The history of the Cobra helicopter is a long and varied one, characterized by extensive deployment in some of the most vibrant theaters of war. Designed in 1965, we are quick approaching the 50th Anniversary of the craft's creation into the world of combat flight, so it seems prompt that we must be presented with this, a detailed historical account of the numerous landmarks of the Cobra's service history. This greatly shown volume communicates the tale of the Cobra from the days of early development and principle dissection right with to modern day utilizes, in both combat and civil contexts. Information of the early trials at Rucker are detailed, as is the birth of air mobile deployment, offering an illuminating insight into a most eventful period of developmental development. A full account of the Cobra's service history during the Vietnam project is also on display, explaining the numerous strategies and weapons utilized. The development of famous versions such as the King Cobra and Supercobra is laid out, their specific histories set together with those of lesser-known and under-sung types, one off designs and strangeness that include yet more color to this remarkable history.
Included together with the authors text are direct accounts that supplement the history, perking up the facts with accounts of real pilot experience, the handling and flying features that can possibly only truly be explained by those in command of such machinery.
The work is brought extensively up to date with information of existing deployment and utilizes in both combat and civil capacities. The employment of the Cobra by NASA and USCS shows its effectiveness in a range of fields, proving that the craft is a lot more than a simple component part of the machinery of war. This book makes certain to attract helicopter and aeronautics lovers keen to improve their understanding of this famous kind. It has actually been long defined, and with good reason, as 'the Spitfire of the helicopter world'-- here it is given the platform it is entitled to in order to be valued by a broader audience.