Prince 51 sheeted west 60 feet above the blacked-out compound wall on a hot cushion of thinning rotor wash. Assaulters on the right side of the aircraft saw the third story of the target building flash by in the darkness with its strange, high-walled white balcony.
The MH-X Silent Hawk’s gray tail rotor skidded left before the secret aircraft pivoted back east toward the open section of the compound known as “Courtyard Alpha”.
The nose of the stealth helicopter reared up slightly to decelerate. The SEAL assault team inside opened doors and rotated aluminum arms outward that held the fast ropes in preparation for their slide down to the courtyard.
The pilots of the 160th Special Operations Aviation Regiment who fly the aircraft known as the MH-X (the actual name remains classified) were already fighting to maintain control of the heavily loaded helicopter.Read more