Revell 1/48 AH-64D Apache "100 Years of Military Aviation" Plastic Model Kit
Following a 1972 U.S. Army requirement for a new Advanced Attack Helicopter to replace the Bell AH-1 Huey Cobra, five manufacturers submitted proposals. Of these, two were chosen for competition prototypes, the Bell YAH-63 and the Hughes YAH-64, the latter winning the competition and making its first flight on 30 September 1975. After protracted development with several machines, in 1980 the Martin-Marietta TADS/PNVS (Target Acquisition and Designation Sight/Pilot™s Night Vision Sensor) was adopted for the night attack role. The name Apache was adopted in 1981 and production of the AH-64A began in 1982. Operation Desert Storm in 1991 saw the first major conflict for the U.S. Army Apaches, where they devastated Iraqi armour. The hard-hitting armaments include up to 16 Rockwell AGM114 Hellfire laser-guided anti-tank missiles, podded 70mm Hydra rockets and the 30mm M230 Chain Gun under the nose. The front cockpit houses the co-pilot/gunner and the pilot occupies the raised rear cockpit. Experiences in the 1991 Gulf War rapidly led to the development of the AH-64D Longbow version, with its very powerful and sophisticated long range radar mounted above the rotor head. The Hellfire ATM requires a direct line of sight with the target, and together with completely new advanced avionics systems, much of it housed in the enlarged box fairings each side of the fuselage, the Apache could now detect and attack targets while remaining virtually hidden from the enemy. Another advantage of the radar is that it can simultaneously survey, scan and track over 1,000 targets at long ranges even in the worst visibility conditions. But not all U.S. Army AH-64Ds carry the Longbow radar.
The Royal Netherlands Airforce (Koninklijke Luchtmacht /KLU) also flys the AH-64D Apaches without the Longbow radar. They use the registration numbers Q-01 to Q-30 which they received at the start of 2000 from the retired AH-64A's. Over the years, the KLU was often present at many air-shows throughout Europe with a variety aircraft from various squadrons, both static and flying. Amongst the best known of these are the F-16AM and the AH-64D of the Solo Display Team. Fighter aircraft and helicopter begin their display together and are equally well known for their colourful paint schemes.
The 301st Squadron stationed in Gilze Rijen was bestowed with the honour of representing the KLU during its Centenary Year and the 2013 display season with an Apache Solo Display Team. The paint scheme on Apache Q-17, which had already been given a special livery in 2011, was completely redesigned for this unique event. During the air show the Apache pilot performs loops, rolls and spins with his helicopter... manoeuvres that are not normally performed by helicopters and at the end of his aerobatic display fi res the Apaches decoy fl ares. The livery is a tribute to 100 years of Dutch Military Aviation and from the side can be seen to represent the Centaurs arrow (the Centaur is the emblem of 301st Squadron Redskins) being fired from his taught Longbow(the AH-64D) depicted in colourful shades of orange, grey and black. The AH-64D is powered by two 1,723 shp General Electric GE-T700-GE-701C turboshaft engines, giving a maximum speed of 261km/h (162mph). Main rotor diameter: 14.63m (48ft.) Length (rotors turning): 17.76m (58ft 3in.) Height: 4.95m (16ft 3in.)