|Bell AH-1 Cobra (cockpit)|
| During the Vietnam War the helicopter debuted as one of the most important, versitle, and heavily used aircraft of the war. It was soon learned that a helicopter would make a perfect platform to serve as a flying gunship. The first gunship used was the Bell UH-1B Huey. It carried the name "Cobra" and was heavily armed. Bell soon began producing the UH-1C, which replaced the B model as the gunship, until a new design would would be built for that sole purpose. The Huey performed well as a gunship, but it was too large and easy to overload with armament.
The AH-1 Cobra was developed as an attack helicopter and the prototype first flew in 1965. The U.S Army and Marines were the operators of the gunship.
|This cockpit had at one time been part of a real aircraft. When aquired by the museum, it had been in outside storage for many years. It was stripped completely of all instruments, panels, and seats, and basically eveything else that would have made it resemble an aircraft. It had been a condo for rabbits and other varmits.|
|Day one, the nose is just a frame. Pat installs the gun sight turret. Bev works on the top fairing.|
|The gunners position now has all the instruments, gunsight, side panels and seats complete with armour plating.|
| Shayne paints