Hobby Master 1-72 Helicopters
HH1214 Boeing AH-64DHA "Pegasus" ES 1009, Hellenic Army, Tatoi Airport, Greece, 2014

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 deadliest machines over the battle field.

In 2014 the third consecutive Athens Flying Week air show took place from September 25th – 28th between Faliro and Tatoi airport. Part of the participating aircraft involved the Greek Army Aviation Display Team “Pegasus”. The “Pegasus” Display Team is comprised of helicopters and crews from the 1st and 2nd Attack Helicopter Battalions from the Hellenic Army and given special markings for the occasion. This air show is considered the best in the south eastern part of Europe. AH-64DHA ES 1009 was manufactured as BuNo 92-0494 c/n PV884.

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