By Chris Bishop
The Boeing (McDonnell Douglas, previously Hughes) AH-64A Apache is the U.S. Army's basic assault helicopter, and the main complex helicopter gunship flying at the present time. the most costly rotary-winged plane ever equipped while it was once brought within the early Nineteen Eighties, it has considering the fact that proved its worthy on battlefields world wide, seeing motion within the Gulf struggle, Afghanistan, Bosnia, Kosovo and the new clash in Iraq. This ebook examines the layout, improvement and deployment of a quick-reacting, airborne guns procedure that may struggle shut and deep to ruin, disrupt, or hold up enemy forces.
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Extra resources for Apache AH-64 Boeing (McDonnell Douglas) 1976-2005 (New Vanguard, Volume 111)
B1:YAH-64 PROFILE The second Hughes YAH-64 prototype, and the first to fly, was AV-02 (Air Vehicle 02). Its first free hover took place on September 30, 1975, piloted by Hughes company test pilots Robert Perry and Raleigh Fletcher. All of the prototypes were minimally equipped, with basic flight instruments only. In this early form the aircraft did not carry the TADS/PNVS (Target Acquisition and Designation System/Pilot’s Night Vision System) under the nose, and the nose itself had not yet been developed into its final form.
For identification purposes at night the helicopters carry an infrared-reflective “V”-shaped marking on the rear of the fuselage. 113 “Hornet” or “Wasp” Squadron, which had formerly operated the Dassault Ouragan, IAI Nesher and IAI Kfir, and Israeli AH-64s have seen extensive use in reprisal raids against Hizbollah and other Islamic groups seen as responsible for instigating suicide bomb attacks in Israel. Although the AH-64 is capable of greater precision than any other aerial attack platform, such raids necessarily cause some collateral damage, which often includes injuring or even killing innocent bystanders.
C: AH-64A IN THE GULF Apaches fighting in the first Gulf War had to operate through extremely hostile conditions. Desert dust is highly penetrating, and engine maintenance was vital to ensure the high level of serviceability demonstrated by the US Army’s Apache force. Extremely high temperatures, plus a surprising amount of wet weather in the early months of 1991, added further challenges, but it was the Iraqi destruction of Kuwaiti oil facilities that added a unique series of problems. Burning oil wells covered the battlefield in a thick layer of black, greasy smoke, impairing visibility and adding peril to any kind of low-level flight.
Apache AH-64 Boeing (McDonnell Douglas) 1976-2005 (New Vanguard, Volume 111) by Chris Bishop