‘Blackhawks Over Boston’ – Why Are US Military Helicopters Flying There?

Hear some more noise than usual from above today? There was a trio of Black Hawk helicopters conducting training over Boston. They'll be training in the area through October 29. Our Sky25 captured this great video as they flew over the city on Thursday. / screenshot by Boston 25 News via Twitter

HOMELAND SECURITY – A local Boston TV News helicopter caught sight of several low flying U.S. Army Blackhawk helicopters over the Charles River. Sky 25, which is the helicopter used by Boston 25 News, caught this scene on Thursday over the Charles River as Sky 25 was getting video of rowers preparing for the Head of the Charles regatta this weekend.

The helicopters were circling the area, with crew members sitting with their legs outside the open doors.

See video

According to WBZ News Radio: “State Police told WBZ NewsRadio that they were not involved with the helicopters, and the Coast Guard told the station that they had no missions with helicopters running in the Dedham area last night. Similar word came from the U.S. Navy and National Guard.

However, Boston 25 News reported that:

The mayor’s office tells Boston 25 News that the Department of Defense is “conducting training involving aviation assets in the Boston area, from October 18 – 29.”

The mayor’s office went on to say “…citizens in the local area may experience higher-than-normal levels of aircraft noise during this time. This training has been fully coordinated with local government officials.”

We were also told extensive safety precautions are in place to protect the service members and local citizens, “to limit inconvenience to the communities.”

No explanation yet from the Pentagon as to what this ongoing training “involving aviation assets” in Boston actually entails. ADN

Paul Crespo is the Managing Editor of American Defense News. A defense and national security expert, he served as a Marine Corps officer and as a military attaché with the Defense Intelligence Agency (DIA) at US embassies worldwide. Paul holds degrees from Georgetown, London, and Cambridge Universities. He is also CEO of SPECTRE Global Risk, a security advisory firm, and President of the Center for American Defense Studies, a national security think tank.

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robert powell
robert powell
1 month ago

mayhems pelousy is flexing her marshal law mussels,[fishey types].

bill knight
bill knight
1 month ago

Special Forces MH-60Ms Ranger or Seal training going on. Didn’t see any swim fins so I’m going for Ranger Lead the Way!


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