Of the other six Victoria Crosses to be displayed, one was awarded to Second World War hero, Burslem-born John Baskeyfield VC, the "tankbuster
" hero of the Arnhem parachute landings.
The AH-64E is also known as the "tankbuster
." It is equipped with powerful target acquisition radar that is capable of 360-degree operation to a range of 8 kilometers and can track over 128 targets simultaneously and sort out the 16 most dangerous.
Their Warrior armoured troop carrier was blasted by an American F10 Tankbuster
in the Iraqi desert.
Some argue that the United States could tip the balance with specialized weapons like the A-10 "tankbuster
" plane and helicopter gunships that can deliver precision attacks, but Washington is reluctant to be drawn more deeply into the war.
involvement would help as European air forces conducting ground strikes lack low-flying A-10 "tankbuster
" planes and AC-130 gunships that analysts say would be useful against Gaddafi's forces.
It was on February 26, 1991, when their Warrior armoured troop carrier was blasted by an American F10 Tankbuster
in the Iraqi desert.
A US tankbuster
plane blasted a vehicle carrying the 25-year-old Household Cavalry after the pilots mistook the British convoy for Iraqis.
But he directed two A10 tankbuster
planes to enemy positions - and then called in helicopters to evacuate his stricken c omrades.
Trooper Chris Finney, of the Blues and Royals, was just 18 when he tried to rescue injured colleagues from a burning vehicle which was under attack from American A-10 "tankbuster
" aircraft during the Iraq War on March 28, 2003.
He was travelling in a column of light armoured vehicles near Basra when it was attacked by a US A-10 "tankbuster
She had previously been refused access to the classified footage, which shows Lance Corporal of Horse Matty Hull's convoy being hit by an American A-10 tankbuster
aircraft near Basra in southern Iraq on March 28, 2003.
One A-10 Warthog tankbuster
plane was the only air support for the advance, loosing large-caliber cannon rounds on enemy positions near the tanks.