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An RAH-66 Comanche prototype.

The Army aviator who helped kill the RAH-66 Comanche helicopter – a $40 billion program to build 650 scout choppers that was put out of its misery in 2004 after the Pentagon spent $8 billion for zero operational aircraft — has died.

The Washington Post reported Sunday that retired Colonel Robert McDaniel died Feb. 9  at the age of 88 (it also reported that the two-seat RAH-66 was designed to replace the 14-seat UH-1 Huey, but the obit otherwise looks solid).


McDaniel / Army

McDaniel became an “early and persistent critic” of the Comanche, the Post said, calling it “unnecessary, poorly designed and ill-suited for almost any kind of warfare.”

Thank God that’s no longer the standard.

Godspeed, Colonel McDaniel.


Thanks Mark, these patriots deserve remembrance. The Commanche, among other prblems, suffered from non-attendance in Weight-Watchers -- there were concerns that, when outfitted with actual equipment required for operations, the Comanche's engines would be incapable of lifting the total weight of the helicopter


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