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1967 - First flight of Kamov Ka-25PS

1975 - First flight of the second Sikorsky S-69/XH-59A ABC demonstrator

1979 - First flight of the Bell 214ST

Our latest featured aircraft for July is the Bell AH-1W SuperCobra .


Sometimes known as the ‘Whiskey Cobra', the aircraft was designed as an attack helicopter to be operated by two crew. The first production aircraft was delivered in March 1986, 32 months after the award of the development contract.

The aircraft could carry the following armaments,

  • 2.75 and 5 inch rockets
  • TW, Hellifire, Sidewinder and Sidearm missiles
  • Parachute flares
  • Turreted 20mm, chin mounted gun (General Electric M-197 Vulcan cannon)

 The aircraft aircraft was capable of the following roles,

  • Escort to transport helicopters
  • Close-in/Landing Zone fire support
  • Forward air controller
  • Anti-armor

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Company names associated with aircraft

A number of aircraft carry associated company names that may seem odd at first. On pages related to specific aircraft the company is that of the latest/last manufacturer. On the Type page the company name is the company with the over-arching responsibility for the design of this family of aircraft (this can change over time). This approach ensures that both individual manufacturing and overall design responsibilities are properly recognized.

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