First flight on
September 21, 1967, the Lockheed CL-840 was the winner of the US Army
's 1965 / 6 AAFSS ( Advanced Aerial Fire Support System ) competition.
Grown from the XH-51, was equipped with an additional pusher prop on
the tail and had a max. speed of 400 Km/h.
By 1968, 10 pre-production units (serial numbers 66-8826 / 8835) were
delivered and others 375 units were approved, but meanwhile the Army
acquired AH-1G HueyCobras, a private - venture design of Bell. Finally,
by the end of 1969, with Cobras already in Vietnam, the US Army
cancelled the AH-56s request.
First Flight : Sep 21, 1967
Engines: 1 * 3435 shp General Electric T64-GE-16
Speed: 370 km/h -- Max: 408
Range: 1400 km
Rate of Climb: 1000 m/min
Weight: Empty: 5320 kg -- Max: 13600
Rotor Span: 15.36 m
Length: 18.30 m
Height: 4.10 m