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US Army soldiers give hand signals from M60 main battle tanks during a field training exercise. Two AH-1 Cobra helicopters are hovering overhead

U.S. Army soldiers give hand signals from the turrets of their M-60 main battle tanks during a field training exercise. An AH-1 Cobra helicopter is hovering overhead

Two AH-1 Cobra helicopters stand by ready for take-off during the joint services Operation Gallant Crew '77

Two AH-1 Cobra helicopters face each other while hovering at low altitude during joint Air Force and US Readiness Command training exercise Brave Shield XIX

A left side view of an AH-1 Cobra helicopter in low-level flight during the joint Air Force and US Readiness Command training exercise Brave Shield XIX

AN air-to-air left side view, from left to right, of two OH-58 Kiowa helicopters, four UH-60 Black Hawk helicopters and two AH-1 Cobra helicopters over the city during exercise Bright Star '80

Ground damage inflicted by an AH-1 Cobra gunship helicopter in an aerial firepower demonstration during exercise Bright Star '80

AN AH-1 Cobra gunship helicopter takes part in an aerial firepower demonstration, attended by officials from the Egyptian government, during exercise Bright Star '80

A left front view of an AH-1 Cobra helicopter landing after a mission during exercise Bright Star '80

AN air-to-air left side view, from left to right, of two OH-58 Kiowa helicopters, four UH-60 Black Hawk helicopters and two AH-1 Cobra helicopters in front of two pyramids during exercise Bright Star '80

A right rear view of an AH-1 Cobra helicopter launching missiles for a demonstration during exercise Sentry Castle '81. The helicopter is from the Army Air National Guard

AN air-to-air view of an AH-1 Cobra helicopter firing a missile during exercise Sentry Castle '81. The helicopter is from the Army Air National Guard

A right side view of an AH-1 Cobra helicopter launching missiles for a demonstration during Exercise Sentry Castle '81. The helicopter is from the Army Air National Guard

AN air-to-air left side view of an AH-1 Cobra helicopter, armed with a missile launcher, participating in exercise Sentry Castle '81. The helicopter is from the Army Air National Guard

A left side view of a Marine AH-1 Cobra helicopter parked on the flight line at Naval Air Station, Whiting Field

John S. Herrington, Assistant Secretary of the Navy, Manpower and Reserve Affairs, sits in the cockpit of an AH-1 Cobra helicopter during a visit to Okinawa

GEN Yung Si Wang, right, chief of staff of the Korean army, and BGEN G.H. Bethke, assistant division commander, observe an AH-1 Cobra helicopter from the 229th Airborne Helicopter Battalion participating in target practice at Range 42

Members of Co. C, 268th Attack Helicopter Bn., Fort Lewis, Washington, remove the TOW missile pod from an AH-1 Cobra helicopter. They are preparing the helicopter for an airlift during an emergency deployment readiness exercise (EDRE)

Members of Co. C, 268th Attack Helicopter Bn., Fort Lewis, Wash., guide an AH-1 Cobra helicopter into a C-141B Starlifter aircraft during an Emergency Deployment Readiness Exercise (EDRE)

A US Army AH-1 Cobra close support and attack helicopter is maneuvered by cargo crane. It is part of the military equipment and supplies being transported to Southwest Asian ports in support of Exercise BRIGHT STAR '83, a joint training exercise for American troops, in Egypt, Sudan, and Somalia

An air-to-air right side view of an AH-1 Cobra helicopter firing its 20mm cannon during a mission in support of Operation Urgent Fury

An AH-1 Cobra helicopter flies over several UH-60 Black Hawk (Blackhawk) helicopters parked in a field at Point Salines Airfield during the multiservice, multinational Operation Urgent Fury

An AH-1 Cobra helicopter in low-level flight during the multiservice, multinational Operation URGENT FURY

An AH-1 Cobra helicopter provides close air support for a live-fire exercise at Nightmare Range during Operation BEAR HUNT '84

A view of a transportable helicopter enclosure developed at the U.S. Army Natick Research and Development Center. The enclosure provides a lightweight, quickly-erectable, all-weather shelter for maintenance, repair and inspection of AH-1 Cobra, UH-1 Iroquois, AH-64 Apache and UH-60 Black Hawk (Blackhawk) helicopters

An AH-1 Cobra helicopter flies over armored personnel carriers, during exercise TEAM SPIRIT '84

