Bell Cobra 209/AH-1F

The Bell 209/AH-1F Cobra is America’s legendary attack helicopter. For years, it was the U.S. Army’s classic attack helicopter. Produced in several versions since 1966, the Bell AH-1 Cobra earned a legendary reputation in the Vietnam War. With the delivery of the first Apaches, the Army gradually began to move away from the Cobra; the Marines and some other countries still use this model.

The Flying Bulls’ new acquisition is a Bell 209/AH-1F originally built in 1967. It was “modernized” in 1976 by conversion to the “S” model, called “AH-1 S”. This Cobra was given by the US military to a mechanic school for use as a training tool. It was discovered in a derelict condition in 2010 by noted American helicopter collector Brian Reynolds. In 2020, this Cobra was completely restored and customized for The Flying Bulls.

The Flying Bulls discovered this gem and, after lengthy export formalities – the Pentagon keeps a watchful eye on former military equipment – were finally able to bring it to Salzburg, where it was received with all honors in March 2021.

The Flying Bulls’ Bell AH-1F/209 Cobra is made entirely of original parts straight from the factory and this example is the only one of two Cobras in Europe.
The Flying Bulls pilots, who had to undergo special training for this helicopter in the USA, will use it mainly at airshows.
When the Bell Cobra is not flying, it can of course be viewed at any time in Hangar-7 at Salzburg Airport.

Bell Cobra 209/AH-1F

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