#1268 AH-64D Apache Longbow
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Squadron Prints Lithograph No. 1268 - AH-64D Apache Longbow, 03-05402, 1-1 Attack Reconnaissance Battalion, 1st Combat Aviation Brigade, 1st Infantry Division, Fort Riley, Kansas. The Apache is a dual engine, four bladed, multi-mission attack helicopter designed as a highly stable aerial weapons delivery platform. It is designed to fight and survive during the day and night in various terrain and environments. It has proven an invaluable offensive or defensive asset for ground commanders to engage the enemy and provide situational awareness on the battlefield. The aircraft employs multiple weapon systems that include the radar or laser designated Hellfire air to surface missile, the M230 30mm chain gun and various types of the Hydra 70 (2.75 inch) folding fin aerial rocket that are lethal against a wide variety of targets. It has conducted combat operations with the U.S. Army during Operation Just Cause, Desert Shield/Desert Storm, conflicts in Bosnia and Kosovo, Operation Iraqi Freedom, Operation New Dawn, and Operation Enduring Freedom. This airframe was first manufactured as AH-64A tail number 84-24211 in 1984 and was subsequently remanufactured in 2004 as AH-64D tail number 03-05402. Assigned to 4-227 Attack Reconnaissance Battalion, it flew 1007 combat hours in Iraq in 2006-2007 and 533 combat hours in 2009-2010. Reassigned to 1-1 Attack Reconnaissance Battalion, it flew 808 combat hours in Iraq in 2010-2011 and deployed to Afghanistan in 2013-2014, flying an additional 460 combat hours to equal nearly 10,000 flight hours in its storied history. 1-1 Attack Reconnaissance Battalion traces its roots to the formation of the 1st Aviation Company, 1st Infantry Division, constituted on 15 February 1957 at Fort Riley, Kansas. Later re-designated as 1st Aviation Battalion, it was one of the first aviation units to employ helicopter gunships and reconnaissance helicopters in unison as search and destroy teams, commonly referred to as “hunter/killer” teams. These and other untold operations typified the battalion’s gallantry, diligence and courage during the Vietnam conflict. On 16 November 1987, the unit was re-designated as 1st Battalion, 1st Aviation Regiment (1-1 AVN), an AH-64A Apache Attack Helicopter Battalion. On 24 February 1991, the 1st Battalion, 1st Aviation Regiment was part of the 1st Infantry Division’s spearhead of the VII Corps attack into Iraq during Operation Desert Storm. On 16 February 1996, the unit was forward deployed to Katterbach, Germany, serving under the 4th Brigade of the 1st Infantry Division and conducted three deployments to the former Republic of Yugoslavia. On 1 August 2006, 1-1 AVN returned to Fort Riley, Kansas, where it was designated the 1-1 Attack Reconnaissance Battalion (1-1 ARB). The most recent deployments of the unit include multiple combat tours in support of U.S. and coalition combat elements in Operation Iraqi Freedom, Operation New Dawn, and Operation Enduring Freedom. 1-1 ARB provides invaluable reconnaissance and close combat attack helicopter fires for the Soldiers of the Big Red One.