A right front view of three AH-1 Cobra gunship helicopters in use during Operation Ocean Venture '84. They are assigned to the Army's 17th Cavalry

An AH-1 Cobra gunship helicopter is refueled by a member of the Army's 407th Supply and Service Battalion during Operation OCEAN VENTURE '84. Uniroyal sealdrums, each containing 500 gallons of JP-4 jet fuel, are visible in the foreground

Soldiers approach AH-1 Cobra helicopters staged on a dock during Exercise REFORGER'85

OH-58 Kiowa and AH-1 Cobra helicopters stated on the dock during Exercise REFORGER'85

An AH-1 Cobra helicopter on display during the Army logistics exposition PROLOG'85

A Hawaii Army National Guard AH-1 Cobra helicopter is towed out of a hangar during Exercise OPPORTUNE JOURNEY 85-3

A member of the 19th Air Cavalry, Hawaii Army National Guard, loads white phosphorous rockets aboard an AH-1 Cobra helicopter at the Pohakuloa training area during Exercise OPPORTUNE JOURNEY 85-3

A left side view of a Hawaii Army National Guard AH-1 Cobra helicopter in flight during Exercise OPPORTUNE JOURNEY 85-3

A pilot of the 19th Air Cavalry, Hawaii Army National Guard, prepares to board an AH-1 Cobra helicopter prior to a mission during Exercise OPPORTUNE JOURNEY 85-3

A left side view of an AH-1 Cobra helicopter, front, and an OH-58 Kiowa helicopter flying in formation during Exercise OPPORTUNE JOURNEY 85-3. Both helicopters are from the 19th Air Cavalry, Hawaii Army National Guard

An Army AH-1 Cobra attack helicopter passes over the runway during the air station's annual open house and air show

An Army AH-1 Cobra helicopter during the Air Warrior 85-12 exercise

A right side view of a Marine AH-1 Cobra helicopter in flight

A ground crew performs maintenance on an AH-1 Cobra helicopter during Exercise BRIM FROST'87

A ground crew performs maintenance on an AH-1 Cobra helicopter during exercise Brim Frost '87

Two AH-1 Cobra and two OH-58 Kiowa helicopters prepare for takeoff during Exercise BRIM FROST'87

A ground crew performs maintenance on an AH-1 Cobra helicopter during Exercise BRIM FROST'87

A ground crew performs maintenance on an AH-1 Cobra helicopter during exercise Brim Frost '87

A right side view of a Marine AH-1 Cobra helicopter in flight over two M60A1 main battle tanks during a field exercise

A ground crew performs maintenance on an AH-1 Cobra helicopter during Exercise BRIM FROST'87

An air-to-air right front view of an AH-1 Cobra helicopter during a combined arms live fire Exercise (CALFEX)

An OH-58 Kiowa helicopter, left, and an AH-1 Cobra helicopter at a refueling point during the joint US/South Korean Exercise TEAM SPIRIT '87

An AH-1 Cobra helicopter stands by to take on fuel at a refueling point during the joint US/South Korean Exercise TEAM SPIRIT '87

A member of the Korean Service Corps refuels an AH-1 Cobra helicopter at a refueling point during the joint US/South Korean Exercise TEAM SPIRIT '87

An AH-1 Cobra helicopter takes on fuel at a refueling point during the joint US/South Korean Exercise TEAM SPIRIT '87

An air-to-air rear view of a 503rd Attack Helicopter Battalion AH-1 Cobra helicopter firing its rockets

An underside view of an 81st Tactical Fighter Wing A-10 Thunderbolt II aircraft and a left front view of a 503rd Attack Helicopter Battalion AH-1 Cobra helicopter maneuvering towards their target during an aerial attack training exercise

An air-to-air rear view of a 503rd Attack Helicopter Battalion AH-1 Cobra helicopter firing its rockets

An air-to-air rear right view of a 503rd Attack Helicopter Battalion AH-1 Cobra helicopter firing its rockets

A U.S. Army AH-1 Cobra helicopter gunship participates in Exercise Solid Shield '87

US Army AH-1 Cobra helicopters are secured on the deck of the amphibious assault ship USS GUADALCANAL (LPH 7) before being deployed to the Persian Gulf

An AH-1 Cobra helicopter prepares to touch down at the airfield during Operation Sand Eagle '88

