How Our Story Began
In 2013, United States Army AH-64 pilot Lieutenant Colonel Allen Hahn set out to establish an organization that would remember and honor our fallen pilots while also striving to support the soldiers and families who make this community so great.
One of our first projects was to restore a 1985 Custom Deluxe Chevy long-bed pickup aka “The Salt Wagon, which belong to CW4 Richard “Matt” Salter (KIA: 26 DEC 2005), a close friend of LTC Hahn. The truck will be built in the likeness of an Apache helicopter, and it will feature the names of every fallen Apache pilot, however we have other projects that are taking precedence.
The Apache Warrior Foundation primary mission has turned to reconnecting the Apache community with not only each other but to reconnect them to their families. The AWF hosts several events called “Attack Adventures” each year to benefit soldiers and their families. These once in a lifetime events serve to assist in the transition from military life and civilian life.
The AWF works to bring relief to those war fighters who continue the battle at home with the war of Post Traumatic Stress Disorder. Our partnership with UTA Health works to end the symptoms suffered by warriors across all branches of the militiary.
About the Apache
The AH-64 is currently employed by over a dozen countries and its the world’s premiere attack helicopter. The Apache is armed with cutting edge technologies that include advanced targeting systems, avionics, and three main weapons systems: the M230 30mm cannon, Hellfire missiles, and 70mm Hydra family rockets. Quite simply, the mission of the Apache helicopter is to hung the enemy and keep our brothers and sisters on the ground safe from harm…it is very successful at this mission.
Weapon loadout of the AH-64 Apache
Data from Jane’s Information Group, Bishop
- Crew: 2 (pilot, and co-pilot/gunner)
- Length: 58.17 ft (17.73 m) (with both rotors turning)
- Rotor diameter: 48 ft 0 in (14.63 m)
- Height: 12.7 ft (3.87 m)
- Disc area: 1,809.5 ft² (168.11 m²)
- Empty weight: 11,387 lb (5,165 kg)
- Loaded weight: 17,650 lb (8,000 kg)
- Max. takeoff weight: 23,000 lb (10,433 kg)
- Fuselage length: 49 ft 5 in (15.06 m)
- Rotor systems: 4 blade main rotor, 4 blade tail rotor in non-orthogonal alignment
- Powerplant: 2 × General Electric T700-GE-701 turboshafts, 1,690 shp (1,260 kW) [upgraded to T700-GE-701C (for AH-64A/D from 1990), 1,890 shp (1,409 kW)] each
- Never exceed speed: 197 knots (227 mph, 365 km/h)
- Maximum speed: 158 knots (182 mph, 293 km/h)
- Cruise speed: 143 knots (165 mph, 265 km/h)
- Range: 257 nmi (295 mi, 476 km) with Longbow radar mast
- Combat radius: 260 nmi (300 mi, 480 km)
- Ferry range: 1,024 nmi (1,180 mi, 1,900 km)
- Service ceiling: 21,000 ft (6,400 m) minimum loaded
- Rate of climb: 2,500 ft/min (12.7 m/s)
- Disc loading: 9.80 lb/ft² (47.9 kg/m²)
- Power/mass: 0.18 hp/lb (0.31 kW/kg)
- Guns: 1× 30 mm (1.18 in) M230 Chain Gun with 1,200 rounds as part of the Area Weapon Subsystem
- Hardpoints: Four pylon stations on the stub wings. Longbows also have a station on each wingtip for an AIM-92 Stinger twin missile pack.
- Rockets: Hydra 70 70 mm, CRV7 70 mm, and APKWS 70 mm air-to-ground rockets
- Missiles: Typically AGM-114 Hellfire variants; AIM-92 Stinger may also be carried.
The essence of our calling is summed up in a single
WE NURTURE EACH OTHER THROUGH OUR COMMMUNITY
We nurture each other by bringing our community of Veterans together. We give each
other purpose when we support the families of our fallen and as we support those
veterans needing friendship and a sense of community.
WE PURSUE FELLOWSHIP AND CAMARADERIE
We strive to provide a sense of community with our active duty as well as our Veteran community by bringing both together in one forum thru FACEBOOK and instagram. We promote alternative ways to heal the mind, soul, and body by providing resources for those needing mental health support and also by providing a forum for families to come together and bond.
We love our community for they have sacrificed much. It is only right for us to be there for them when they need us the most.
“The bravest thing I ever did was continuing my life when I wanted to die.”
― Juliette Lewis
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