by Richard Sheffield
The first true attack helicopter.
angle of attack
The angle at which a wing or rotor blade comes into contact with the air.
The act of using the forward motion of the helicopter through the air to keep the rotor blades spinning when engine power is lost.
Millions of small strips and slivers of foil and metal-coated plastic which are dispersed into the air to confuse radar tracking.
The bottom area on the front of a helicopter.
The helicopter control which changes the pitch of the blades at the same time in order to lift the aircraft.
Cathode ray tube, video screen.
The helicopter control which changes rotor blade pitch in only half of its revolution to control direction of flight.
Folded Fin Aerial Rockets.
Forward Looking Infrared sensor; used to see objects at night or in smoke or fog.
Head Down Display.
Head Up Display.
Instrument flight rule.
Integrated helmet and display sighting system.
Term used to mean millimeter.
Millimeter; used to measure the size of various weapon projectiles.
Nap of the earth; refers to flying at the lowest possible safe altitude to use terrain features and manmade objects to hide the aircraft.
The angle of the rotor blade.
Pilot Night Vision Sensor.
An imaginary disc created by the rapidly spinning rotor blades.
Target Acquisition Designation Sight.
The force that causes rotation.
Letting the aircraft come into view of the enemy. Unmasking is generally necessary to fire upon the enemy.
Visual flight rules.
A missile guidance system in which the fired missile trails a set of very thin wires which are connected to a control panel. The operator uses these wires to "fly" the missile to the target.