posted on May, 9 2014 @ 10:24 AM
a reply to: Zaphod58
I made another mistake in my last post as to the time frame of the paint job of the H60 in your pictures. I was thinking of when the H60 came into
the inventory but I missed the paint question. Let me try again. The Blackhawk is in the standard army paint scheme of the time (early 1960's). It
is painted in standard army aviation green and not the IR suppressing paint (black appearing). I don't know when the IR paint was introduced but the
first time that IR missiles (SA7s) were use against my unit was at An Loc Vietnam around May 1972. We received exhaust kits in short order to blow the
engine exhaust up into the rotors for cooling.
I think where my memory failed was when I attended flight school the UH1B's we trained in were still in bright paint but they were built around 1960
and the other helicopters were bright orange. Bright paint was full color national insignia and yellow US ARMY and bureau # over olive drab.
On further reflection, the gray paint of the mid 80's was possibly for aircraft that operated mostly during the day. It is difficult to see with the
naked eye and doesn't absorb the sun's heat so it's more difficult for IR missiles to acquire as a dark color would. This brings me back to the
idea of the dark color aircraft are for the army's night fighting doctrine. If the paint is dark so it is visually difficult to see at night and the
paint suppresses the IR controlled weapons this only leaves the mark one eyeball to shoot at the helicopters. This can be addressed by flying low as
not give the bad guys only a few seconds to shoot at us.
How would our antagonists counter our night warfighting doctrine? They would build aircraft that looks very similar to ours to confuse the warspace.
They know the average person can't identify most aircraft. This is known as the "Piper Cub" effect. The average guy that sees a small single
engine airplane refers to it as a Piper Cub whether it is or not. It's like this thread where all low flying aircraft is up to no good. Black
helicopters are the favorite complaint...the medical flight helicopter here happens to be black with red markings and 50 miles up the road their
medflight helo is dark blue with white markings. Our sheriff's helo is black with gold markings as are most civilian government aircraft. The
boarder patrol's helos are dark green with white markings. Military helos are different low-vis colors but one thing all of these helos have in
common is they all need to train for their mission. This training can not all be done in military operating areas (MOA) so the "Piper Cub" crowd
will see "black helicopters" from time to time.
For those who see and hear "black helicopters" rest assured that they are not after you! If you are the target, you will only hear the helo about
20 seconds before the spec-ops guys will have you! That's what they train for and they are dedicated to keeping you SAFE by doing it.