The Boeing AH-64 Apache is a four-blade, twin-engine attack helicopter with a tailwheel-type landing gear arrangement, and a tandem cockpit for a two-man crew. Originally, the Apache started life as the Model 77 developed by Hughes Helicopters for the United States Army’s Advanced Attack Helicopter program to replace the AH-1 Cobra, and was first flown on 30 September 1975. The AH-64 was introduced to U.S. Army service in April 1986.

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The AH-64 Apache features a nose-mounted sensor suite for target acquisition and night vision systems. It is armed with a 30-millimeter (1.2 in) M230 Chain Gun carried between the main landing gear, under the aircraft’s forward fuselage. It has four hardpoints mounted on stub-wing pylons, typically carrying a mixture of AGM-114 Hellfire missiles and Hydra 70 rocket pods. The AH-64 has a large amount of systems redundancy to improve combat survivability.
The U.S. Army selected the YAH-64, by Hughes Helicopters, over the Bell YAH-63 in 1976, and later approved full production in 1982. McDonnell Douglas continued production and development after purchasing Hughes Helicopters from Summa Corporation in 1984. The first production AH-64D Apache Longbow, an upgraded version of the original Apache, was delivered to the Army in March 1997. Production has been continued by Boeing Defense, Space & Security; over 1,000 AH-64s have been produced to date.
The U.S. Army is the primary operator of the AH-64; it has also become the primary attack helicopter of multiple nations, including Greece, Japan, Israel, the Netherlands and Singapore; as well as being produced under license in the United Kingdom as the AgustaWestland Apache. U.S. AH-64s have served in conflicts in Panama, the Persian Gulf, Kosovo, Afghanistan, and Iraq. Israel used the Apache in its military conflicts in Lebanon and the Gaza Strip; both British and U.S. Apaches have seen deployments in Afghanistan and Iraq.

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  • JRGarland
    JRGarland11 months ago

    This is my favorite helicopter. Awesome capture!!

  • Then it’s entirely appropriate that you are the very first person alive to see this one hot off the press so to speak! :-) Thanks so much for another “awesome” my friend,cheers

    – Chris Lord

  • Lou-Garew
    Lou-Garew11 months ago

    Hard to believe an attack helicopter can be beautiful, but you’ve made it so. Great job!

  • I doubt whether it’s victims paused to reflect on that! :-) Most kind of you Lou, thanks very much indeed, cheers.

    – Chris Lord

  • EdsMum
    EdsMum11 months ago

    Congratulations – 15th Oct., 2013 – Shirley, Jean & Rene

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  • Graeme Mockler
    Graeme Mockler11 months ago

    Incredible capture ! Great lighting and focus

  • Kind of you to say so Graeme, thanks very much indeed

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  • John Velocci
    John Velocci11 months ago

  • Cheers

    – Chris Lord

  • Nigel Bangert
    Nigel Bangert11 months ago

    This is a superb image Chris, I love this helicopter it looks so aggressive, the sky is brilliant.

  • Definitely a fun pic to work on Nigel, pleased that you enjoyed it, thanks very much, cheers.

    – Chris Lord

  • Edward Denyer
    Edward Denyer11 months ago

    Good one Chris. – Ted

  • Thanks very much Ted

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  • pat gamwell
    pat gamwell11 months ago

    10-16-13

    CONGRATULATIONS! Beautiful work!

  • Ah, a treat! I’m very grateful Pat, thanks very much for the honor, cheers.

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  • Colin J Williams Photography
    Colin J Willia...11 months ago

    This is superb work !! – Colin

  • Thanks very much Colin, cheers

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  • Colin J Williams Photography
    Colin J Willia...11 months ago

  • Honored and extremely grateful. Thanks very much Colin, cheers

    – Chris Lord

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