Hobby Master 1/72 Helicopter Series
HH1208 WAH-64D "Operation Herrick" ZJ229, Joint Helicopter Command, 4 Regiment AAC, Afghanistan

In the early 1970’s the US Army wanted a replacement for the AH-1 Cobra so companies submitted proposals. In July 1973 the list was shortened to Hughes and Bell with each building a prototype in 1975. The Army selected the Hughes helicopter because its landing gear was more stable and the main rotor was more damage tolerant. In 1981 3 pre-production AH-64As were given to the Army for testing and named Apache. The Apache went into production in 1982 and has evolved into one of the deadly machines over the battle field.

The first Apache AH1 arrived in the UK in March 1999 with the last of 67 helicopters being delivered in 2004. The British contribution to the War in Afghanistan was called “Operation Herrick”. The operation began in 2002 and finally came to an end in 2014. Part of the many units and squadrons sent to Afghanistan over the years were the Air Army Corps’ third, fourth and ninth regiments. These units spent several tours of five months each tour. WAH-64D c/n DUO63/WAH63 is from the 656th Squadron 4th Regiment AAC.

Apache AH-64D Specifications and Characteristics
Manufacturer/s Hughes Helicopters - 1975/1984 McDonnell Douglas – 1984/1997 Boeing Defense, Space & Security – 1997/Present
Role – Attack Helicopter
Crew – 2 X (Pilot + Co-Pilot/Gunner)
Dimensions
Fuselage Length – 49 ft 5 in (15.06 m) Length/Both Rotors Turning – 58.17 ft (17.73 m) Width – 17 ft (5.23 m) Height AH-64D NR (Non Radar) - 12.7 ft (3.87 m) AH-64D Longbow - 16.2 ft (4.95 m) Rotor Diameter – 48 ft (14.63 m)
Performance
Power-Plants 2 X General Electric T700-GE-701C Producing 1,890 shp Per Engine Speed Maximum – 182 mph (158 kts / 293 km/h) Cruise – 165 mph (143 kts / 265 km/h) Range Ferry – 1,180 mi (1,024 nmi / 1,900 km) Combat Radius – 300 mi (260 nmi / 480 km) Minimum Load Service Ceiling – 21,000 ft (6,400 m) Rate Of Climb – 2,500 ft/min (12.7 m/s)
Armament
Guns – 1 X 30 mm (1.18 in) M230 Chain Gun W/1,200 Rounds (As Part Of Area Weapon Subsystem) Hard Points – 4 X Pylons On Stub Wings Rockets Hydra 70 mm CRV7 70 mm APKWS 70 mm Air-To-Ground Missiles 8 X AGM-114 Hellfire 4 X AIM-92 Stinger Spike Missiles