Silent But Violent: Bin Laden Raid Stealthcopter
So you know how a SEAL team raided Bin Laden's hideout and killed him? I know, I just heard about it too. Also, that there was a specially trained dog on the raid team. Yes, seriously. Anyway, I would have taken him alive. Crippled as a one-legged spider, but alive. But enough about my army of one (or two if you count my imaginary friend): this is about the stealth-copter used in the raid.
The helicopter crashed during landing, and while the team took measures to destroy it before leaving, they missed the tail rotor section which had broken off and fallen outside the compound wall.
On Monday local children were seen picking up pieces of the silver loaded infrared suppression covering used on the tail rotor surfaces, before Pakistani authorities came and trucked away the remaining bits. Now there is concern that the highly classified materials are on their way to Pakistan's friends in China.
The military aircraft geeks over at Aviation Week say that it appears to be a previously unknown highly modified version of the H-60 Blackhawk, with special coverings designed to reduce its noise, radar, and infrared cross section.
You know what would've been even more stealthy than a helicopter? Tunneling underground. You just score some property as close as you can in the city, hire the lowest bidding team of mole-people, and presto, you pop up in Bin Laden's basement! Oooooooor the middle of a street. I TOLD YOU WE SHOULD'VE GONE WITH THE 2ND LOWEST BIDDER.
Hit the jump for a couple shots of the wrecked tail-end (no, not my ass -- good one though).
Thanks to Nesbit, who stealths around his neighborhood dressed like a ninja. That's, uh, that's a good way to get hit by a car.