The U.S. Army's AH64 Apache helicopter performance during the Panama invasion and Desert Storm has silenced years of skeptical speculation regarding the utility of a visually coupled helmet-mounted display (HMD) in combat. Unfortunately, in the fixed wing community, pilot night vision is limited to viewing a I-HiD for FLIR imagery or image intensification (12) from a helmet mounted goggle. Presently, restricted visual freedom and high head/neck ejection safety risks are accepted penalties for operating at night. Full visual freedom during night missions is a feature not yet afforded to any U.S. military fighter aircraft. This paper will focus specifically on a candidate HMD system for the night attack mission. Included are trade-off discussions relative to several specific design decisions.