From Chu Lai to the Fulda Gap

From Chu Lai to the Fulda Gap (HM1Z7R)

Location: Carlisle, PA 17013 Cumberland County
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Country: United States of America
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N 40° 12.167', W 77° 9.488'

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AH-1G to AH-1S

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.
HM NumberHM1Z7R
Placed ByU.S. Army Heritage and Education Center
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Date Added Tuesday, June 27th, 2017 at 3:01pm PDT -07:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)18T E 316321 N 4452498
Decimal Degrees40.20278333, -77.15813333
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 40° 12.167', W 77° 9.488'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds40° 12' 10.02" N, 77° 9' 29.28" W
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Area Code(s)717
Closest Postal AddressAt or near Army Heritage Trail, Carlisle PA 17013, US
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