Vertipedia is a product of the Vertical Flight Society. With data on 855 aircraft, 609 historical milestones, 466 people, and 392 organizations, Vertipedia is your "one-stop shop" for all things vertical lift.

1935 - First flight of a helicopter with articulated/flapping blades (Breguet-Dorand Gyroplane Laboratoire)

1936 - First flight of a practical, controllable helicopter (Focke-Wulf Fw 61)

1936 - First flight of a lateral tandem rotor configuration (Focke-Wulf Fw 61)

1937 - Focke Fw 61 completes breaking all existing helicopter world records

1943 - First flight of the Bell Model 30

Our latest featured aircraft for June 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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