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Apache helicopters roar ahead

For Mark Metzger, his career as an Army pilot and then Boeing test pilot, provided a front row view to the establishment of the AH-6H as the dominant attack helicopter. In this video interview, Metzger discusses what it is like to be in the cockpit of the Apache.

Numbers can tell a compelling story, but not the whole story.

The 2000th Apache attack helicopter to come off the production line in Mesa, Ariz., strongly supports the enduring value of the helicopter to the customer. Talking with teammates engaged in producing the helicopter offers a bit of insight into what the Apache means to those who build it and to the warfighters whose lives depend on it.

Working to assemble connector in the crew stations of the new AH-64Es, the 2000th Apache serves as validation for Boeing employees in Mesa like Jessica Ferguson.

“That’s a lot of aircraft, we must be doing something right,” the Apache Manufacturing Technician said, smiling broadly as she gave thought to 2,000 helicopters making their way through production and on to deliver to allied defense forces around the world.

Check out the video to see Ferguson at work and the Apache in action.

Don Hunter, Boeing Apache Production Test Pilot, gives thumbs up to the 2000th Apache attack helicopter

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Don Hunter, Boeing Apache Production Test Pilot, gives thumbs up to the 2000th Apache attack helicopter as he prepares to take it airborne for its first flight.

The second video is what it’s like to fly the Apache from the perspective of Boeing’s recently retired chief test pilot for Vertical Lift aircraft.