam War, Grenada, and Panama.
- During Operation Urgent Fury in Grenada in 1983, SeaCobras proved valuable in close-support and helicopter escort missions.
- The U.S. Army utilized Cobras in Operation Just Cause during the U.S. invasion of Panama in 1989.
|Main Rotor Diameter||44 ft.|
|Tail Rotor Diameter||8 ft. 6 in.|
|Length||44 ft. 7 in.|
|Height||13 ft. 8 in.|
|Maximum Takeoff Weight||10,000 lbs.|
|Basic Armament||One three-barrel 20-mm rotary cannon|
|Maximum Speed||207 mph|
|Service Ceiling||10,500 ft.|
|Engine||Two Pratt & Whitney T400-CP400, producing 1,800 shp|