The Birthing of the AH-64A by BRIG. GEN. GRAIL L. BROOKSHIRE Army Magazine, May 1992 - Criticism concentrated on the reliability, availability and maintainability of the system. McDonnell Douglas continued to make improvements from the time the Apache was placed into production until its operational employment in Desert Storm. The Army's and contractor's claims of improvement are born out by the steadily increasing availability rates, mission reliability rates, and hours between replacement of critical components for the Apache.
Apache Pilots Take High Ground European Stars and Stripes November 3, 1999 -- The military learned in Albania that the mountainous Balkan terrain is far more dangerous for Apache pilots than the deserts of Iraq.
Deployed Apaches Army's Top Repair Priority
By Linda D. Kozaryn American Forces Press Service 04 November 1999 -- Apache helicopters deployed in Kosovo, Bosnia, Southwest Asia and Korea will receive top priority repairs as the Army moves to replace parts implicated in a crash in January.
ARMY TO INSPECT APACHE FLEET Release #99-104, November 5, 1999 -- The Army announced today that its Apache helicopter fleet (AH 64 A & D) will undergo a one time inspection and possible replacement of a specific series (basic configuration) hanger bearing assembly. The assembly is part of the tail rotor system.
Army to inspect its Apache helicopters (Army News Service, Nov. 8, 1999) -- The Army announced Nov. 5 that its Apache helicopters must undergo a one-time inspection before the aircraft can fly, due to possible problems with a hanger bearing assembly.
ARMY TO INSPECT APACHE TRANSMISSIONS Release #99-112, November 12, 1999 -- The Army announced today that its Apache helicopter fleet (AH 64 A & D) will undergo a one time inspection of accessory gearboxes. The accessory gearbox is a component of the transmission.