News: Super Cobra in national spotlight
Story by Lance Cpl. Glen Santy
MARINE CORPS AIR STATION CHERRY POINT, N.C. — The History Channel came aboard Marine Corps Air Station Cherry Point, Feb. 14, to get a firsthand look at the AH-1W Super Cobra for its series entitled, “101 weapons that changed the world.”
The home of the Super Cobra, Marine Light Attack Helicopter Squadron 467, hosted the production crew in its hangar.
“The film will cover a wide variety of world-changing weapons,” said Meredith Nutting, a field producer with JWM Productions. “The Cobra was just one of the ones that made the cut.”
The show is one part of a series that highlights the most influential advances in technology, whether it be commonly-used gadgets or upgrades in weapon technology.
Capt. William Powell, the tactics and future operations officer with HMLA-467, said its an honor to have the History Channel showcase their aircraft.
“We’re immensely proud, as a squadron, to have people interested in what we do,” he said. “When someone asks us to come out, we’ll be there for them.”
Apart from interviews with Marines, the squadron also demonstrated some of the capabilities of the aircraft by conducting practice flights around the air station.
“The AH-1W has proven to be a rugged, capable and adaptable airframe, able to meet the many different missions assigned to it throughout its long operational history,” said Capt. Ole Grauke, the adjutant for HMLA-467.
“Its flexibility has kept it a potent player on today’s battlefield through many iterations of airframe and avionics updates, and its ability to provide timely and effective close air support to ground commanders has remained unparalleled since acceptance into the Marine Corps inventory.”