That mostly intact tail of the top secret stealth helicopter that helped kill Osama? According to US intelligence figures, Pakistan gave China full access as revenge for the raid — including photos, and chunks of the damn thing, the NYT reports.
But don't worry! They're just 1:144 scale toys. If this is the extent of Chinese reverse-engineering efforts, then the Pentagon can probably wipe the sweat off its trillion-dollar brow. I'd still like one of these for my desk, though.
The mission to kill Osama bin Laden went almost perfectly, in that we killed Osama bin Laden. One hitch - we had to blow apart an extremely expensive (and extremely secret) stealth helicopter. And we left a big piece behind.
Ever since SEAL Team 6 blew up its downed, stealth Black Hawk, aviation geeks around the globe have been trying to figure out what the hell it was. One flight expert has gathered the clues and created this detailed rendering.
US Special Forces lost a helicopter in their mission to take down Osama bin Laden. And while previous reports - and a peek at the tail - have so far indicated that it was a Black Hawk MH-60, the latest speculation is that this wasn't just your average berzerker chopper.
Although no Americans were hurt in Osama bin Laden's takedown, one MH-60 Black Hawk helicopter didn't make it back - and was subsequently blown apart by US commandos. Here's the scene, as a satellite whizzed by at 27,000km/h.