Friday, May 6, 2011

Curious aircraft abandoned in the hunt for Bin Laden

I have some sort of background in military aviation.  My father is a retired Naval Aviator who flew F-14s (the jets you see in Top Gun), and I am in the Army Aviation world myself.  I'm not here to discuss the capabilities of the aircraft that was unfortunately left behind in the raid that killed Osama Bin Laden.  If I were to do this, I would be speaking nothing but lies and making drastic assumptions which would make me stupid for even opening my mouth/typing.  However, from my perspective as a soldier I will say the way this "discovery" has been handled irritates the hell out of me.

I don't support the idea that our government should lie to us, but when it comes to new technology known only to those that use it, I should NEVER see it on national news without our military's approval.  Our news stations would rather compromise national security for more viewers than keep their mouths shut, and this disgusts me.  Unfortunately the consequences will inevitably end with soldier's lives.  It doesn't matter if it happens today or ten years from now; it will happen.  We see it time and time again.  Every piece of information the insurgents get is used against us.  Last year several soldiers were killed on a routine patrol because one of them foolishly announced on facebook his team was headed out.  The enemy narrowed him down to his facebook and used it again him and his unit.  Now his buddies are dead, and I promise he would do anything to get them back.  That's just one example.  Regardless, we are being countered by our own military tactics in Afghanistan on a regular basis because our enemies are studying us and picking up any useful information they can get.  National security should not be toyed with.


 
Every time I see this picture I cringe.  Covert operations are conducted day and night across the world.  Our military is in places that you, I, and our nation's leaders will never know about.  Releasing images of our premier stealth helicopter on international news accomplished nothing other than informing foreign countries that we possess next generation helicopters.  Our enemies now know without a doubt that radar is no longer effective in detecting some of our rotary winged aircraft.  They will adapt and move on to other methods of detection, and that will get somebody killed down the road.


Too many people, journalists in particular, are ignorant when it comes to fighting a war.  Unfortunately many of them have blood on their hands without being aware of it.  Ignorance truly is bliss.

56 comments:

  1. they should have destroyed it before they left, did they?

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  2. You would not have thought they would have left it there...

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  3. They destroyed it to the best of their abilities before they left, the picture you're seeing is just a small part of what's left. If an aircraft can't be recovered with a DART mission (Downed Aircraft Recovery Team), it will be destroyed.

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  4. Just visualizing this whole event is pretty epic...

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  5. I just love how fake the picture is. Too funny. I bet Bin Laden is shitting himself laughing somewhere because they thought it was him, but it wasnt!

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  6. great post, the government should just release pictures of bin laden and end all the speculation. also how cool would of been growing up when your dad was flying jets?

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  7. F-14s jets are really cool.

    Great post.

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  8. nice post!
    very interessting blog...follow!

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  9. who knows what kind of secrets the government is hiding

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  10. they said it was a highly modified version of an already existing helicopter

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  11. that thing looks really weird!

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  12. @Jesse

    Looking at the tale it looks like some version of the Blackhawk/Seahawk. This wouldn't surprise me. It's a very dependable aircraft that has proven itself quite useful over the past decade.

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  13. Interesting read, following.

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  14. I'm all for military secrecy (I'm a vet myself) but suggesting that the military be given power to censor the news is rather silly for a country like the US ;)

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  15. this is interesting as hell. I love reading things like this :)

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  16. I'm new in your blog. Nice blog ;)

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  17. Interesting article, funny how a country can be it's own worst enemy..

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  18. They destroyed most of the crucial technology, but the fear is that the structural engineering can be sold as information and copied by rival militaries. Good post.

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  19. Wow I had no idea about that facebook thing. We need to learn how to keep out big mouths shut.

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  20. Wonderfull! Nice blog, keep on blogging =D

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  21. Just thinking that plane in the picture must be worth quite some dollars

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  22. well that plane looks like something from 2018 aha

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  23. They will report anything for views. It is sad but that's the way it works. They will risk our well being for a great story.

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  24. Yeah, one would think the craft would have been destroyed if it was that secret. Wonder thwy they would use a prototype craft for such an important mission.

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  25. I have long searched for such a combination of blogging topics! Thank you for this and I agree on the radar, it is way too old to be used in war or as a serious national defense system!
    rb

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  26. Damn That's a crazy helicopter

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  27. Too bad the detonation didn't completely destroy the helicopter.

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  28. They did what they could - It's destroyed to a sufficient level. The electrics will be totally gone which is enough more or less..

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  29. huh, I just read about that a few minutes ago :)

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  30. I was reading about this the other day. wow interesting

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  31. Dude I saw those pictures too. I bet its some new weapons tech....sweet. I read an article on this yesterday.

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  32. Is this a Predator drone or something else?

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  33. Steal Helicopter! Sell to chinese!

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  34. I love reading this kind of stuff :)

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  35. astute observations, and a shame that it will indeed cause more deaths. but i think we will eventually find another way to one up them.
    +followed

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  36. I've actually thought a lot about this in the past. I don't necessary trust everything that is going on, but we shouldn't be adding addition risk to those fighting for us.

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  37. theyre just doing their job. if nobody knows what the military is doing where is the oversight?

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  38. Hmm this was a very interesting read. I think someone talked about this on the bus yesterday. What a coincidence.

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  39. Better to destroy it then to let them get their hands on our technology.. Not that they would have ANY clue how to use it. Barbarians.

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  40. This is defintely only a fraction of the truth... The US is a tricksy hobbit sometimes

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  41. That's why believing the journalists is the most stupid thing we can do. We have a lack of truth in all kinds of media today ...

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  42. It's just a reminder of how ignorant the media is. They would all sell out their mothers for a dime, even on mother's day :<

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  43. I agree that journalist rarely have the scope to understand what damage their jobs might do. But in this instance everyone in the surrounding area took pictures so the story of these helis is out no matter what. If it was of great interest to the military they should have blown that shit up later.

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  44. Journalists have a right to free speech. While I don't necessarily agree with publishing this sort of information, journalism is a huge cornerstone of our democracy and does much more good than it does bad.

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  45. I'm the President of DART, and I approve this message.

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