Designed in the 1960s as the world's first attack helicopter, the AH-1 Cobra has had a long service life and modernized variants are still in use around the world today. We acquired AH-1F 068 in late 2019 and are researching its history while preparing it for restoration and display.
(Left) AH-1F 068 in government storage outside Tehachapi, California in 2019. (Photo courtesy of Parker Newman, Kern County Fire Dept.)
OH-58A+ 548 was built as a standard "A" model helicopter and saw service as a scout in a number of US Army cavalry regiments. It was later upgraded to A+ configuration and flown on counternarcotics operations by the Massachusetts Army National Guard. This helicopter is currently undergoing restoration for display in 2021.
(Right) Chief Warrant Officer Colleen Picard takes OH-58A+ "548" for a final flight on August 16, 2013 to celebrate her retirement from the Massachusetts Army National Guard. (Photo courtesy of CW5 David Picard)
Huey 948 served in combat throughout many of the years of American involvement in the Vietnam War, rotating through several units and seeing intense action between 1966-72. This helicopter is closely associated with the 120th Assault Helicopter Company Razorbacks, with which it logged more than 1,400 mission hours as a gunship. Huey 948 later flew special operations missions in the Mekong Delta with the navy HA(L)-3 Seawolves. After the war, 948 starred in the Arnold Schwarzenegger action film Terminator 2. This helicopter will be restored for future display.
(Left) UH-1B 948 at Nha Be in Vietnam in 1971 while assigned to the 120th AHC Razorbacks. (Photo courtesy of Razorbacks Armed Helicopters Association)
Manufactured by Bell Helicopter in 1965, Huey 65-09584 ("584") deployed to Vietnam early the following year with the 173rd Assault Helicopter Co. Robin Hoods; it was the very first helicopter of the serial block issued to this unit. Huey 584 was flown as a "slick"—a troop transport, so-called because it lacked the bulging weapons platforms carried by gunships—in 1966 until a crash onto an active LZ ended its combat career. Its sister ship and replacement, UH-1H 091, is currently on display at the Smithsonian Institution. UH-1D 584 will be restored for display in future.
(Right) "Slicks" of the 173rd AHC Robin Hoods carry troops to an LZ in Vietnam, circa 1966/67. (Photo courtesy of Matthew Griffin)
Completed near the end of the Vietnam War, “524" was among the last single-engine Hueys ever produced. Built as a standard UH-1H, this helicopter was later converted to UH-1V (medevac) configuration with the installation of avionics upgrades and rescue equipment. UH-1V 524 was operated by a number of army units, eventually ending up in the 832nd Air Ambulance Company of the Wisconsin National Guard. The 832nd flew this Huey from the late 1990s until adoption of the more modern UH-60 Blackhawk in mid-2009. UH-1V 524 is undergoing restoration for display in 2021.
(Left) UH-1V 524 delivers an injured US Forest Service firefighter to a Missoula, MT trauma center in September, 2003. (Photo courtesy of Peter Emerson)