US Military Attack Helicopters Part 4: The Whiskey Cobra and the Viper
The AH-1T was capable of carrying the TOW missile, but the 530 pound weapon installation hampered the T’s performance. Plans had been in the making since 1974 to upgrade the AH-1T with a more powerful engine, but budget constraints were making the upgrade difficult. So in November of 1979, the Marines loaned an AH-1T to Bell so they could test the feasibility of integrating a pair of GE T700-401 engines with a 2350hp combining gearbox into the T’s airframe. The tests with the modified T yielded superior performance ratings, but the project was halted due to lack of funds. Eventually, attrition and the AH-1T’s weak performance lead to the Navy to giving the go ahead to order the upgraded AH-1T with deliveries scheduled for 1984-85. A contract was issued for for 22 AH-1T Plus aircraft to be delivered in 1985. After successful evaluations, another batch of 22 helicopters were ordered. The new Cobra was so different from the AH-1T it was derived from, that it was redesignated the AH-1W during production. When the Whiskey was introduced with its Hellfire missile armament, it was the only attack helicopter in the world with dual anti-armor capabilities. Deliveries began during March of 1986 and the first unit to place the AH-1W into service was HMLA-169. The USMC also brought 37 AH-1Ts up to the Whiskey standard and by 1997, they had 230 Whiskey Cobras on hand. The Whiskey is capable of carrying the AIM-9 Sidewinder and Stinger missiles, giving it air to air capabilities. The Marines deployed 78 Whiskeys during the Gulf War where they flew 1273 sorties with no combat losses. AH-1W units were credited with destroying 97 tanks, 104 APCs and two AA sites during Desert Storm. The AH-1W has been followed into service by the ultimate member of the Cobra family, the AH-1Z Viper. The Zulu incorporates a new four blade main rotor that has no bearings or hinges. The AH-1Z’s rotor system has 75% fewer parts than other four bladed articulated systems. It has redesigned wings stubs that are longer with a wing tip station for missiles like the AIM-9. Continued ⬇️⬇️
Here's to high waters, hurricanes, sleeping in trucks, community, being water logged, gas station food, warm beer, new friends, service, family and tears. Harvey was a once in a thousand year storm, wouldn't have wanted to brave it w any other guys. ♤ Harvey Facts: Total rainfall hit 51.88 inches, 2 feet falling w in 24 hours. That’s a record for a single storm in the continental U.S. Flooding covered southeast Texas the size of the state of New Jersey. In comparison Hurricane Katrina dropped just 5 to 10 inches of rain in 48 hours. #TB#HurricaneHarvey#TeamHPO#HarveyPutsOut#VeteranRescue#Veterans#Army#Marines#Houston#GulfCoast#Texas#USA#Merica
UNSC: The UNSC ground military had several branches. Most notably was the UNSC Marine Corps, which were fast action responders who were deployed on worlds that were under attack by Covenant forces. There was also the UNSC Army who protected the ground of Human Colonies. If we assume that humanity was a similar ratio of military as the US, the UNSC would have around 160 million active personnel(not including naval crews). The UNSC had several specialized vehicles, including the Mongoose, a recon vehicle with a few offencive capabilities. Next is the famous Warthog, with several different weapon configurations including a machine gun, rocket launcher, and sometimes a gauss cannon. Most powerful was the Scorpion, which has a heavy cannon and a small machine gun. It could also carry a few troops. There is also a modified version with two cannons called a Grizzly Tank. Their largest ground vehicle is the elephant, which while lightly armed(only a few machine guns) is extremely durable and could carry vehicles and troops. In the air the UNSC used Pelicans as their main aerial transport, but was still decently armed with a heavy machine gun and a smaller machine gun could go on the back. The main air superiority aircraft were the Falcon, had one heavy machine gun like the Pelican and two smaller machine guns, and it could also carry a few troops. There is also the Hornet which had a heavy machine gun and rocket launchers, and could also carry two troops #marines#halowars2#halowars#warthog#scorpion#halocombatevolved#halo2anniversary#halo3#halo4#sergeantaveryjohnson
#throwback to 2006 - almost 12 years ago. I was in the Marines and we were deployed to Camp TQ in Iraq. I was a calibration tech in the Marines MOS 2871 and so I wasn’t allowed to go on patrols or leave the wire because there weren’t many of us in the Cal Lab. We worked in the AC because the Lab has to be temperature controlled to calibrate both electronic and dimensional test equipment. We were very fortunate. There were mortar attacks on the base but the 7 months that I was there nobody was injured from them. My roommate and I saw one land about 200 meters from us just a couple of weeks before we left but that was the closest we came to any danger. .
While we were there we went to the gym fairly consistently and both focused on gaining weight. This was the first time I ever weighed 150 lbs. Once I got back home I stopped lifting consistently and went back to 140 lol. If only I had stayed consistent and didn’t wait until 2012 to start lifting seriously. I can only imagine how much more developed my physique would be now. .
My roommate and I also decided not to train legs. I think our reasoning was that we didn’t want bulky legs. Smh 🤦♂️ 😂😂😂
#tbt#throwbackthursday#semperfi#marines#usmc#iraq#gains #2006 #bulklife#gym#middleeast#oef#swole#weightlifting#marinecorps