Skip to comments.Top Secret Stealth Helicopter Program Revealed in Osama Bin Laden Raid: Experts
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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Silent my ______.
why didnt we destroy it?
They better not put in in their embassy!
We did get most of it.
because it was scratched and we have money to burn
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.
This thing is so top secret there’s a an article about its development on NASA’s website... and Eurocopters and wired.com and...
Silent compared to a normal copter.
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.
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.
Why in the hell does Obama/Biden and the media like to endanger our troops with their big mouths?
When they blew up the chopper, this part blew away intact and over the wall of the compound.
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.
darn ..just darn
Damn shame the stealth tech is now in the hands of the Chicoms
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.
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.
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.
I’d say it’s the same piece after it’s been dragged around by a crane
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.
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.
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.
We arent 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.
Why not drone a hellfire on the remaining large parts?
I’m with you 100%. I can’t believe that tail was not destroyed!
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.
... at American universities and then work for American defense contractors...
Yes, and osama on the bottom floor didn't hear a helo crash on that wall and was unarmed....
Looks smaller than a 60 platform with shorter blades.
Almost like the roters were to spin with the speed of an Osprey.
Shorter, thinner frame...smaller, faster blades?
And, of course, stealth angles and coatings everywhere.
Holy cow, someone captured Ahmadinejad lurking around the scene!!
>> I, for one, am not happy that this tail section survived,
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?
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.......
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.
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.
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