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Carlisle in Cumberland County, Pennsylvania — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
 

From Chu Lai to the Fulda Gap

AH-1G to AH-1S

 
 
From Chu Lai to the Fulda Gap Marker image. Click for full size.
By Larry Gertner, September 11, 2012
1. From Chu Lai to the Fulda Gap Marker
Inscription. The AH-1G “Cobra” or “Snake” helicopter system filled the Army’s need for a fast armed escort/attack helicopter in Vietnam. unlike the lightly armed Huey, the Cobra carried an array of weapons systems that quickly proved their tactical value by providing immediate fire suppression and rock barrages to the airmobile doctrine. This Cobra helicopter, tail number 67-15663, first entered service in Vietnam in August of 1968 with F Troop of the 8th Cavalry stationed in Chu Lai. its fuselage is patched from where it took ground fire during a combat mission on November 25, 1969. In Vietnam the Cobra proved it could engage Soviet made armor during the North Vietnamese forces attack on An Loc on March 30, 1972. After Vietnam, the Cobra series helicopters added the TOW missile system to their weapons package and were designated as AH-1S and redeployed with an additional anti-tank role on the front lines of the Cold War. The Cobra would be on the front line protecting areas such as Frankfort to counter a Soviet/Warsaw pact invasion of Germany through the Fulda Gap. This Cobra served with the 175th Aviation Company and then with 3rd Infantry Division in Germany from 1973 to 1975.
 
Erected by U.S. Army Heritage and Education Center.
 
Location.
Insert - Cobra gunship in action image. Click for full size.
By Larry Gertner, September 11, 2012
2. Insert - Cobra gunship in action
40° 12.167′ N, 77° 9.488′ W. Marker is in Carlisle, Pennsylvania, in Cumberland County. Marker can be reached from Army Heritage Drive. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Carlisle PA 17013, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. The Army’s New 50-Ton Killer (within shouting distance of this marker); Chief Warrant Officer 4 William F. Hale (Retired) (within shouting distance of this marker); Cold War (within shouting distance of this marker); Reforger (within shouting distance of this marker); Team Spirit (within shouting distance of this marker); The "Duster" (within shouting distance of this marker); "Tigers in Support" (within shouting distance of this marker); Defender of Pusan (within shouting distance of this marker). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Carlisle.
 
Categories. War, ColdWar, Vietnam
 
Insert - Cobra gunship armament image. Click for full size.
By Larry Gertner, September 11, 2012
3. Insert - Cobra gunship armament
AH-1 Cobra on display image. Click for full size.
By Larry Gertner, September 11, 2012
4. AH-1 Cobra on display
AH-1 Cobra on display image. Click for full size.
By Larry Gertner, September 11, 2012
5. AH-1 Cobra on display
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 27, 2017. This page originally submitted on June 26, 2017, by Larry Gertner of New York, New York. This page has been viewed 65 times since then. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5. submitted on June 26, 2017, by Larry Gertner of New York, New York. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.
 
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