Exclusive: Black Helo down – serial number found on a piece of the broken helicopter

May 04 2011 - 54 Comments

After publishing my yesterday’s article about The mysterious helicopter involved in the Osama Bin Laden raid, I’ve been receiving feedbacks by many enthusiasts, experts, analysts, journalists, etc. Among them, the most interesting one came from Adam Roberts of the Economist who left me the following interesting comment:

Hello, I’m a British journalist and was at Bin Laden’s compound yesterday. I picked up a bit of the broken helicopter from a field by the house. By chance it had a serial number on it. No idea if it’s of any use / interest to you, but here goes:
SCFV12A107-3 next line: REV – next line: 6-25-09 (a date maybe?)

Here’s a picture of the piece Adam sent me:

Something new to investigate.

In the meanwhile, I’ve asked Ugo Crisponi of Aviationgraphic.com to draw a sketch of how the Black Helo could look like basing on the few available details seen on pictures (it must be refined, some details probably missing, but it’s quite interesting):

  • Gabe S.

    also you may want to double the cargo area in your sketch, if 24 SEALs and Osama did indeed all leave in one helicopter. The Standard Blackhawk is only rated for 11.

    • I actually believe that more than two helos were involved in the operation. I will discuss the entire operation later on here on my blog.

  • Tameerily

    The neighbors all heard the helicopters. One of them said that the helicopters came, left, and then returned. Why didn’t the personnel on all those military bases so nearby the compound hear them? If what they say about the Pakistanis harboring Bin Laden is true, seems like some of the troops would have headed to the compound. 40 minutes would have been time enough to travel the 1 1/2 miles.

  • Allan

    I can’t seem to find the part on ebay. Can you tell me the item number?

  • The so-called “stealth” helo is a modified UH-60 Blackhawk that has, instead of fixed pitch links controlling the main rotors, individual computer controlled servo actuators that allow each blade to “fly” independently. Using an advanced computer algorithm that focuses on reduction of vibration, noise has been attenuated by 80-85% (depending on decent or banking). Vibration too has been reduced by 75%.

    With respect to the tail rotor, engineers kept the original Blackhawk tail, however a new gearbox, and modified Fenestron style blades has changed it’s sound too something like a muffled lawn mower.

    With respect to the copter’s skin, that’s the same RF absorbing composite material used on our other stealth aircraft.

    There’s been a great deal of misinformation coming from “experts” regarding this aircraft and I wanted to set the record straight. I’m a 10,000+ helo driver that’s flown Bell, Eurocopter, and Sikorsky products. I also have the modified copter’s engineering abstracts.

    If you’d like more info, drop me an email.

  • db

    just curious isnt most of the noise assoc. with helios the interaction of
    main rotor / tail rotor. The little disc on the pictured has been flying with eurocopters for years and they’re as noisy as you could get