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Boeing-Sikorsky YRAH-66 Comanche '94-0327'

The RAH-66 originated from the 1982 'LHX' program to replace the UH-1, AH-1, OH-6 and OH-58, although the actual contract wasn't issued until April 1991.

It was intended that it would undertake a reconnaissance role and designate targets for the AH-64 Apache fleet, although it would also have an attack capability of it's own.

The twin-engined aircraft was designed using stealth technology and had a low radar signature as well as being very quiet. Two prototypes were built and undertook considerable testing.

The project was cancelled in 2004, ultimately for budget reasons, although it had also become apparent that the type was unsuitable for combat in it's current form and also that it's role requirement would be reduced by the proposed introduction of UAV aircraft, particularly for reconnaissance missions.

This is the first prototype aircraft which completed 318 flights between it's first flight in January 1996 and January 2002 when the aircraft was grounded.

c/n 66001.

Stored in Building 6008.

U.S. Army Aviation Museum.

Fort Rucker.

Alabama, USA.


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Taken on April 17, 2013