The AH-1 Cobra attack helicpter was developed by Bell Helicopter
Textron Canada Limited (Bell model 209) in 1965 as a successor to the
UH-1B and UH-1C Huey utility helicopters that served in Vietnam. It
was the world's first dedicated armed attack helicopter and had a crew
of two in tandem, the pilot in the rear seat and the gunner in the
front. The AH-1 is a fast and heavily armed helicopter and has been
built in many versions over the years. The AH-1G helicopter protected
unarmed Bell UH-1 Huey helicopters during the Vietnam war and was
first used in 1967. A flight also formed hunter-killer units together
with scout helicopters. The Cobra was powered by a Lycoming T53-L-13
turbine engine. This engine, a new wide-bladed rotor and the slim
design of the furselage gave it a maximum speed of 170 knots, which is
about two times the speed of the Hueys it had to protect. This site
shows the restoration of the gunner's instrument panel of an AH-1G
The panel shown below has several original instruments, but the torque, gas producer RPM, Exhaust gas temperature may have been different, and the course indicator has been replaced by a navigation instrument. The warning lights panel (lower right) is missing. The UHF control panel shown is used as a filler. The panel is stamped with the label/part numbers 209-070-111-19 and 209-070-111-21, where the 209 presumably indicates the model 209 helicopter.
This panel seems to be an early version and I would like to ask
anyone who can contribute to improve this site with instruments for
this panel, more information about the helicopter or instruments in
this panel or pictures/images from the AH-1 cockpit (e.g. flight
manual) to contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
|Internally lighted Airspeed indicator, Kearflex Engrg. Co, Warwick, RI., USA.
Maximum speed for the helicopter was about 170 knots.
||Gyro horizon indicator, Bendix Aviation Corp. Eclipse-Pioneer Division, Teterboro, New Jersey. Powered by 115 V, 3 phase 400 Hz source..|
||Altimeter counter pointer type AN5760-4B. This instrument was made by (Nutone) Kollsman Instrument Corporation, Clearwater, Florida.|
||General Electric tachometer displaying engine and rotor RPM. This instrument was made by (Nutone) Kollsman Instrument Corporation, Clearwater, Florida.|
||From top to bottom: Indicator pressure, torque (Bendix Aviation Corp. Eclipse-Pioneer Division), gas producer RPM (General Electric, may not be correct type) and exhaust gas temperature (Lewis Engrg Co) indicators..|
|C-1611D/AIC Intercommunication control panel, made by
Rauland Borg Corporation, US.
|C1904/ARC-27 UHF radio control box, made by
Aircraft Radio Corp., US.
|Misc - CHIP/DET control panel. Stamped with label starting with 209 indicating AH-1 helicopter part.