Flightglobal’s 3-D super-graphic of stealthy MH-60 tail rotor

Flightglobal’s resident artist Gareth Burgess has truly out-done himself with a 3-D rendering (take that, Polar Express!) of the stealthy tail rotor discovered on that unfortunate MH-60 in Abbottabad earlier this week. And, yes, it is really just an MH-60 with stealth features bolted on by the army’s gadget wizards at Fort Campbell. Read my full story here.


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9 Responses to Flightglobal’s 3-D super-graphic of stealthy MH-60 tail rotor

  1. dude 6 May, 2011 at 4:52 pm #

    With the 3D reconstruction of the LO tail, the DEW Line probably gives foreign states (PRC not excluded) a better insight into how to design a LO rotorcraft tail section, all in the name of good journalism, of course.

  2. Stephen Trimble 6 May, 2011 at 4:57 pm #

    Sure, dude. Let the Chinese base their LO technology on our drawings. Let’s see how that works out for them. I’d like to see that.

  3. dude 6 May, 2011 at 5:06 pm #

    Feeding time; pity.

  4. fred 6 May, 2011 at 6:06 pm #

    the movie doesn’t load.

  5. Stephen Trimble 6 May, 2011 at 6:18 pm #

    Sorry if you’re having trouble, fred. If you’re on a PC, you may have to click refresh once or twice, but it should load. If you’re using an iPad, I’m afraid it probably won’t work. It’s a flash animation.

  6. EchoTango 7 May, 2011 at 5:30 pm #

    CNN recently showed a animation of a modified Blackhawk that looked very much like a standard version with shorter rotor blades and a different tail section. They referred to it as the Nighthawk.

    My thinking is this a low observable aircraft based on the Blackhawk but more radical in design the CNN reported. I’m thinking of a cross between a RA66 Comanche and a Blackhawk.

    This makes perfect sense due to the clandestine nature of the work that they acquired a medium sized craft able to carry a fully loaded combat team that has a significantly reduced RCS and acoustic profile.

    I wonder when this bird will be publicly displayed ?

    BTW, a Playbook has no problem playing that video.

  7. Joe Schmoe 8 May, 2011 at 1:39 am #


    I am going to come out on a limb here and make a bold prediction, the stealth helicopter is not a UH-60/S70 variant but a CH-148/H-92/S-92 variant.

    The more I compare the two, the more it looks like a modified CH-148 and not a MH-60. Tail boom thickness/width is about right for a CH-148 but too wide for MH-60. Also the elevators are already separated in the tail and not one big flap like the H-60.

    This bird is most definitely a H-92 variant, it would also allow the number of troops to be carried for this mission in two helicopters. The H-92/CH-148 already includes some noise quieting gear as default.

    Time will tell if my prediction is right, though it goes in the face of everyone else saying it is a H-60.

  8. mupp 8 May, 2011 at 2:08 pm #

    Great stuff Stephen, thanks.

  9. Amicus Curiae 11 May, 2011 at 9:52 pm #

    Columbia Pictures presents: Blue Thunder, a flying arsenal that hears through walls; sees in the dark; and thinks your thoughts…One civilian dead for every ten terrorists. That’s an acceptable ratio…(unless your one of the civilians)


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