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Carmelo Turdo, Mark Nankivil and Fred Harl - The Aero Experience Team

Sunday, September 1, 2013

DeSoto, MO VFW Post 1831 Displays Newly-Arrived Army Cobra Helicopter

By Leo Cachat
VFW Post 1831 U.S. Army Cobra on Display

VFW Post 1831 in DeSoto, MO recently received U.S. Army AH-1G Cobra helicopter for display in honor of military veterans.  After a five-year process of requests and preparations, volunteers from the post placed the Cobra, still with its well-worn exterior, on its pad August 10.    It is now wearing a new coat of olive primer, and soon the post will put on two coats of olive drab paint along with the crossed swords of the Air Calvary and shark's teeth on the nose.  The Aero Experience spoke with Post Commander, Sam McElya, today during an initial photo shoot of the Cobra.  McElya, a UH-1 "Huey" mechanic during the Vietnam War, was very pleased that the Cobra has finally arrived.  He recalled times when he was riding in a "Huey" at 130 knots, and the Cobras would pass him at about 170 knots on their way to giving some cover fire to the grunts in battle on the ground.  

The Aero Experience will report again on the Cobra at VFW Post 1831 as it receives its new paint scheme and unit markings.  Here are some views of the Cobra as it stands today:


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