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Top Secret Stealth Helicopter Program Revealed in Osama Bin Laden Raid: Experts
ABC News ^ | May 4, 2011 | Brian Ross

Posted on 05/04/2011 5:10:31 PM PDT by Jewbacca

Before an elite team of U.S. Navy SEALs executed a daring raid that took down Osama bin Laden, the commandos were able to silently sneak up on their elusive target thanks to what aviation analysts said were top secret, never-before-seen stealth-modified helicopters. In the course of the operation that cost the al Qaeda leader his life, one of the two Blackhawk helicopters that carried the SEALs into bin Laden's Pakistani compound grazed one of the compound's wall and was forced to make a hard landing. With the chopper inoperable, at the end of the mission the SEALs destroyed it with explosives.

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TOPICS: Front Page News; Government
KEYWORDS: china; helicopter; osama; stealth
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I was a fixed wing pilot in the IDF, but note the pan on the rear rotor (radar stealth) and the silver paint (thermal). The blades also look fat, so they probably could rotate a bit slower.

I, for one, am not happy that this tail section survived, as Pakis and China have co-developed a number of weapons systems, including some pretty advanced stuff.

This would be a nice gift to their R&D teams.
1 posted on 05/04/2011 5:10:33 PM PDT by Jewbacca
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To: Jewbacca
Silently??????....So that guy with the fly swatter on twitter was hearing things??

Silent my ______.

2 posted on 05/04/2011 5:12:41 PM PDT by Sacajaweau
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To: Jewbacca

why didnt we destroy it?


3 posted on 05/04/2011 5:13:46 PM PDT by dalebert
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To: Jewbacca

They better not put in in their embassy!


4 posted on 05/04/2011 5:14:05 PM PDT by donozark ("Never wound a King." Machiavelli)
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To: Sacajaweau

Less loud.


5 posted on 05/04/2011 5:14:27 PM PDT by Jewbacca (The residents of Iroquois territory may not determine whether Jews may live in Jerusalem.)
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To: dalebert

We did get most of it.


6 posted on 05/04/2011 5:15:00 PM PDT by Jewbacca (The residents of Iroquois territory may not determine whether Jews may live in Jerusalem.)
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To: Jewbacca
Thanks for posting. Good scope on this bird here and it explains how our guys got in so stealthily.
7 posted on 05/04/2011 5:15:42 PM PDT by moehoward
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To: dalebert
"why didnt we destroy it?"

because it was scratched and we have money to burn

8 posted on 05/04/2011 5:19:35 PM PDT by Steve Van Doorn (*in my best Eric cartman voice* 'I love you guys')
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To: Jewbacca

If it’s supposed to be secret, why are we discussing it in a worldwide forum?


9 posted on 05/04/2011 5:20:56 PM PDT by rabidralph (http://www.conservativedna.com/)
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To: rabidralph
If it’s supposed to be secret, why are we discussing it in a worldwide forum?

Because the cat is obviously out of the bag.

And nobody's going to learn anything they shouldn't know from reading FR.

10 posted on 05/04/2011 5:25:14 PM PDT by okie01 (THE MAINSTREAM MEDIA: Ignorance On Parade)
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To: Jewbacca

YUP...

This thing is so top secret there’s a an article about its development on NASA’s website... and Eurocopters and wired.com and...


11 posted on 05/04/2011 5:26:17 PM PDT by The Magical Mischief Tour (With The Resistance...)
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To: Sacajaweau

Silent compared to a normal copter.


12 posted on 05/04/2011 5:29:24 PM PDT by Blood of Tyrants (Islam is the religion of Satan and Mohammed was his minion.)
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To: dalebert

They tried to destroy as much as they could (electronics probably). But I’m sure someone from USA was there very shortly to watch over it.


13 posted on 05/04/2011 5:35:46 PM PDT by mewykwistmas (Lost your job as a birther under Obama? Become a 'deather'! Where's Bin Laden's death certificate?)
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To: rabidralph; Jewbacca; moehoward
LOL, rabidralph. I thought exactly the same thing at first.

It comes from a link to ABC, which was also covered by Aviation Week. I guess it's out there whether we want it to be or not.

14 posted on 05/04/2011 5:36:17 PM PDT by fanfan (Why did they bury Barry's past?)
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To: Jewbacca

Why in the hell does Obama/Biden and the media like to endanger our troops with their big mouths?


15 posted on 05/04/2011 5:36:24 PM PDT by Dubya-M-DeesWent2SyriaStupid! (Allen West 2012 Make it happen!)
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To: dalebert

When they blew up the chopper, this part blew away intact and over the wall of the compound.


