Tactical Aviation

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 mortar…
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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.

apache helicopter photos in action
Photo: US Army Chief Warrant Officer 4 Daniel McClinton

2. Troops preparing for deployment conduct an exercise with the helicopter at Grafenwoehr Training Area, Germany.

training in germany
Photo: US Army Spc. Glenn M. Anderson

3. A U.S. Army Apache flies over the desert near Mosul, Iraq.

apache helicopter photos near mosul
Photo: US Army Staff Sgt. Ryan Matson

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.)

ah-64 during exercise
Photo: US Army Sgt. Stephen Proctor

5. The first AH-64E deployed to Hawaii is given a traditional Hawaiian blessing before the Rim of the Pacific exercise in 2014.

ah-64e in hawaii
Photo: US Army Sgt. 1st Class Crista Mary Mack

6. An Apache flies from the HMS Ocean, an amphibious assault ship of the British Navy.

helicopters on ship
Photo: Crown Copyright/Guy Pool

7. A British Army Air Corps AH-64D helicopter fires on insurgents in Afghanistan in 2007.

british apache helicopter photos
Photo: Crown Copyright/Staff Sgt. Mike Harvey

8. An Apache attack helicopter takes off from Balad Air Base, Iraq for a mission.

balad air base take off
Photo: US Air Force Master Sgt. John Nimmo, Sr.

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9. An Apache flies escort as soldiers move on Fallujah, Iraq.

helicopter escort in fallujah
Photo: US Army 1st Lt. Kimberly Snow

10. A helicopter undergoes maintenance on Kandahar Airfield, Afghanistan as the sun sets.

kandahar airfield
Photo: US Army Spc. Edward A. Garibay

11. An Apache fires during an exercise with a Georgia National Guard infantry brigade.

apache helicopter photos of firing missiles
Photo: US National Guard Capt. Michael Thompson

12. At the National Training Center at Fort Irwin, California, an AH-64D hovers over friendly troops.

apache helicopter photos at fort irwin
Photo: US Army Spc. Randis Monroe

13. One of the attack helicopters prepares to depart a base in Afghanistan for a security and reconnaissance mission.

apache helicopter photos of recon mission
Photo: US Army Capt. Peter Smedberg

14. An aircrew engages targets during an exercise at Fort Irwin, California’s National Training Center.

apache helicopter photos of target engagement
Photo: US Army Spc. Randis Monroe

15. An AH-64D flies in front of the sun at Grafenwoehr Training Area, Germany.

ah-64d apache helicopter photos
Photo: US Army Markus Rauchenberger

16. An Apache at rest will remain at rest until it’s time to kill something.

resting apache helicopter photos
Photo: US Army Sgt. Jose D. Ramirez