I gotta ask, why Air Force? I think of those fly-boys and -girls as the "stand-back-and-shoot-from-miles-away" sorts, not the sort who use attack heli's. I'm not trying to sound insulting, it's just that this craft just doesn't sound like thier cup of tea to me. Its just that I'd see Marines as being more likely canidates, you know?
Now, If this craft doesn't fit into current military thinking because of some major tactical shift (or because you don't want it to), well, thats cool too.