ABOVE: The King visited Middle Wallop’s Army Flying Museum to unveil its latest exhibit

His Majesty King Charles III has unveiled a plaque collaborating the new Apache AH Mk.1 exhibit at Hampshire’s Army Flying Museum, the only location in Europe the public can see the recently-retired aircraft.

‘Apache AH Mk.1s were a familiar sight over the nearby airfield until their retirement in March, after two decades of service,’ explains the museum team; emphasising the significance of ensuring its legacy is not forgotten. With 67 ordered for the British Army, the type came into service with the Army Air Corps in 2001 and was the first purpose-built attack helicopter to be adopted by the British Army; subsequently serving in Afghanistan and Libya.

“His Majesty was delighted to return to the museum and was interested to learn about the work of the museum in preserving British Army aviation and telling the story of the past 150 years,” highlighted Lucy Johnson, chief executive of the Army Flying Museum. “He very much enjoyed meeting members of the museum team who were instrumental in the Apache project and we are delighted that his final duty as Colonel-in-Chief was to unveil a plaque to commemorate this important aircraft”.

Following his visit to the museum, the King officially handed over his role as Colonel-in-Chief of  the Army Air Corps (a post he has held for 32 years) to HRH The Prince of Wales in a ceremony at the Army Aviation Centre.

Visitors to the museum can now see the Apache AH Mk.1 on display, with its replacement in service – the Apache AH-64E model – a frequent sight at the adjacent airfield, where it is regularly flown by the Army Air Corps. Advance booking is recommended. 

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