Bell AH-1W Super Cobra helicopters, which have served the U.S. Marine Corps (USMC) for nearly 34 years, have been retired.
The AH-1W, which made its final flight last week, was the backbone of the USMC's fleet of special attack helicopters. Super Cobras, who also participated in the 1991 Gulf War, participated in USCM's operations for more than 930,000 hours.
The AH-1Ws, who served during the US interventions in Haiti, Yugoslavia and Libya, continued their combat-ready missions without the need for extensive post-war care despite the intense tempo.
Powered by two General Electric T700-GE-401 turboshaft engines, the Super Cobras are also in the inventory of Taiwan and Turkey.