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#2064 Red Bull (Flying Bulls) - Bell TAH-1F Cobra (N11FX)

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Bell TAH-1F Cobra (N11FX) from the Red Bull "Flying Bulls" at the ILA 2006, Berlin-Schönefeld (Germany)
(Internationale Luftfahrt-Ausstellung, ILA or International Aviation Exhibition - also known as Berlin Air Show)

The Bell AH-1 Cobra is a two-blade, single engine attack helicopter manufactured by Bell Helicopter. It was developed using the engine,
transmission and rotor system of the Bell's UH-1 Iroquois. The AH-1 is also referred to as the HueyCobra or Snake. Produced in several versions since 1966, the Bell AH-1 Cobra earned itself a legendary reputation in the Vietnam war. With the delivery of the first Apaches the Army gradually began to part company with the Cobra, only the Marines still use this model. The Flying Bulls new acquirement is an TAH-1F, which was built in the 1980s and was complete wrecked and demilitarised at the end of its service. This relic, which had even be cut in half, was later discovered by the well known American helicopter pilot and collector Chuck Aaron, and completely reassembled by 2002. In 2004, the Flying Bulls discovered this gem and after protracted export formalities - the Pentagon keeps a watchful eye on former military equipment - they were finally able to bring it to Salzburg (Austria), where it was received with all honours in December 2005. The Flying Bulls Bell TAH-1F is made up mainly of original parts straight from the factory. The F version was the last Cobra to be built with just one engine, the Bulls specimen is the last one capable of flying, and is also the only one in Europe. Pilot Siegfried "Blacky" Schwarz, who had to go through special training in the USA for this helicopter, will be exhibiting it mainly at air shows. When the Bell is not flying, it can of course be seen at any time in "Hangar 7" at Salzburg Airport, Austria.