Relax, this will not be a post laced with conspiracy theories. But I am both concerned and annoyed over the helicopters that continue to circle Los Angeles, often at odd hours of the night. They have disturbed my sleep and a new trio of unmarked helicopters has piqued my curiosity.
Three Mysterious Helicopters Circling Los Angeles
It still strikes me as odd that police helicopters insist upon operating in the middle of the night. But this week I noticed new, unmarked helicopters overhead. They were traveling faster and lower and had no identifying marks or livery. Observing these odd helicopters drew me to Google, where I found a helpful article. It answered some questions but actually left me with more questions.
Everything we know about the mysterious dark helicopters that have been circling Los Angeles:https://t.co/xcx0tdLHmU
— The War Zone (@thewarzonewire) January 14, 2021
The Drive reports the unidentified trio of helicopters are associated “with a very secretive U.S. military aviation unit.” These are Bell 407 helicopters painted in dark gray and are covered in antennas. Oddly, they originated on the East Coast and were tracked flying across the country over the last few days, making stops in Kentucky, New Mexico, and Arizona before reaching the Hollywood Burbank Airport near my house.
Online flight tracking software indicates that the pair of helicopters that subsequently departed Burbank had taken off from right in front of the fire station at KBUR, which has a pair of marked helipads, and then had flown over parts of Los Angeles before continuing to the Los Angeles County Fire Department’s Camp 8, a former U.S. Army Nike surface-to-air missile site, near Malibu. They then returned to Burbank.
So what gives? I asked the Los Angeles County Fire Department and Burbank Airport and have not heard back. It appears these helicopters were originally purchased by the US Army, intended for the Iraqi Army, but never made it (see linked story above). Still, that doesn’t answer the question of what they are doing here.
These were certainly not Los Angeles Police Department (LAPD) helicopters, nor did they appear to be linked to any sort of civilian law enforcement.
The mysterious man in the jetpack over Los Angeles is an interesting story, but this one is more pressing…because I’ve seen it and heard it myself. More broadly, I am so sick of the nighttime helicopter noise over my house. That’s one aviation sound I’d just prefer never to hear…
Any insight on what these helicopters may be doing in LA?