"The tiltrotor technology that makes it possible, combing the vertical liftoff, landing and hover capability of a helicopter with an airplane's speed and long range, first appeared more than a half-century ago. But it took decades, billions of dollars in research and testing, and the lives of more than two dozen killed in early crashes to iron out the considerable kinks in the unique aircraft. "
Mil Mi-24D "HIND" Originally delivered in May 1981, Bord 118 has served in different helicopter regiments in the Bulgaria Air Force. First housed with the 44th VAP (Vertoleten AvioPolk) or Helicopter Air Regiment at Plovdiv airport. In the fall of 1982, Bord 118 took part in the first major Warsaw Pact joint exercise in Bulgaria named “Shield 82” among 60,000 allied troops which included units from the northern-tier Warsaw Pact countries.
AH-1Z_HMLAT-303 MARINE LIGHT ATTACK HELICOPTER TRAINING SQUADRON 303 (HMLA/T-303) "ATLAS" MARINE CORPS AIR STATION CAMP PENDLETON Activated on 30 April 1982 with four officers and three enlisted Marines, Marine Light Attack Helicopter Training Squadron 303, “Atlas”, is the only Marine Corps squadron assigned the mission of training newly designated Naval Aviators destined to become H-1 replacement pilots, refresher pilots, conversion pilots, and H-1 Aircrew.