The AugustaWestland Apache AH Mk 1 is a licence built version of the Boeing AH-64D Longbow Apache for the British Army Air Corps. Of the 67 aircraft ordered the first 9 were built by Boeing, the remainder being manufactured at Yeovil by Westland Helicopters, using Boeing supplied kits.
The Army Air Corps aircraft differed in that they had Rolls Royce Turbomeca engines, a new electronic defensive suite and folding rotor blades, allowing them to be operated from ships.
The Apache replaced the Lynx AH7 as its primary attack helicopter in Army Air Corps Service and has seen service in Afghanistan and Libya.
Location: Royal International Air Tattoo, RAF Fairford, Gloucestershire
Photographer: Colin Shepherd