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Bell AH-1J SeaCobra

On loan from the National Museum of the Marine Corps

Bell AH-1J SeaCobra

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.

Specifications

Crew Two
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
Range 359 miles
Service Ceiling 10,500 ft.
Engine Two Pratt & Whitney T400-CP400, producing 1,800 shp
Number Produced 1,271+
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