Why World's Possibly Best Helicopter Never Made It to the Battlefield
The Lockheed AH-56 Cheyenne could have revolutionized warfare, but it never made it out of the prototype stage.
There some scrapped designs that make you say "Well, what were they thinking in the first place anyway?" and there are some that just baffle everyone over how bizarre it is that they were got rid of.
Lockheed AH-56 Cheyenne fits the latter. It was probably the best attack helicopter ever made and its roots go back to the 1950s. It was thought that it would revolutionize aerial warfare, and it's experiments were apparently so successful that the U.S. Army had commissioned a project to look at its potential uses, leading to the AH-5 in the end.
It would have been the world's most sophisticated military attack helicopter indeed if it wasn't scrapped at the prototype stage of course.
In this video, YouTube channel Curious Droid takes an intensive look at this helicopter that was titled the "best attack helicopter of the 20th century" and sets out to answer the belated question: "Why did it never make it to the battlefield?"
Tune in to learn more about this beautiful aircraft that was canceled at the prototype stage.
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