Sometimes known as the ‘Whiskey Cobra'


Data on design, manufacture and status

Design authority: Bell Helicopter Textron, Inc.

Primary manufacturer: Bell Helicopter Textron, Inc.

Parent type: Bell AH-1 SuperCobra

Aircraft status: Operational


Primary flight and mechanical characteristics

VTOL type: Helicopter

Lift configuration: Single main rotor

Dedicated control device: Tail rotor

Crew required: 2

Crew seating: Tandem

Landing gear: Skids

Layout and Dimensions

Data on aircraft size

Overall Dimensions
Overall Height: 4.19 m 13.7 ft
Overall Length: 17.70 m 58.1 ft
Overall Width: 14.60 m 47.9 ft
Airframe Dimensions
Airframe Length: 13.90 m 45.6 ft
Airframe Width: 3.28 m 10.8 ft
Airframe Height: 4.17 m 13.7 ft
Landing Gear Dimensions
Landing Gear Base:  
Landing Gear Track:  
Cabin Dimensions
Cabin Internal Height:  
Cabin Internal Length:  
Cabin Internal Width:  

Weights and Performance

Data on aircraft weight and flight characteristics

Max Gross Weight (ground): 6,690 kg 14,750 lb
Max Gross Weight (airborne):  
Max Take-off Weight: 6,690 kg 14,750 lb
Empty Weight: 4,652 kg 10,255 lb
Useful Load: 2,039 kg 4,495 lb
Empty Weight Fraction: 0.695
Climb Performance
Max Rate of Climb: 10 m/s 2,000 fpm
Hover Performance
Hover Ceiling IGE: 4,497 m 14,754 ft
Hover Ceiling OGE: 915 m 3,002 ft
Max Level Flight Speed: 299 km/h 162 kts
Never Exceed Speed: 352 km/h 190 kts
Service Ceiling: 6,096 m 20,000 ft
Range and Endurance
Max Range: 526 km 284 nm
Max Endurance: 3 hrs 3 hrs

Engine Details

Aircraft powerplant (lift and/or propulsion)

Provided powerplant data is for uninstalled, sea level, static operations.

Number of engines: 2
Designation: GE T700-401 turbine
Manufacturer: GE Aviation
Normal Ratings
Max continuous:  
Take-off / rated:  
OEI Ratings
OEI contingency:  
OEI continuous:  
OEI 30-second:  
OEI intermediate:  

Primary Lift Device

Data on primary lift devices such as main rotors

Main Rotor Characteristics
Diameter: 14.63 m 48.00 ft
Direction of Rotation: Unknown
Hub Type:  
Main Rotor Blade Characteristics
Blade Construction: Bonded aluminum / laminate
Blade Chord: 0.838 m 2.75 ft
Blade Tip Geometry:
Blade Twist:  
Number of Blades: 2
Main Rotor Derived Characteristics
Disc Area: 168.11 m² 1809.6 ft²
Disc Loading: 39.80 kg/m² 8.151 lb/ft²
Solidity: 0.0729
Main Rotor Blade Derived Characteristics
Blade area per blade: 6.13 m² 66.0 ft²
Tip Speed:  

Primary Control Device

Data on primary control devices such as tail rotors

Tail Rotor Characteristics
Diameter: 2.97 m 9.75 ft
Configuration: Unknown
Direction of Rotation: Unknown
Tail Rotor Blade Characteristics
Number of Blades: 2
Blade Construction:  
Blade Chord:  
Blade Twist:  
Tail Rotor Derived Characteristics
Disc Area: 6.94 m² 74.7 ft²
Tail Rotor Blade Derived Characteristics
Tip Speed:  
Blade Area (per blade):  

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