King Charles visits new Apache AH Mk.1 exhibit at Army Flying Museum

Army Flying Museum

His Majesty King Charles III visited the Army Flying Museum to unveil a plaque to commemorate the new Apache AH Mk.1 exhibit. He spent time meeting serving members of the Army Air Corps, their families, and veterans, along with members of the Museum team.

The helicopter is now on permanent display at the Museum in Middle Wallop. Apache AH Mk.1’s were a familiar sight over the nearby airfield until their retirement in March, after two decades of service. This marked the end of an era for the British Army so the Museum’s new exhibit will ensure its contribution is not forgotten and brings the history of Army aviation up to date.

Lucy Johnson, chief executive of the Army Flying Museum who welcomed HM The King said; “His Majesty was delighted to return to the Museum and was interested to learn about the work of the Museum in preserving British Army aviation and telling the story of the past 150 years. He very much enjoyed meeting members of the Museum team who were instrumental in the Apache project and we are delighted that his final duty as Colonel-in-Chief was to unveil a plaque to commemorate this important aircraft.”

After his visit to the Museum HM The King then officially handed over the role of Colonel-in-Chief of the Army Air Corps, a role he has held for 32 years, to His Royal Highness The Prince of Wales in a ceremony at the Army Aviation Centre.

The Apache AH Mk.1

The Apache AH-64E model which replaced the Mk.1 is still flown by the Army Air Corps with visitors to the Museum able to see the new model regularly flying to and from the adjacent airfield.

About Apache AH Mk.1

  • The Apache AH Mk.1 was built under licence by Westland Helicopters (later AgustaWestland).
  • It is derived from the Boeing AH-64D Apache. 67 Apache AH Mk.1s were ordered for the British Army; the first eight of these were made by Boeing.
  • It came into service with the Army Air Corps in 2001 and was the first purpose-built attack helicopter to be adopted by the British Army.
  • Unlike the AH-64D, the Apache AH Mk.1 was powered by two Rolls-Royce Turbomeca RTM 322 engines. Each engine is capable of delivering a maximum 2,300 shaft horsepower, giving the aircraft a cruising speed of around 260 kilometres per hour.
  • It was also equipped with folding blades, allowing the British version of the aircraft to operate from ships.
  • The Army Air Corps deployed Apache AH Mk.1s in Afghanistan and during the NATO military intervention in Libya in 2011.

Tickets to view the Apache AH Mk.1 from the 15 May, can be purchased here:

A video of King Charles III’s visit is available here:

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