Hobby Master 1/72 Helicopter Series
HH1209 AH-64D "Apache Solo Display” Royal Netherlands Air Force 2010

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.

On June 6, 1997 the AH-64A was officially added to the RNAF. The demonstration team was formed in 2002 but from 2005 – 2009 the team had been halted because of operational duties but in 2010 the solo-team was reformed. In 2010 the Royal Netherlands Air Force’s AH-64D Apache Longbow Solo Display Team is serial Q-19 c/n DN019. The Apache Solo Display Team pilot and helicopter are from the 301st Apache Squadron “Redskins” based at Gilze-Rijen AB. The nickname “Redskins” is derived from the old 314th Squadron “Humphrey the Indian”.

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