Kit #AA2063. 1/72 scale. Highly-detailed resin kit with decals. In 1972, the U.S. Army requested proposals for a new Advanced Attack Helicopter (AAH) intended for the all-weather anti-armor role. Preliminary designs were submitted by Boeing, Bell, Hughes, Lockheed and Sikorsky. In 1973 both Bell and Hughes were awarded contacts for two prototypes. Bell's Model 409 was designated YAH-63, and Hughes' Model 77 became the YAH-64. The YAH-63 was based largely on the earlier King Cobra. In accordance with the Army's specifications, the YAH-63 was powered by the same engines and carried the same armaments as those used in the competing Hughes YAH-64. The first prototype made its first flight in 1975, but crashed during tests the following year. The aircraft was repaired and along with the second prototype, entered the fly-off against the YAH-64. Because the Army did not want to divert Bell AH-1 production, the YAH-64 was selected as the winning AAH design. In 1976, both the YAH-63 prototypes were returned to Bell. Limited quantities available from remaining Anigrand stock! ORDER NOW before it TAKES OFF into the wild blue yonder!