As Colonel-in-Chief of the Army Air Corps, it gives me particular pleasure to acknowledge the enormous debt of gratitude we owe to those who founded it and the many since who, espec1ally in the early years, worked to ensure its continued success.
In 1957, when the Corps was formed, _the British Army had just a small number of Air Observation Post light aircraft which were used for artillery spotting and observation. Its predecessors the Air OP
Squadrons and Glider Pilot Regiment had served with distinction in the Second World War when the helicopter was still in its infancy.
With the introduction to service of the Apache Attack Helicopter into today s Army Air Corps, who could have imagined then that the helicopter would come to play such a leading role in the battlefield?