Legendary Military Units: 160th Special Operations Aviation Regiment – “Night Stalkers Don’t Quit”


One of the best special operation aviation units in the world is the 160th Special Operations Aviation Regiment. The unit typically recruits the best of the best from U.S. Army pilots to fly MH-60 Black Hawks, MH-6 Little Birds, and MH-47 Chinooks.

Secretive Unit

Often, these pilots support distinguished groups of troops like the Green Berets, Delta Force operators, and Army Rangers. But, unfortunately, there is not a whole lot of information out there on the 160th.

But it is not secretive enough to be used for covert missions. So the Army came up with a solution, creating a secret unit. Most often referred to as the “Flight Concepts Division,” very little else is known about the unit.

The unit was first known as SEASPRAY and was dubbed a classified unit with many layers to protect it from public prying eyes. SEASPRAY invited thousands of pilots to try out, but a small amount made it through the process.

Once they were selected and trained, they flew secret missions throughout the world. During the 1990s, much of the unit was moved over to Delta Force, creating the Echo Squadron to assist with aerial surveillance, extractions, and insertions.

Everything moved quickly. The pilots were trained to assist Delta Force with several high-risk missions. In his book, “Relentless Strike,” Sean Naylor wrote that the E Squadron pilots were trained to fly a wide variety of aircraft to support missions.

Successful Operation

The idea was for them to blend into the local area, flying common aircraft. However, the Squadron was so successful that the Joint Special Operations Command decided it needed to be its own unit.

In the late 1990s, Flight Concepts Division was born, though it has been known by many other names, including Aviation Technical Services, Quasar Talent, and Latent Arrow. No matter what their name is, they provide black ops support.

The unit is still active, with a purposefully vague name and mission description. No one really knows exactly what the unit does, and you will never see their aircraft, pilots, or crew since they blend in effortlessly with everyone around them.

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