MH-60 Bin Laden Raid "Night of Reckoning" (Fine Art Print) by Mark Karvon Aviation Art
Item Number: MKNMH60
As he stood amongst the wrecked devastation of the World Trade Center Towers caused by the 9/11 al Qaeda terrorist attack, President George W Bush spoke to the masses of people through a borrowed bullhorn. When someone in the crowd yelled that he was having difficulties hearing the President his impromptu response was, "I can hear you! The rest of the world hears you! And the people -- and the people who knocked these buildings down will hear all of us soon!"
In the early morning hours of May 2, 2011, that promise was fulfilled when a CIA led operation with the 160th Special Operations Air Regiment and SEAL Team 6 raided the Abbottabad compound in Pakistan believed to be the hideout of Osama bin Laden. Two top secret stealth helicopters, believed to be modified MH-60 Blackhawks, were used to slip undetected into Pakistani air space. It was unlikely bin Laden heard them coming until they were right on top of the compound. The infamous terrorist leader was killed in the ensuing 40 minute raid.
The helicopters used in the raid are top secret. They have not been revealed publically. The only clues we have to their appearance being the remaining tail section of one aircraft intentionally destroyed during the raid. This print depicts my interpretation of what those helicopters looked like inbound with SEAL Team 6 over Abbottabad moments before landing at the compound. It is available in two versions the first showing the helicopters under a starry sky, the second a bit more patriotic with the ghost of the American Flag in the night sky.