APPENDIX A. ARMY AIRCRAFT
Approximately 97% of the total Army aviation inventory is rotary wing
aircraft, with the remainder being C-12 and C-21 fixed-wing aircraft. The
number of aircraft in Force Mod fleets and the number of hours flown from 1
January 1996 through 31 March 2002 are given in Table A1. The following
statements are taken from or based on the aircraft section of the 20002001
Status Report on Army Weapons and Equipment (AUSA 2000).
Table A1. Army rotary wing aircraft and hours flown, 1 Jan 199631 May
2002 (courtesy PEO Aviation).
Rotary wing aircraft
AH-1S Cobra attack helicopter
The Cobra is in reserve component attack aviation units of Army inventories.
All AH-1 aircraft have been retired from Army inventory as of December 2001.
AH-6/MH-6 Little Bird (Cayuse) helicopter
The Cayuse is in service with the 160th Special Aviation Regiment (Air-
borne). Following service in Viet Nam, the Army's fleet of OH-6 light observa-
tion and command helicopters was reassigned to Army National Guard units.
With their excellent roll-on/roll-off mobility and extremely high power-to-weight
ratios, however, the aircraft subsequently were tapped for special operations ap-
plications in 1980.
AH-64A Apache helicopter
The Apache is the Army's primary attack helicopter, providing day, night,
and adverse-weather attack helicopter capability. It is a quick-reacting, airborne