What’s the type of helicopter hidden below a protective cover?
A reader sent us this photo he took from his car of a helicopter being moved on trailer not far from Sikorsky plant in Stratford.
Here’s what the reader wrote to describe the scene he witnessed on Jul. 30:
“[…]. The reason I took a picture of this is that I’ve seen them put UH-60’s without covers on trailers, and this time, there was a convoy of probably 4 hummers and 2 deuce & a half’s I saw in the vicinity, as well. It was unusual – especially at 1545 on a Wednesday.”
Even though the chopper is hidden below a protective covering, its shape can be guessed: based on the position of the tail boom in relation to the cabin and the tail boom angling we can say it has something in common with the U.S. UH-60 Black Hawk.
Someone may believe the aircraft is the Stealth Black Hawk helicopter used by the Navy SEALs in the Osama Bin Laden raid. However it’s almost impossible to believe they would move the radar-evading U.S. black MH-X chopper exposed by Operation Neptune’s Spear in daylight and by trailer.Our reader seems to agree:
“I’ve seen and experienced how they transport aircraft/inventory that is most likely categorized at the SCI level – They get about 20 DoD Dodge Chargers with take downs and spot lights on everywhere, they shut down every on/off ramp for about 5 miles in front and behind the cargo, and set up a “dome of light” so it’s difficult to see the angles of the “cargo”.”
So, is it a UH-60?
Most probably, yes. Still, we can’t exclude is a mock-up, a movie prop or something else.
Looks to me like a regular ole Blackhawk. I used to see these all the time when I lived near their plant. Quite a common occurrence to see them move in this way :)
Rumours rumours, word from behind the gate is that the aircraft is from Taiwan M 562 inbound Sikorsky for special Paint, fuel work, flight and delivery to customer from West Palm Beach. One of four.
Nothing out of the ordinary this time, just some blue plastic to protect the fuselage.
I believe you may be off by one tail number actually.
“They get about 20 DoD Dodge Chargers with take downs and spot lights on everywhere, they shut down every on/off ramp for about 5 miles in front and behind the cargo, and set up a “dome of light” so it’s difficult to see the angles of the “cargo”.”
Say’s the guy who has NO idea what he is talking about.
If it is anything special, its an optionally-piloted blackhawk. 2 MUs were outfitted and have been tested a while now.
what if its a autonomous?