~ The Rebel ~ 2011/05/07 20:28:21
When a U.S. military helicopter was destroyed in the backyard of Osama bin Laden's compound, it left not only a pile of smoldering wreckage but tantalizing evidence of a secret stealth chopper.

But aviation experts are now convinced that the Pentagon may have developed such an aircraft. They say the U.S. military went to extraordinary lengths to protect its new technology by destroying a helicopter that had been damaged in the raid, either during the initial landing or in the subsequent evacuation.

A section of the craft also survived intact, and photos of it leave no doubt in analysts' minds that the U.S. had modified a MH-60 Black Hawk into some kind of super-secret stealth helicopter — the likes of which have never been seen before.

Read More: http://www.latimes.com/business/la-fi-stealth-chop...

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  • RobertRowe 2011/05/26 04:20:18
    there is one that was featured on 'american chopper' that inspired a bike. but it was an attack helicopter like the apache and cobra of american design and the 'hind d' from russia. not a personel transport like the black hawk.
  • Flamingo Flame Gem *AFCL* 2011/05/08 05:36:29
    Flamingo Flame Gem *AFCL*
    Coming from a line of military family. Some things are better kept secret when it involves military weapons or anything else.
  • JAKE~PWCM~JLA 2011/05/08 03:34:57
    helicopters are pretty much the loudest vehicle on the battlefield. You can't silence rotors; and the helicopters fly under the radar most of the time - we don't bother to (and can't) make stealth helicopters.
  • GettingBarried 2011/05/07 22:24:14
    It's a Blackhawk with special services modifications. The tail rotor oddity could be nothing more than a simple, protective cover. The MH-60 is always flying low and quite possibly solo. There are quite a few doodads on special service aircraft that do not appear on the standard versions. It does not mean there is a wholly new aircraft out there.
  • X_Sparky 2011/05/07 22:09:14
    They should have blown it too...
  • joe59 2011/05/07 21:33:37
    Some things we just don't need to know.
  • Reverend Hell 2011/05/07 21:00:59
    Reverend Hell
    Yes, but it's really a UFO in disguise as a stealth helicopter.
    But, don't tell anyone I told you because it's really pretty top secret... ;)
  • Trouble 2011/05/07 20:50:36
    I think the Pakistani picked up tail section so that Russian and Chinese spies didn't take a close look at it.
  • ~ The Rebel ~ 2011/05/07 20:29:07
    ~ The Rebel ~
    Aerospace analysts say the surviving tail section appears nothing like that of the standard $30-million Black Hawk chopper made by Sikorsky Aircraft Corp. in Connecticut. Notably, the tail rotor was partially covered by a plate or hub, possibly part of a noise muffling system.

    "What we're seeing here is a very different type of design than what we normally see in rotorcraft," said Loren Thompson, defense policy analyst for the Lexington Institute in Arlington, Va. "It appears that the military went to great lengths to reduce the radar and acoustic signature of the helicopter."

    The tail section hints at what other modifications might have been made to the far more important main rotor.


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