The AH-64 Apache helicopter is among the aircraft that resulted from Hughes Helicopters’ Model 77 design. The company introduced the design as an entry to the US Army’s Attack Helicopter program in which it won the contract. Development of the AH-64 was started by Hughes but was continued by McDonnell Douglas after it bought the former company. The aircraft was first flown in September 1975 but the AH-64D Apache, in particular, was first flown in April 1992. This variant received approval in August 1990 and underwent stages of testing until 1995. During this time, the D-model Apache already showed great results. When it was put against a group of AH-64A (which already has good specs), the AH-64D emerged to have a seven-fold increase in survivability rate and a four-fold increase in lethality. With such records, the helicopter was proudly rolled out of the factories by 1997.
The specs also led it to be widely employed worldwide. It was ordered by the Royal Saudi Air Force, the Royal Netherlands Air Force, and the Israeli Air Force, among others, while Egypt, UAE, Greece, and Japan are also eyeing for this upgraded aircraft. The last quoted price for the Longbow Apache is around a whopping $11 billion. New toys are meant to be better than the old ones. As such, you can expect this new model display of the AH-64D Longbow Apache to be on a level higher than the other replicas you already saw. Here are a few words to convince you: design based on the actual blueprints, accurate markings and color scheme, strict quality control, and the use of high-precision instruments. Grab this wooden helicopter model today!