Articles Jan. 05, 2016 12:14PM EST
16 awesome photos of the Apache helicopter
Apache attack helicopters are like flying dinosaurs. They're ugly, misshapen, and deadly as hell. Here are 16 photos of this awesome airframe in action:
1. Armed Apaches conduct a reconnaissance flight to look for RPGs and mortars in Baghdad, Iraq, in 2007.
2. Troops preparing for deployment conduct an exercise with the helicopter at Grafenwoehr Training Area, Germany.
3. A U.S. Army Apache flies over the desert near Mosul, Iraq.
4. A U.S. Army captain rides on the outside of an AH-64 during an extraction exercise. (This method is used to rescue downed aircrews.)
5. The first AH-64E deployed to Hawaii is given a traditional Hawaiian blessing before the Rim of the Pacific exercise in 2014.
6. An Apache flies from the HMS Ocean, an amphibious assault ship of the British Navy.
7. A British Army Air Corps AH-64D helicopter fires on insurgents in Afghanistan in 2007.
8. An Apache attack helicopter takes off from Balad Air Base, Iraq for a mission.
9. British Royal Marines ride out of an insurgent-held compound on the helicopter after rescuing a wounded marine trapped there.
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10. An Apache flies escort as soldiers move on Fallujah, Iraq.
10. A helicopter undergoes maintenance on Kandahar Airfield, Afghanistan as the sun sets.
11. An Apache fires during an exercise with a Georgia National Guard infantry brigade.
12. At the National Training Center at Fort Irwin, California, an AH-64D hovers over friendly troops.
13. One of the attack helicopters prepares to depart a base in Afghanistan for a security and reconnaissance mission.
14. An aircrew engages targets during an exercise at Fort Irwin, California's National Training Center.
15. An AH-64D flies in front of the sun at Grafenwoehr Training Area, Germany.
16. An Apache at rest will remain at rest until it's time to kill something.