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FOURTH LONGBOW APACHE HELICOPTER ENTERS TEST PROGRAM

 MESA, Ariz., Oct. 4 /PRNewswire/ -- The fourth of four AH-64D Longbow Apache helicopters made its first flight today at McDonnell Douglas facilities here.
 Like its three sister aircraft, the fourth Longbow Apache prototype made its first flight ahead of schedule.
 The advanced attack helicopter flew 45 minutes on its maiden flight. It joins the AH-64D prototype fleet in a 33-month flight test program to verify the helicopter and its state of the art systems. Collectively, the four AH-64Ds have flown nearly 500 hours.
 Two additional prototype helicopters, designated AH-64Cs, will join the fleet in 1994.
 McDonnell Douglas is under a 70-month contract to design and produce six prototype AH-64 C & D. The U.S. Army plans to begin upgrading its entire fleet of AH-64A Apaches to the C/D configuration beginning in 1995.
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 /CONTACT: Ken Jensen, McDonnell Douglas Helicopter Systems, 602-891-2119/


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