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US Says China Photographed Secret Bin Laden Kill-Copter

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.

China Building Its Own Osama-Killing Stealth Black Hawks

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.

Pakistan Handing Over Lost Helicopter Tail From Osama Raid

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.

Is This The Navy's Secret Helicopter?

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.

Check Out The Demolished SEAL Team 6 Chopper From Space

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. [GeoEye via Danger Room]

Satellite imagery by GeoEye, annotation by Danger Room

The Berzerker Black Hawk Helicopter That Helped Kill Osama

Everyone wants to know exactly how the take-out-bin-Laden-operation went down. Part of what we know for sure is that badass Navy SEALs did the shooting, and were carried to the site by another elite team – the 160th Special Operations Aviation Regiment, or SOAR (aka the “Night Stalkers”).

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