The Bell Huey AH-1 Gunship, often referred to by its nickname “Cobra,” was developed from the basic propulsion system of the UH-1. Heavily armed with rockets, missiles, and machine guns, the Huey Gunship was developed to protect troop carrying helicopters such as the UH-1 from enemy antiaircraft fire and to provide direct fire support to troops on the ground. The success of the Huey Gunship has resulted in a service life of more than half a century.
During WWII, the unique civilian organization did much to boost the morale of soldiers at home and abroad.
Acclaimed General Lloyd Fredendall lost his command after the debacle at the Battle of the Kasserine Pass.
The surprise attack on Pearl Harbor on December 7, 1941, benefited from the firsthand observation of spies on Oahu.