16 posted on 05/04/2011 5:37:57 PM PDT by SueRae (I can see November 2012 from my HOUSE!!!!!!!!)
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To: rabidralph

I understand the whole ‘loose lips’ thing but be real. Pak HAS THE DAMN THING in their hands.

Do you really believe anything anyone here SPECULATES makes a whit of difference? Rational thought should always accompany well intentioned patriotism.


17 posted on 05/04/2011 5:38:27 PM PDT by Norm Lenhart
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To: SueRae

darn ..just darn


18 posted on 05/04/2011 5:40:03 PM PDT by dalebert
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To: SueRae

thanks...


19 posted on 05/04/2011 5:43:14 PM PDT by dalebert
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To: Jewbacca

Damn shame the stealth tech is now in the hands of the Chicoms


20 posted on 05/04/2011 5:48:05 PM PDT by bigbob
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To: Jewbacca

21 posted on 05/04/2011 5:51:37 PM PDT by FReepaholic (Land of the free my @ss)
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To: Jewbacca

Let me see ...... so they made a “hard landing” AFTER they hit the CONCRETE WALL. That would explain the “hard landing”, but it would seem to be “pilot error” not mechanical failure as first reported.

We don’t need to see the OBL dead photos. You can trust us.


22 posted on 05/04/2011 5:51:55 PM PDT by faucetman (Just the facts ma'am, just the facts)
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To: FReepaholic
I found this photo but it doesn't look like the same piece. This one looks pretty burnt and damaged. WTF?


23 posted on 05/04/2011 5:54:46 PM PDT by FReepaholic (Land of the free my @ss)
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To: FReepaholic
Another one.


24 posted on 05/04/2011 5:55:22 PM PDT by FReepaholic (Land of the free my @ss)
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To: faucetman
...so they made a “hard landing” AFTER they hit the CONCRETE WALL...

All the reports I've read is the Seals blew the thing up themselves. Would explain why the tail was over the wall I suppose.

25 posted on 05/04/2011 5:57:09 PM PDT by FReepaholic (Land of the free my @ss)
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To: Norm Lenhart
Yes, it could make a difference. We don't know who reads our posts. I think this is one of the most knowledgeable places on the web for live information. And all anybody needs is a kernel of truth.
26 posted on 05/04/2011 5:57:25 PM PDT by rabidralph (http://www.conservativedna.com/)
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To: rabidralph

Then never post. Never discuss anything. That solves the problem. After all, if something you say has a ‘kernel of truth’ thats all the enemy needs!

Should we all bow to the will of an anonymous poster?

Do you see how insane that sounds?

We aren’t talking about info that never saw the light of day here, we are talking about an international media story thats been going on for 3 days...Rational thought man, rational thought...use some.


27 posted on 05/04/2011 6:04:35 PM PDT by Norm Lenhart
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To: Jewbacca
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28 posted on 05/04/2011 6:08:31 PM PDT by SunTzuWu
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To: FReepaholic

I’d say it’s the same piece after it’s been dragged around by a crane


29 posted on 05/04/2011 6:11:13 PM PDT by paul51 (11 September 2001 - Never forget)
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30 posted on 05/04/2011 6:11:54 PM PDT by musicman (Until I see the REAL Long Form Vault BC, he's just "PRES__ENT" Obama = Without "ID")
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To: bigbob
Damn shame the stealth tech is now in the hands of the Chicoms

I would guess in this era they had pics the day the platform was assembled at the plant. And since their best and brightest go into science and engineering and ours into law and finance, it won't be long until we're cribbing (or purchasing) from them.

31 posted on 05/04/2011 6:15:20 PM PDT by nascarnation
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To: Jewbacca
Artist concept of a possible configuration:


32 posted on 05/04/2011 6:19:09 PM PDT by tanknetter
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To: Jewbacca

bttt


33 posted on 05/04/2011 6:20:25 PM PDT by Scotswife
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To: tanknetter
And a somewhat less radical concept. Perhaps reality is somewhere in between (or something other than an H-60 based platform)?


34 posted on 05/04/2011 6:24:08 PM PDT by tanknetter
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To: Jewbacca
This was taken from one of the commenters at the bottom of the article.

Its just not what you think. I am a helicopter pilot and I work for a major helicopter manufacturer. Rotor noise is reduced at the blade tips. The disc, or "Frisbee" on the tail rotor is armor to protect the linkage from rpg's and other ground fire. The odd angles on what was left are for deflection of shrapnel. It may have the secret metallic paint, but that's about it...it's still just a k or l model blackhawk...sorry to burst any bubbles.

