It goes in depth into some of the technical aspects of Blackhawk helicopters and even some of the politics surrounding it. One interesting bit is why the helicopter may have crashed during the Bin Laden raid. Although not stated in the article, what the author is talking about is called “ground effects”, meaning that a helicopter’s lift capability is effected by what type of terrain it is flying over, with other factors involved as well.
Artists rendering of what the stealth MH-60 may have looked like
Ground effects are one of the big reasons why there has been so much trouble with the V-22 Osprey. Think about how crazy that gets when you have to main rotors, each hovering over a different type of terrain in some cases.
What is more interesting about the AOL article is what it neglects to mention. Although the analysis is somewhat in depth for a ultra-mainstream AOL article, it makes no reference at all to the fact that the helicopter in question belonged to an ultra-classified stealth aviation project and/or unit.
2 responses to “Mainstream press silent about stealth helicopter?”
The writer of this article is shooting in the dark. Notes that he states that the problem “appears to have been”. History will bear me out: Pilot error. Thats nothing derogatory about the pilot, mind you. He was attemtping a difficult landing with night vision, which takes away your depth perception, and had very little room for error. A regular helicopter pilot, without SOAR’s experience or training, would have had fatalities.
The official story about this raid has already changed so many times that I think all of us are shooting in the dark to a large extent. Thanks for your input Gary, I suppose we’ll find out the truth in another 10 years or so. There is also the aspect of this that this helicopter model is not as “battle proven” as the UH/MC-60 and may have had some kind of mechanical issue. In my experience, SOAR pilots can do some pretty amazing things and are not afraid to push their aircraft to the limits. Sometimes they take some flak for some of the bravado you occasionally hear from 160th guys, but in my opinion, they can back most of it up.