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  Bell AH-1S Tow Cobra (Famous Fighter Series No. 44) #FI0016
Bell AH-1S Tow Cobra (Famous Fighter Series No. 44)
Military Helicopter

 The AH-1 Cobra is an American two bladed, single engined attack helicopter designed and built by Bell Helicopter.  The AH-1 Cobra was initially deployed in 1967 during the latter stages of the Vietnam War and was used as the backbone of the United States Army's attack helicopter fleet up through the 1990s.  While the AH-1 was used by the Japan Self Defense Forces, Republic of Korea Army and Israeli Air Force, a twin engined version continues to be used by the United States Marine Corps.  To date, over 1,100 units of all variants have been produced.  The AH-1S Tow Cobra was built with a larger 1,800 h.p. engine and came equipped with a deadly TOW missile system which porved to be very effective in knocking out enemy armored vehicles.  The AH-1S Tow Cobra carried a crew of two (pilot and gunner) and had the following operational characteristics: 1) Top speed approaching 220 m.p.h.; 2) Effective combat range of about 350 miles and 3) Service ceiling of just over 11,000 feet.  This older, out-of-production Bell AH-1s is molded in green plastic and includes the following features: 1) Authentic markings for a helicopter operated by the United States Army during the Vietname War; 2) Clear canopy; 3) Two crew figures; 4) Various accessory parts and Illustrated assembly instructions.  The box is in like new condition.  Never started and 100% complete with all parts, decals and instructions inventoried.

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