Bell 209 'N209J'
The Bell 209 was effectively the prototype for the AH-1 Cobra, although it had retractable skids and an armoured glass canopy which were replaced before the AH-1 was built. This was also the first machine to feature a snakes head design to the flight controls, which is where the 'Cobra' nickname started from. The prototype first flew in September 1965, less than eight months after the contract was issued. By April 1966 it had won the evaluation programme and was ordered into production.
Interestingly, when 'Matchbox' produced their 1:72 scale plastic kit of the 'AH-1', it appears to have been based on the '209', although the mouldings were later revised.
Stored in Building 6008.
U.S. Army Aviation Museum.