Meet the Night Stalkers, the Pilots Who Fly SEALs and Delta Force to Their Most Dangerous and Secretive Operations
- The Army’s 160th Special Operations Aviation Regiment, Airborne (SOAR‑A) is the elite aviation unit that flies special operators like Navy SEALs and the Army’s Delta Force into the most dangerous and secretive missions the US conducts.
- The 160th, nicknamed the Night Stalkers, operates religiously my their creed, which says they’ll be there within plus or minus 30 seconds of any operation time, and they’d “rather die than quit.”
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The Army’s 160th Special Operations Aviation Regiment, Airborne, (SOAR‑A), has earned the nickname “The Night Stalkers.”
Operating under the cover of night or the shadows of dawn, these elite pilots are responsible for getting special operators into and out of some of their most secret and dangerous operations.
Night Stalker pilots go through rigorous training to become mission-ready to fly in the most challenging conditions, including bad weather and enemy fire, all while relying on infrared and night-vision equipment to navigate through the darkness.
While many of the 160th SOAR’s operations are secret, it’s widely understood that they were involved in the 2011 raid that killed Osama bin Laden.
Read on to learn more about the elite aviators that “would rather die than quit.”