Showboating Is Bad For You
AH-64D Apache Longbows appear in both Left With The Dead and The Rising Horde, and they do what they’re supposed to do because they’re piloted by disciplined aircrews who understand that in order for everyone to go home at night, they can’t screw around.
Alas, in real life, some guys forget that high speed approaches at high altitude that end with power bleedoff can result in settling with power, and at 60+ knots, contact with terra firma can culminate in tail rotor separation…which in turn results in a total departure from controlled flight.
Check out the video here.
At least this one didn’t have the Longbow millimeter wave fire control radar installed. I wonder if the Army’s Safety Center will award the pilot and his CPG with the Broken Wing Award before they prosecute them?
Gee, I’ve got the collective pulled up into my armpit and the power control levers full forward…why do I still have that sinking feeling?
Skids are for kids–woo-hoo!
Are we flyin’ or drivin’?
Pop goes the weasel!
Look at all the troops standing near the initial impact point. Those guys could’ve been killed.