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AH-1W vs AH-1T

Paulw

Well-known member
Is anyone familiar with the main differences between these two aircraft? I know that the T was the prototype and the first one to utilize the TOW. Any help would be appreciated.
 

jeaton01

Active member
Copied this text from a web page, the photo if I remember right has one of each.
AH-1W Super Cobra-

Dual Blade Main Rotor and Tail Rotor

Max takeoff weight: 14,750 lbs

Range- 317 nmi

Engines: 2x GE T700–401 Turboshaft: 1,690 shp each

Max Speed: 190 knots

Number of Hellfires carried: 8

AH-1Z Viper-

Quad Blade Main and Tail Rotor

Max Takeoff weight: 18,500 lbs.

Range- 370 nmi

Engines: 2x GE T700–401C: 1,800 shp each

Never Exceed speed: 222 knots, in a dive.

Number of Hellfires carried: 16

169514 AH-1Z 6139201.jpg
 

centaur567

Well-known member
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AH-1T
AH-1J SeaCobraOriginal twin engine version.AH-1J InternationalExport version of the AH-1J SeaCobra.AH-1T Improved SeaCobraImproved version with extended tailboom and fuselage and an upgraded transmission and engines.AH-1W SuperCobra("Whiskey Cobra"), day/night version with more powerful engines and advanced weapons capability.AH-1(4B)W Viper"Four-Bladed Whiskey" test version with a four-bladed bearingless composite main rotor based on Bell 680 rotor. A prototype was converted from AH-1T 161022. This was taken fronmWikipedia. Hope it helps. Gary S. XLV MMXX
 

Paulw

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AH-1T
AH-1J SeaCobraOriginal twin engine version.AH-1J InternationalExport version of the AH-1J SeaCobra.AH-1T Improved SeaCobraImproved version with extended tailboom and fuselage and an upgraded transmission and engines.AH-1W SuperCobra("Whiskey Cobra"), day/night version with more powerful engines and advanced weapons capability.AH-1(4B)W Viper"Four-Bladed Whiskey" test version with a four-bladed bearingless composite main rotor based on Bell 680 rotor. A prototype was converted from AH-1T 161022. This was taken fronmWikipedia. Hope it helps. Gary S. XLV MMXX
Thanks, Gary. I contacted Werner's Wings about the two Academy kits, the T and the W. According to Floyd Jr. the kit is essentially the same and was marketed as a T+ as well. What I was concerned about was if I could use W decals and scheme to complete the kit. I guess I coould do anything that I wanted but I thought it best to seek some info.
 

helios

Well-known member
Glancing through pics online, some differences I can see are in the nose optics (minor) and engines (intake & exhaust). Early Ts didn't appear to have nose optics which I'm guessing were added later as some pics I've seen have them, and some don't (probably one of the T+ changes). The other big difference that would stand out is the "cheek" panels on the W. The W has pronounced bulges on the cheeks below the canopy, which are not present on the T pics I've seen. The cheek panels are probably the biggest thing that scream "I'm a Whiskey".
 
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