The Marines—God bless ’em—have a reputation for making do with whatever equipment, weapons, and tasking that comes their way and, to their credit, usually do a damn fine job accomplishing the mission with whatever they have. This goes for Vietnam-era assault helicopters originally operated by the U.S. Army.
On this episode, U.S. Marine Corps Reserve Major Travis “Jayhoon” Denny joins us to explain why the Bell AH-1 Cobra makes such an effective platform for the core Marine mission: supporting the grunts on the ground. As a Weapons and Tactics Instructor and experienced pilot in both the AH-1W and Z models, Jayhoon is well versed on the Cobra’s unique capabilities and weapons systems, including the AIM-9 Sidewinder air-to-air missile.
Listener questions and feedback addressed on this episode include the radars an AGM-88 High-speed Anti-radiation Missile. A missile designed to home in on surface-to-air radar emitters, such as those affiliated with early warning detection and SAMs. can target, thoughts on drones and drone pilots, and comments on our previous Tiger Cruise and A-3 Skywarrior episodes.
Episode artwork by Janek Krause. Bumper music by Jaime Lopez / announcements by Clint Bell.