Members of a combat camera crew walk past an AH-1 Cobra helicopter during Operation Sand Eagle '88

A close-up view of rocket and missile launchers mounted on the wing stub of an AH-1 Cobra attack helicopter during Operation SAND EAGLE '88

An AH-1 Cobra helicopter is parked at the airfield during Operation Sand Eagle '88

An AH-1 Cobra helicopter stands on the airfield during Operation Sand Eagle '88

A view of pod attachments for tube-launched, optically-tracked, wire-guided (TOW) missiles on an AH-1 Cobra helicopter during Operation Sand Eagle '88

An AH-1 Cobra attack helicopter is parked with other helicopters near the flight line during Operation SAND EAGLE '88

An AH-1 Cobra attack helicopter taxies from the flight line toward the runway for take off during Operation SAND EAGLE '88

An AH-1 Cobra attack helicopter is photographed by Combat Pictorial Detachment (CPD) video team members Sergeant (SGT) Jose Rodriquez and SPECIALIST Fourth Class (SPC) Chris Cornett from the US Army Visual Information Center (USAVIC) during Operation SAND EAGLE '88

CHIEF Warrant Officer (CWO4) Ralph J. Sabroe from the 1ST Battalion, 17th Air Cavalry Brigade, pilots his AH-1 Cobra helicopter towards the Honduran artillery range at Camp Del Balomple during a mobilization of US Exercise Task Force DRAGON/GOLDEN PHEASANT. The task force, consisting of both the 82nd Airborne Division, was deployed by President Ronald Reagan to help discourage Nicaraguan forces from entering Honduras

Ordnance fired from an AH-1 Cobra helicopter from the 17th Air Cavalry Brigade explodes on a target at the Honduran artillery range at Camp Del Balomple during a mobilization of US Exercise Task Force DRAGON/GOLDEN PHEASANT. The task force, consisting of both the 82nd Airborne Division, and the 7th Light Infantry Division, was deployed by President Ronald Reagan to help discourage Nicaraguan forces from entering Honduras

AH-1 Cobra helicopters in the field during Task Force III, a civic action project in which the West Virginia Army National Guard is constructing a road network and providing health and veterinary services to inhabitants of the Puenta Grande area

Honduran soldiers from the 1ST Artillery Battalion observe as an AH-1 Cobra helicopter from the 17th Air Cavalry Brigade is armed with missiles and 20mm ammunition prior to a combat run on the Camp Del Balomple Range. President Ronald Reagan mobilized U.S. exercise task force Dragon/Golden Pheasant, consisting of both the 82nd Airborne Division and the 7th Light Infantry Division, to help discourage Nicaraguan forces from entering Honduras

A member of the fire support team from the 17th Air Cavalry Brigade uses binoculars to score the hits fired by an AH-1 Cobra helicopter over the Honduran artillery range at Campo Del Balomple during a mobilization of U.S. exercise task force Dragon/Golden Pheasant. The task force, consisting of both the 82nd Airborne Division and the 7th Light Infantry Division, was deployed by President Ronald Reagan to help discourage Nicaraguan forces from entering Honduras

A member of the 17th Air Cavalry Brigade carries 2.75-inch rocket containers from a UH-60 Black Hawk (Blackhawk) helicopter for loading onto an AH-1 Cobra helicopter prior to a combat run on the Camp Del Balomple Range. President Ronald Reagan mobilized US Exercise Task Force DRAGON/GOLDEN PHEASANT, consisting of both the 82nd Airborne Division and the 7th Light Infantry Division, to help discourage Nicaraguan forces from entering Honduras

CAPT. David Hollands, a fire support officer for the 1ST Battalion, 17th Air Cavalry Brigade, calls in the AH-1 Cobra helicopter air strike on the Honduran artillery range at Campo Del Balomple. President Ronald Reagan mobilized U.S. exercise task force Dragon/Golden Pheasant, consisting of both the 82nd Airborne Division and the 7th Light Infantry Division, to help discourage Nicaraguan forces from entering Honduras

An air-to-air right side view of two AH-1 Cobra helicopters from the 17th Air Cavalry Brigade in flight for a combat run on the Camp Del Balomple Range. President Ronald Reagan mobilized US Exercise Task Force DRAGON/GOLDEN PHEASANT, consisting of both the 82nd Airborne Division and the 7th Light Infantry Division, to help discourage Nicaraguan forces from entering Honduras

