AH-64D Apache Longbow – ZJ171, 662 Sqn Army Air Corps, Wattisham 2013
5 in stock
5 in stock
Hobby Master 1/72 scale HH1203: AH-64D Longbow ZJ171, British Army Air Corps, Wattisham, as displayed at Cosford Airshow in 2013. Crewed by Staff Sergeant Boakes (Pilot) And Captain Wales (Prince Harry as Co Pilot/Weapons Operator). Production run of 800 models.
Length 8.75 inches Rotorspan 7.25 inches
In 2013 an airshow was held in Cosford, England where along with numerous aircraft, a static and aerial display of the AH1 Apache was carried out by ZJ171 of 662 Squadron Army Air Corps. The crew of ZJ171 was Staff Sergeant Jamie Boakes and Captain Harry Wales (Prince Harry) as he is affectionately referred to. ZJ171 is WAH #6, the first WAH-64 Apache delivered to British Army at GKN Westland Helicopters at its Yeovil facility. In 2007/2008 Captain Wales spent 10 months on the front lines in Afghanistan.
In the early 1970s 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.