35 posted on 05/04/2011 6:25:53 PM PDT by Evil Slayer (Onward, Christian soldiers, marching as to war)
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To: Jewbacca

The ABC Evening News showed young kids gathering up pieces of the helicopter......the reporter said it was the “skin” of the chopper.

The big surviving piece was carted away on a truck, under a tarp.


36 posted on 05/04/2011 6:30:35 PM PDT by july4thfreedomfoundation (A Jimmy Carter got us a Ronald Reagan......A Barack Obama will get us a Sarah Palin)
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To: Norm Lenhart

We aren’t talking about info that never saw the light of day here, we are talking about an international media story thats been going on for 3 days...Rational thought man, rational thought...use some.

Exactly. The cat is out of the bag. Everything here is open source. This isn't wikileaks.

37 posted on 05/04/2011 6:53:24 PM PDT by Aglooka ("I was out numbered 5-to-1, I got 4.")
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To: SunTzuWu
It's got some Comanche ovetones to it.


38 posted on 05/04/2011 8:14:08 PM PDT by GalaxieFiveHundred
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To: FReepaholic

Why not drone a hellfire on the remaining large parts?


39 posted on 05/04/2011 8:14:54 PM PDT by soycd
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To: Jewbacca

I’m with you 100%. I can’t believe that tail was not destroyed!


40 posted on 05/04/2011 8:18:26 PM PDT by Netizen
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To: Jewbacca
This is a major error.

We should have had two B-1's standing by to deliver 40 2,000lb bombs on the site as soon as the SEALs signaled they were out.

One on top of the other.

41 posted on 05/04/2011 8:21:03 PM PDT by Mariner (War Criminal #18)
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To: nascarnation
And since their best and brightest go into science and engineering..."

... at American universities and then work for American defense contractors...

42 posted on 05/04/2011 8:22:54 PM PDT by Flag_This (Real presidents don't bow.)
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To: faucetman
Let me see ...... so they made a “hard landing” AFTER they hit the CONCRETE WALL. That would explain the “hard landing”, but it would seem to be “pilot error” not mechanical failure as first reported.

Yes, and osama on the bottom floor didn't hear a helo crash on that wall and was unarmed....

43 posted on 05/04/2011 8:24:52 PM PDT by Netizen
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To: tanknetter
"(or something other than an H-60 based platform)? "

Looks smaller than a 60 platform with shorter blades.

Almost like the roters were to spin with the speed of an Osprey.

Weird hybrid.

Shorter, thinner frame...smaller, faster blades?

And, of course, stealth angles and coatings everywhere.

44 posted on 05/04/2011 8:31:48 PM PDT by Mariner (War Criminal #18)
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To: FReepaholic

Holy cow, someone captured Ahmadinejad lurking around the scene!!

Freegards


45 posted on 05/04/2011 8:41:04 PM PDT by Ransomed
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To: Jewbacca

>> I, for one, am not happy that this tail section survived,

That sucks!


46 posted on 05/04/2011 8:43:18 PM PDT by Gene Eric (*** Jesus ***)
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To: Mariner
We should have had two B-1's standing by to deliver 40 2,000lb bombs on the site as soon as the SEALs signaled they were out.

How would you have expected Pakistan to react to a mysterious -- but massive -- bombing raid?

The Pakis have nukes, after all. Plus, a hard on for India. Not to mention something less than a fail-safe command and control system.

Sure you want to take that chance?

47 posted on 05/04/2011 8:44:33 PM PDT by okie01 (THE MAINSTREAM MEDIA: Ignorance On Parade)
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To: Mariner

SO the entire operation was actually a plant of false hitech equipment to redirect the R&D efforts of our enemies away from Whisper Mode.......


48 posted on 05/04/2011 8:47:18 PM PDT by Cvengr (Adversity in life and death is inevitable. Thru faith in Christ, stress is optional.)
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To: Mariner

What? and kill innocent, unarmed civilians because our pilot hit a wall? Sorry Dude, I had enough trouble shooting Viet Cong who were using innocent, unarmed civilians as cover.


49 posted on 05/04/2011 8:49:27 PM PDT by B4Ranch (Allowing Islam into America is akin to injecting yourself with AIDS to prove how tolerant you are..)
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To: FReepaholic

That’s supposed to be the same thing? Of course photos can be deceptive. Looks like the swept wing thing is separate kinda, and flipped upside down. And it seems like there are two rotors with one being more damaged than the other. Perhaps just different angles. Are there any helicopters with two rotors? I freely admit my ignorance in such matters, just relating what the pics look like from my very limited understanding.

Freegards


50 posted on 05/04/2011 8:56:53 PM PDT by Ransomed
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