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Experience the Apache AH Mk.1: The UK’s Only Exhibit at the Army Flying Museum

Glenn Stanley at My Digital Memories

Starting May 15th, the Army Flying Museum in Middle Wallop will be the only location in the United Kingdom where visitors can see an Apache AH Mk.1 attack helicopter on permanent display.

This iconic aircraft, renowned for its versatility and firepower, is set to become a centrepiece of the museum’s collection, offering guests a rare opportunity to witness the machine that has been crucial to British Army operations.

The Apache AH Mk.1 is a British version of the AH-64 Apache, a staple of modern military aviation. Over the past two decades, it has played a pivotal role in numerous combat missions, demonstrating its advanced technology and precision. By featuring this aircraft in a permanent exhibit, the Army Flying Museum seeks to highlight the Apache’s contributions to modern warfare and honour those who have served alongside it.

CREDIT: Plane Richie

Visitors to the museum can expect a striking display of the helicopter, surrounded by other historical and contemporary aircraft. The exhibit will delve into the Apache’s design, development, and operational history, providing a comprehensive look at this formidable attack helicopter. Due to the expected high demand, the museum recommends booking in advance to secure tickets.

The Army Flying Museum encourages visitors to bring their cameras, as the exhibit offers fantastic photo opportunities. The museum’s interactive exhibits and knowledgeable guides are designed to make the visit enjoyable and educational for everyone.

To ensure a smooth visit, the museum advises guests to book tickets in advance through its website HERE. Don’t miss this unique opportunity to see the Apache AH Mk.1 attack helicopter in person and learn about its storied history in the British Army.

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The Apache AH Mk.1 is the British variant of the AH-64 Apache, an advanced attack helicopter designed for a wide range of combat operations. Here’s an overview of its key specifications:

  • Manufacturer: Boeing (originally by McDonnell Douglas)
  • Rotor System: Main rotor with four blades; tail rotor with four blades
  • Engine: Two Rolls-Royce RTM322 turboshaft engines, each providing approximately 2,100 shaft horsepower
  • Length: Approximately 17.73 meters (58.15 feet) with rotor turning
  • Rotor Diameter: Approximately 14.63 meters (48 feet)
  • Height: Approximately 3.87 meters (12.70 feet)
  • Maximum Takeoff Weight: Around 10,500 kg (23,150 pounds)
  • Cruise Speed: Approximately 265 km/h (165 mph)
  • Maximum Speed: Approximately 293 km/h (182 mph)
  • Range: Approximately 476 km (296 miles), with the option to increase with additional fuel tanks
  • Service Ceiling: About 6,400 meters (21,000 feet)
  • Armament:
    • M230 30mm Chain Gun, mounted under the fuselage
    • Hardpoints for a combination of Hydra 70 2.75-inch rockets or 70mm CRV7 rockets
    • Ability to carry AGM-114 Hellfire anti-tank missiles
  • Avionics:
    • AN/APG-78 Longbow Fire Control Radar (on specific models)
    • Advanced avionics and targeting systems
    • FLIR (Forward-Looking Infrared) for night and low-visibility operations
    • Helmet-mounted sight and display system
  • Crew: Two (pilot and co-pilot/gunner)
  • Defensive Systems:
    • Advanced electronic countermeasures
    • Chaff and flare dispensers for anti-missile defence
    • Radar warning systems

The Apache AH Mk.1 is designed for survivability and mission versatility, allowing it to perform a range of roles, from anti-armour missions to close air support and reconnaissance. Its advanced sensor systems and weaponry make it a key asset in modern military operations.