In the picture at right:

UTAPAO, Thailand - A AH-1 Cobra (Right) and a UH-1Y Huey prepare to touch down at a refuel point before a flight mission during Exercise Cobra Gold 16 in Utapao, Thailand, Feb. 16, 2016. The Huey and Cobra usually fly together to increase mission capabilities. The Huey brings capable sensors and the Cobra brings long distance weapon systems resulting in a reliable escort team. The Marines are with Marine Light Attack Helicopter Squadron 167, currently supporting Marine Aircraft Group 36, 1stl Marine Aircraft Wing, III Marine Expeditionary Force as part of the unit deployment program.

Photo By: Cpl. William Hester
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AH-1W Super Cobra

The AH-1W Super Cobra is a two-place, twin-engine, day/night marginal weather Marine Corps attack helicopter that provides en route escort for assault helicopters and their embarked forces. It had been the only western attack helicopter with a proven air-to-air and anti-radar missile capability.

The AH-1 Cobra was developed in the mid-1960s as an interim gunship for the U.S. Army for use in Vietnam.  

The primary mission of the AH-1W aircraft is as an armed tactical helicopter capable of helo close air support, low altitude and high speed flight, target search and acquisition, reconnaissance by fire, multiple weapons fire support, troop helicopter support, and point target attack of threatening armor.

The AH-1W is a two-place, tandem-seat, twin-engine helicopter capable of land- or sea-based operations. The rear seat pilot is primarily responsible for maneuvering the aircraft. The front pilot controls the aircraft's weapons systems, but also has a full set aircraft controls.

Length: 53 ft. 5 in.
Height: 13 ft. 5 in.
Rotor Diameter: 43 ft. 11 in.
Max Speed: 175 MPH
Crew: 2 (pilot, co-pilot/gunner)

UH-1N Huey

The UH-1N is a light-lift utility helicopter used to support Air Force Global Strike Command missile wings, Air Force District of Columbia, Air Force Survival School training, Air Advisory Operations, Test and Evaluation at Eglin AFB, Fla., and U.S. Pacific Command, as well as other agencies.

The helicopter’s primary missions include:

· Airlift of emergency security and disaster response forces

· Emergency evacuation of key government officials

· Survival School training support

· Security surveillance of off-base movements of nuclear weapons convoys

· Response to search and rescue operations

· Airlift of missile support personnel

· Airborne cable inspections

· Medical evacuation/transport

The UH-1N is capable of flight in instrument and nighttime conditions.

Length: 57 ft. 3 in.
Width: 9 ft. 5 in.
Height: 12 ft. 10 in.
Diameter of Main Rotor: 48 ft.
Max Speed: 149 MPH
Crew: Normally 3 (pilot, co-pilot and flight engineer), but it may be flown single-pilot depending on weather and mission