Stealth Black Hawk down: revised sketch

Here’s the new version of the famous Black Helo which crashed during the Osama Bin Laden raid.  I’ve studied the details that surfaced in the last few hours and after reviewing the many feedbacks I’ve received (with suggestions, speculations, etc) Ugo Crisponi of Aviation Graphic has created another (more realistic) version of the helicopter. Thanks to all those who left comments to the yesterday’s article.

About David Cenciotti
David Cenciotti is a journalist based in Rome, Italy. He is the Founder and Editor of “The Aviationist”, one of the world’s most famous and read military aviation blogs. Since 1996, he has written for major worldwide magazines, including Air Forces Monthly, Combat Aircraft, and many others, covering aviation, defense, war, industry, intelligence, crime and cyberwar. He has reported from the U.S., Europe, Australia and Syria, and flown several combat planes with different air forces. He is a former 2nd Lt. of the Italian Air Force, a private pilot and a graduate in Computer Engineering. He has written five books and contributed to many more ones.


  1. Looks too much like Comanche-derived stuff in your mockup. The tail boom I’ve seen looks like the love child of a Blackhawk and an F-117. Cruder, old-style LO.

  2. The doors wouldn’t be a perfect rectangle. There would be some faceting and odd angles to it.

  3. The Chinese were very interested in the crash and especially interested by the radar absorbing paint. Is this how they made the j-20 and j-31?

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