Listen now (38 mins) | In my second podcast episode, I have a drink with Britain's finest helicopter test pilot about his experiences over two decades of flying that legendary aircraft – the Apache.
I never got beyond PPLH so found it very interesting and enlightening.
I really enjoyed that. Very informative and entertaining. Looking forward to the next one.👌
Musing on the podcast. I think you’re right about Concorde. Economics and environmental concerns would have seen it off the plot, Gonesse and 9/11 just hastened it’s demise. At the time Air France were struggling to do non-stop to the US from Paris because of fuel consumption. And I agree with you on UAV/RPVs. The current astonishing success of Ukrainian Bayraktar RPVs points to the future battlefield. Mind that might say more about a permissive airspace. We part ways on the iconography of the Spitfire and Hurricane, those two are on their own plain.
Many years BBC Radio 4 did a six part documentary on Gulf War One, the liberation of Kuwait. It was called The Desert War and I think it was fronted by Mark Laity. It featured US Army (USA) Apache crewmen recounting the effectiveness of the aircraft. It seems the Iraqis were absolutely clueless about how to tackle the helicopter. I also heard another commentator suggest British Army Apaches had a superior powerplant and better weapons electronics fit that USA Apaches.
Myyyyyy God. I’m still trying to get my head round the lizard type eyes- that’s the picture I had. Mind boggling as well as eye boggling. As an engineer, I love all that shizzle. Cheers fellas. Another goodun Guy and thanks Nick. 👍🏽
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