The ordinary bow, not mounted on a stock; -- so called in distinction from the crossbow when both were used as weapons of war. Also, sometimes, such a bow of about the height of a man, as distinguished from a much shorter one.
Traditional type of bow. Just like Robin Hood used to shoot. The limbs are partially rounded and the whole bow is made of wood. The handle may be covered in some material such as leather and the nocks may have decorative horn protection. Some of these bows are over 100 pound in draw weight.
The weapon of the archer, used for launching arrows, developed in Europe. Compare it with the shorter composite bow of the Saracen, which had a shorter draw but was easier to use from horseback. Longbows were the preferred weapon of the English after the middle 14th century, Edward III recognizing the power of massed artillery (archers) used in combination with dismounted cavalry and infantry. The longbow, with a draw from 30 - 36", could launch an arrow more than 300 yards, deadly against opponents not defended by plate armour.
AH-64D Longbow is a PC flight simulator released in June of 1996. This simulation was developed at Origin Systems, Inc. by producer Andy Hollis. AH-64D Longbow was the second simulator released under the Jane's Combat Simulators line from Electronic Arts.