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Exclusive: Legendary special operations aviator reveals bin Laden mission details for the first time | Military Times
By Hamid Mir - http://centralasiaonline.com/en_GB/articles/caii/features/pakistan/main/2011/05/03/feature-02, CC BY-SA 3.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=64871674

Exclusive: Legendary special operations aviator reveals bin Laden mission details for the first time | Military Times

In May of 2011, Chief Warrant Officer 5 Douglas Englen was the pilot in charge of the air operations for the mission. He states that once Black Hawk-1 crashed inside the compound, he and his crew took off in Chinook-1 and reached the site in less than 10 minutes, prepared to evacuate the ground troops or provide support. Englen was able to land next to the downed Black Hawk, despite it blowing just 100 feet from their Chinook. He also commented that some of the ground troops had expressed their concerns about making it back home, as some had only been read into the mission two weeks prior. “‘We’re going into this place, what are our odds of making it back?’ I never thought that. I never thought that we weren’t coming back,” commented Englen.

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