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Bloviating Zeppelin: OBL's Mission, What No One Mentions: The Stealth Helo

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Sunday, May 29, 2011

OBL's Mission, What No One Mentions: The Stealth Helo

The OBL mission on May 2nd was a resounding success. OBL received the proverbial and loving "Double Tap" -- as I taught my department under my administration as Rangemaster, to mean: one to center mass, one to the head. Occasionally we went Triple Tap: two to the chest, one to the head.

Thanks to SEAL Team 6.

I won't address the political issues here; that's for other past and future posts.

The problem with the helo issue was due to higher-than-anticipated temperatures and weights calculated down to the single pound.

And a technology that had existed, quietly, for the past four years was revealed here in the following news photo:

Stratfor weighs in here. He writes:

Numerous media sources have reported that the stealth helicopter was a modified Blackhawk. Having said that, we have no independent confirmation as to whether or not it was a Blackhawk. Our sources are indicating that the stealth helicopter has been operational for a good four years, predominantly flying special operations missions only at night.

In looking at the design of the helicopter wreckage from the bin Laden safe house, it carries many of the characteristics that you would typically see on the stealth bomber and aircraft that is flying today. The design of the helicopter is one that is masked to reduce its radar signature as well as dampen the noise from the rotors. And it’s our understanding that the aircraft was designed for that specific purpose, meaning special operations missions to be handled at night behind enemy lines for the sole purpose of masking its approach to an attack site. From a person I talked to who has flown in one of these stealth helicopters, the helicopter has been described as amazingly quiet in the air, and the noise is much like an outdoor air conditioner next to your house in the dead of the summer.

The helicopter was flown out of the 160th at Fort Campbell, Kentucky, and certainly explains why President Obama made the visit to personally recognize the flight crews.

Our aviation sources close to the operation advise that the stealth helicopter crashed due to a brown out. In essence, as the helicopter approached, with the pilot utilizing night vision goggles, the dust and the dirt of the compound created an atmosphere which caused the pilot to set down the helicopter on the wall. After the helicopter crashed, a front portion, the cockpit area, was blown up by special operations SEALS while they were departing with bin Laden’s body.

Having done a lot of aircraft investigations in my past, one of the things you will notice is, the Pakistanis lost control of the crash site. At this point it’s unclear how much of the wreckage has already been lost that potentially could show up on the black market or in the hands of a nation-state that would be fascinated to learn the technology used in order to enter and exit Pakistani airspace without getting caught.

The “Above the Tearline” aspect of this video is the fact that we have been flying this stealth helicopter for four years is a remarkable achievement, and the fact that there had been no leaks until the pictures of the helicopter next to safe house surfaced.

But, in the clear, there is a comparison here:

Following that, video analysis here. See below:

The SEALs detonated the bulk of the forward cockpit but couldn't, in their haste, attach explosives to every part of the helo. When some persons excoriate our operators for leaving "something" behind, I would submit this: they managed to destroy the greater portion of our electronic techno presence leaving -- just that. A portion of a tail. With stubby tail.

Our exposure. Kept in secret until now.

And ignored by our media.

Seen here on Bloviating Zeppelin.



Blogger The Born Again American said...

I think Obama is pledging billions of dollars to the "Arab Spring" so they can develop their own stealth helo... The prototype starts with a camel with exceptionally large ears...

Sun May 29, 06:51:00 AM PDT  
Blogger Scotty said...

I'm in a place where I couldn't play the video so I don't know if it addressed this but, I seem to remember reading somewhere that the Chinese have been allowed to check out that rotor assembly.

If true, get allies those Pakistani's are!!

Sun May 29, 08:21:00 AM PDT  
Blogger Well Seasoned Fool said...

Too much chatter about every aspect of the mission. OP SEC, people!

You are right about the aircraft being kept secret for so long.

Sun May 29, 10:29:00 AM PDT  
Blogger Bloviating Zeppelin said...

BAA, but at least it'll be relatively easy on fuel. . .

Scotty: great. Just great.

WSF, you're correct; too much info from the US end.

Still very interesting though, because the bulk of a conventional helo's noise comes from the tail rotor.


Sun May 29, 12:36:00 PM PDT  

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