An air-to-air right side view of an AH-1 Cobra helicopter from the 1ST Battalion, 17th Air Cavalry Brigade, firing two 2.75-inch rockets over the Honduran artillery range at Camp Del Balomple during a mobilization of US Exercise Task Force DRAGON/GOLDEN PHEASANT. The task force, consisting of both the 82nd Airborne Division, was deployed by President Ronald Reagan to help discourage Nicaraguan forces from entering Honduras

A Honduran Soldier from the 1ST Artillery Battalion is shown a 20 mm round of ammunition as an AH-1 Cobra helicopter from the 17th Air Cavalry Brigade is prepared for a combat run on the Camp Del Balomple Range. President Ronald Reagan mobilized US Exercise Task Force DRAGON/GOLDEN PHEASANT, consisting of both the 82nd Airborne Division and the 7th Light Infantry Division, to help discourage Nicaraguan forces from entering Honduras

An air-to-air right side view of two AH-1 Cobra helicopters from the 17th Air Cavalry Brigade in-flight for a combat run on the Camp Del Balomple Range. President Ronald Reagan mobilized U.S. exercise task force Dragon/Golden Pheasant, consisting of both the 82nd Airborne Division and the 7th Light Infantry Division, to help discourage Nicaraguan forces from entering Honduras

An air-to-air right rear view of an AH-1 Cobra helicopter from the 1ST Battalion, 17th Air Cavalry Brigade, preparing to break away after firing rockets and cannon over the Honduran artillery range at Camp Del Balomple during a mobilization of US Exercise Task Force DRAGON/GOLDEN PHEASANT. The task force, consisting of both the 82nd Airborne Division, was deployed by President Ronald Reagan to help discourage Nicaraguan forces from entering Honduras

An AH-1 Cobra helicopter from the 17th Air Cavalry Brigade takes off in the field for a combat run on the Camp Del Balomple Range as an OH-58A Kiowa helicopter starts up its engines. President Ronald Reagan mobilized US Exercise Task Force DRAGON/GOLDEN PHEASANT, consisting of both the 82nd Airborne Division and the 7th Light Infantry Division, to help discourage Nicaraguan forces from entering Honduras

Honduran soldiers from the 1ST Artillery Battalion observe as 2.75-inch rockets are prepared for loading on an AH-1 Cobra helicopter from the 17th Air Cavalry Brigade prior to a combat run on the Camp Del Balomple Range. President Ronald Reagan mobilized U.S. exercise task force Dragon/Golden Pheasant, consisting of both the 82nd Airborne Division and the 7th Light Infantry Division, to help discourage Nicaraguan forces from entering Honduras

CHIEF Warrant Officer (CWO4) Ralph J. Sabroe from the 1ST Battalion, 17th Air Cavalry Brigade, pilots his AH-1 Cobra helicopter towards the Honduran artillery range at Camp Del Balomple during a mobilization of US Exercise Task Force DRAGON/GOLDEN PHEASANT. The task force, consisting of both the 82nd Airborne Division, was deployed by President Ronald Reagan to help discourage Nicaraguan forces from entering Honduras

Members of the fire support team from the 17th Air Cavalry Brigade score the hits fired by an AH-1 Cobra helicopter over the Honduran artillery range at Camp Del Balomple during a mobilization of US Exercise Task Force DRAGON/GOLDEN PHEASANT. The task force, consisting of both the 82nd Airborne Division, and the 7th Light Infantry Division, was deployed by President Ronald Reagan to help discourage Nicaraguan forces from entering Honduras

A right side view of an AH-1 Cobra helicopter from the 17th Air Cavalry Brigade takes off during a combat run on the Camp Del Balomple range. President Ronald Reagan mobilized US Exercise Task Force DRAGON/GOLDEN PHEASANT, consisting of both the 82nd Airborne Division and the 7th Light Infantry Division, to help discourage Nicaraguan forces from entering Honduras

An air-to-air right side view of an AH-1 Cobra helicopter from the 1ST Battalion, 17th Air Cavalry Brigade, firing its 20 mm cannon over the Honduran artillery range at Camp Del Balomple during a mobilization of US Exercise Task Force DRAGON/GOLDEN PHEASANT. The task force, consisting of both the 82nd Airborne Division, and the 7th Light Infantry Division, was deployed by President Ronald Reagan to help discourage Nicaraguan forces from entering Honduras

