Editor, The Armory Life
Hello all, here is today's article posted on TheArmoryLife.com. It is titled “AH-64 Apache: Boeing’s Tank-Busting Helo” and can be found at https://www.thearmorylife.com/ah-64-apache/.
Well i assume you need a run outta poop townWho the hell wants to sit near the intake!
I was a helicopter pilot with the First Cav in Nam 69-70.
After flight school - and before going to Nam - I was assigned to the Aircraft Maintenance Officer Course (aka AMOC). We were shown a video of the Apache during its flight demo for the Army. All of us pilots were practically drooling over what we saw it could do.
It was not “developed after” Nam - in fact, the ‘64’ in its designator stands for the design year. It is officially the AH-64: the ‘A’ is for Attack, the ‘H’ is for Helicopter, and ‘64’ was the design year. Congress and the LBJ administration quashed the program because they wanted to spend the money on other things. President Reagan and his administration got the Apache on line.
In the summer of 2005 we were running missions from BIAP to Abu Ghraib prison, and on our way back to BIAP a fuel truck had overturned at a roundabout on the main road into BIAP. There were 20 foot walls on either side of the road, so there was no turning around and finding a new route. So here we are, stuck in a mile long line of traffic, and haji decides to start walking mortars into our position. They were pretty inaccurate at first, but after they got the range they started walking the rounds directly at the traffic jam. We’re stuck, can’t go forward or backward, so I climbed down from the turret and hoped haji ran out of rounds before he dropped one right on top of my ACH. After about 10 rounds dropped, two Apaches came screaming over my head, launching rockets and hammering the **** out of haji with the chain gun. It was about the most glorious thing I had seen up to that point in my life, and we were extremely grateful those pilots showed up when they did. Turned those ****ers into red smears on the ground, and we didn’t have to worry about dying that day. I will always and forever be grateful for the AH-64 Apache gunship.
Yes on the first two, BUT Negative on the design year number.It was not “developed after” Nam - in fact, the ‘64’ in its designator stands for the design year. It is officially the AH-64: the ‘A’ is for Attack, the ‘H’ is for Helicopter, and ‘64’ was the design year.