TPS Corner

TPS Corner

On Oct. 30, U.S. Naval Test Pilot School Aviation Program Team personnel finished a 220-hour repainting project of their Bell AH-1G Cobra static display. “Tester 55” began its distinguished service on June 1958 and remained in service until 1984. The aircraft pictured above saw action during Vietnam, where on Feb. 24, 1969, it received damage from enemy small arms and automatic weapon fire. The helicopter took damage to the cockpit and both the fuel and engine systems, but continued flying and completed its mission. Additionally on March 1, 1970, while on an armed helicopter mission over Vietnam, this same aircraft sustained damage by .50 caliber ground fire. The Naval Test Pilot School is honored to be a part of this aircraft’s remarkable story and is proud to preserve this piece of aviation history.