An AH-1 Cobra helicopter lifts off from a landing zone during Operation GOLDEN PHEASANT

The main building of the Iranian Sassan oil platform burns after being hit by a BGM-71 tube-launched, optically-tracked, wire-guided (TOW) missile fired from a Marine AH-1 Cobra helicopter. The attack was part of Operation Praying Mantis which was launched after the guided missile frigate USS SAMUEL B. ROBERTS (FFG-58) struck a mine on April 14, 1988

The main building of the Iranian Sassan oil platform burns after being hit by a BGM-71 Tube-launched, Optically-guided, Wire-guided (TOW) missile fired from a Marine AH-1 Cobra helicopter. The attack was part of Operation Praying Mantis which was launched after the guided missile frigate USS SAMUEL B. ROBERTS (FFG-58) struck an Iranian mine on April 14, 1988

The main building of the Iranian Sassan oil platform burns after being hit by a BGM-71 Tube-launched, Optically-tracked, Wire-guided (TOW) missile fired from a Marine AH-1 Cobra helicopter. The attack was part of Operation Praying Mantis which was launched after the guided missile frigate USS SAMUEL B. ROBERTS (FFG-58) struck an Iranian mine on April 14, 1988

As an AH-1 Cobra helicopter flies overhead, a PBR Mark 3 riverine patrol boat from Special Boat Unit 26 (SBU-26) escorts the nuclear-powered attack submarine USS SEAHORSE (SSN-669) into a lock

A view of a rocket launcher and pod attachments for tube-launched, optically-tracked, wire-guided (TOW) missiles on an AH-1 Cobra helicopter which is being shipped to the Middle East in support of Operation Desert Shield

AH-1 Cobra helicopters stand at the Port of Houston in preparation for shipment to the Middle East in support of Operation Desert Shield

A view of UH-1N Iroquois and AH-1 Cobra helicopters parked on the flight line at Lonesome Dove Expeditionary Airfield during Operation Desert Storm

Four U.S. Army UH-1 Iroquois helicopters, an OH-58 Kiowa helicopter and two AH-1 Cobra helicopters fly over Bishop's Point near the Military Sealift Command ocean surveillance ship USNS TENACIOUS (T-AGOS-17).

AH-1 Cobra gunships are wrapped for transport as they line a pier in preparation for loading aboard Military Sealift Command vehicle cargo ships. The helicopters will be redeployed to the United States in the aftermath of Operation Desert Storm

UH-1 Iroquois helicopters and AH-1 Cobra gunships wrapped in protective covering stand on the deck of a Military Sealift Command vehicle cargo ship in preparation for redeployment to the United States in the aftermath of Operation Desert Storm

Soldiers of the 1181st Transportation Terminal Unit hold up the tail of a covered AH-1 Cobra helicopter as it is towed onto the Saudi Arabian roll-on/roll-off cargo ship SAUDI HAIL during loading operations at Blount Island Terminal. Helicopters and support equipment of the 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault) are being loaded aboard the Saudi Hail for transport to the Persian Gulf region for Operation Desert Shield

Soldiers of the 1181st Transportation Terminal Unit prepare to move a covered AH-1 Cobra helicopter onto the Saudi Arabian roll-on/roll-off cargo ship SAUDI HAIL during loading operations at Blount Island Terminal. Helicopters and support equipment of the 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault) are being loaded aboard the Saudi Hail for transport to the Persian Gulf region for Operation Desert Shield

An AH-1 Cobra helicopter, encased in protective plastic for shipping, is raised by crane during loading of military equipment aboard the rapid-response vehicle cargo shp USNS CAPELLA (T-AKR-293). The equipment will be transported back to Germany in the aftermath of Operations Desert Shield/Desert Storm

UH-60 Black Hawk (Blackhawk) and AH-1 Cobra helicopters are loaded aboard the rapid-response vehicle cargo ship USNS CAPELLA (T-AKR-293) in preparation for transportation back to Germany in the aftermath of Operatioans Desert Shield/Desert Storm

An AH-1 Cobra helicopter is lowered toward a hold on the rapid-response vehicle cargo ship USNS CAPELLA (T-AKR-293) for transportation back to Germany in the aftermath of Operations Desert Shield/Desert Storm. The helicopters are encased in protective plastic for shipping

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