I worked at Emerson Electric and worked on the Sioux scout program. We made the turret and gun sight and I worked at Bell in Fort Worth helping integrate the Gun system. We also went to Fort Sill and made movies. Joe Mashman was a Bell Pilot at the Time> I fired the guns in the movies and did a lot of flying in the sioux. Joe Mashman taught me how to fly it. Old good memories. It had dual controls.
David Hatcher, e-mail, 27.05.2013 13:59
Ref previous post, A typo Model "208" should be Model "207" Sorry Bell Model 208 was the first twin engine version of the Model 205. In fact Bell used the YUH1D airframe borrowed (bailed) from the Army (60-6030, sn703)
David Hatcher, e-mail, 25.05.2013 15:24
This aircraft was never intended for "combat". It was a concept demonstrator. Bell was already constructing a “Warrior” tandem seating apparently using the drive train from the UH1. Bell borrowed a tailboom off a UH1B for photos of it. It had a more steeply stepped crew seating more akin to the MIL 24 Hind. The “concept” eventually morphed into the Bell Model 209 demonstrator and the AH1G. The “wing” on the aircraft is actually the fuel tank. Later photos show 2.75 FFAR on each wing which were “dummies” and inert. Both the Model 208 and the first 209 are in non-display storage at the Army Aviation Museum at Fort Rucker, Alabama. The first AH1G hangs from the ceiling in the main hall of the museum.
Adam Hasbrouck, e-mail, 19.08.2008 00:54
My dad was one of the original test pilots for this aircraft. It's one of his best memories!
CWO Louis Rochat, e-mail, 29.03.2007 21:55
I transitioned into and flew the AH-1G Cobra upon graduation from Ft Rucker in Jan 1970. In Apr 1970 I was flying an AH1G in the first group of aircraft to Invade Cambodia. Over the next 11 years I flew every Cobra thru the AH1S model. And though I also flew the Hughes OH6A in combat and think it is pretty much the greatest helicopter made, the AH1G Cobra is a tie with the Hughes. The Army made a huge mistake getting rid of the Cobra. At least the USMC knew what they had and still use the Cobra today. Of course it has been 37 years since first flying the Cobra but I would not hestitate to get back in it,,,,unless there was an European Tiger available. And nothing will ever replace the Bell Huey! Headhunter 16, 9th Air Cavalry.