Army Helicopters?

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Does anyone know what those Army helicopters were doing on Thursday? They flew very low over SB in the late afternoon/early evening around 5pm.

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Z Dec 06, 2019 03:51 PM
Army Helicopters?

The flew low through Refugio Pass. Rumble lasted about ten minutes as they headed down to the 101 near el Capitan. Probably nothing to do with Vandenberg AFB, it has no facilities for visiting aircraft, much less thirty aviators looking for a bathroom and coffee refill. CH/MH-47s are wonderful aircraft: 9,000+ horsepower, 26,000+ pound load, seating for up to 55 passengers, 180 mph, and only $40M.

SBZZ Dec 06, 2019 01:01 PM
Army Helicopters?

I saw them - I think they were Chinooks - CH-47s. Looked like they flew right up State St. or 101 - above 500 feet, but barely :)

a-1575659225 Dec 06, 2019 11:07 AM
Army Helicopters?

To me it’s the sound of relief. The sound of reinforcements coming. The sound of firefighters to the rescue. ..

a-1575656815 Dec 06, 2019 10:26 AM
Army Helicopters?

I saw it, and it seemed to be following the freeway, as seen from our house on the West Side. It was a large military double rotor "transport" type helicopter (that's about as technical as I can get about military aircraft) and was really loud.

pstarSR Dec 06, 2019 10:08 AM
Army Helicopters?

1. explanation to they "flew low". army helicopters are loud in comparison to civilian helicopters. their rotors are larger and take a larger "bite" out of the air. so it will sound closer than it is. Most of the time they are on a training flight from somewhere else on the coast, flying back to vandenberg.

Emmenanthe Dec 06, 2019 10:07 AM
Army Helicopters?

Based on past experience, military pilots are usually responsible for this type of behavior. Probably will only be worse with a Commander In Chief who enjoys bullying. Just checked flightradar24 site out of curiosity. That you for the information. That site tracks commercial flights and asks for origin and/or destination.

stewart14 Dec 06, 2019 05:24 PM
Army Helicopters?

Too funny. They have been passing through since your "passive" Commander in Chief was in charge. Ridiculous.

Emmenanthe Dec 06, 2019 10:01 AM
Army Helicopters?

The very loud and low flight rattled all my windows on the ridge of Alta Mesa enough that I wondered if one might break. Several questions/comments about the noise, etc. on the on the Nextdoor web site.

d8vanilla Dec 06, 2019 01:53 PM
Army Helicopters?

If your windows are rattling that bad, then it might be time to get them replaced. My new triple pane windows made a huge difference with noise reduction. (It's actually one pane is extra thick, and 2nd pane is thick. )

a-1575654699 Dec 06, 2019 09:51 AM
Army Helicopters?

Using the website flightradar24 and checking the local airports' traffic in real time, you can get the helicopters' (or planes') id's and route or pattern. Then check with airport or Vandenberg (if out of the normal pattern) if you are curious or annoyed. Low flying is discouraged or against "rules" but you never know.

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