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Lockheed AH-56 Cheyenne

Lockheed AH-56 Cheyenne

The Lockheed AH-56 Cheyenne was developed for the US Army to fulfill their contract for the AAFSS (Advanced Ariel Fire Support System).

The first flight of the Lockheed AH-56 Cheyenne was on September 21st 1967. The unusual design of the aircraft meant that it was capable of reaching over 250 mph, while still performing like a conventional helicopter with reverse flight and hover capabilities.

The key to the Lockheed AH-56 Cheyenne lay at the rear of the aircraft. Instead of a single tailrotor, the Lockheed AH-56 Cheyenne had two. One to counteract the torque of the main blades, and one to provide thrust. The main rotor itself was of fixed pitch meaning that it provided only lift.

Unfortunately the project was canceled in 1972 and the US Army instead chose the AH-64 Apache to fulfill their contract.

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