USMC H-1 upgrade program

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  1. gjs238

    gjs238 Well-Known Member

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    - Bell AH-1Z Viper
    - Bell AH-1 SuperCobra

    Nice helicopters, but I can't help but wonder if...

    a) The Army should have initiated such a program years earlier instead of implementing the Boeing AH-64 Apache and Sikorsky UH-60 Black Hawk

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    b) The Marine Corps should have adopted the Boeing AH-64 Apache and Sikorsky UH-60 Black Hawk already developed by the Army

    Is it really necessary for the different services to go in different directions?
     
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    The Apache and the Blackhawk are both much better aircraft than the Cobra and Huey. Don't take me wrong I love the Huey and grew up with them as they were what my father flew and worked on. I served in the Army and was a Blackhawk Crew Chief and can honestly say the Blackhawk is a much more capable aircraft than the Huey is.
     
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    The Cobra first came online with the Army in Vietnam in 66-67, the twin engine versions about 4-5 years later. It amazes me how many weapon sysyems the US still has that was in use when I was got out of the Army almost 40 years ago. I know they're greatly improved, new electronics, uprated engines, improved rotors and transmissions, etc., but the basic design is over 45 years old.

    They've got a long way to go before they outlast the B-52 .
     
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    In my opinion the service life of these great aircraft just shows how great they are.
     
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