The skies over Los Angeles have turned decidedly unfriendly. Various outlets that watch aviation comings and goings have noticed something particularly “spooky” going on. A trio of suspiciously dark helicopters have been circling the city. Everything about them raises questions and this rabbit hole just keeps going deeper. The bottom may never be found.
Bell 407 helicopters
Those in the know hear the phrase “Bell 407” and say, “oooh super sexy!” They’re like sighting a Lamborghini. Skywatcher Chris Shaw spotted three of the nifty helicopters flying into Hollywood Burbank Airport, near Los Angeles, California, on Tuesday, January 12.
Instantly the aviation community started chattering about the spookiness of it all. A while later, gassed up and ready to go, Scott Lowe caught a glimpse of two of them flying back out. One group noted, “This is unlike anything we at The War Zone are familiar with, the sightings immediately caught our attention.”
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The first thing that caught the attention of the experts is the fact that the tail numbers are so darn hard to read. Painted in black on a dark gray background. Unmistakable is the high tech array of sensors bristling from the fuselage. The helicopters are “covered in antennas that one might expect to see on examples in use by military or law enforcement units.”
From what can be seen, “these helicopters each have an ‘egg-beater’ or ‘O Wing’ type UHF satellite communications antenna on their tail booms.” Not only that, they have “a pair of prominent blade-type antennas that are located ventrally under the fuselage, which are generally associated with high-frequency radios and other communications systems along with other smaller antennas that are also visible under the rear fuselage.”
Nobody knows who is operating these mysterious choppers, or why, but there are some interesting clues. These particular three helicopters have a fascinating “Chopperfax Report.” They started life with the intention to ship them to Iraq. If they ever were, which isn’t clear, then now they are back.
At least it seems that way. ADS-B Exchange has identified the helicopters, via military-type transponders, as having “callsigns” that may be serial numbers – 121141, 121142, and 121143. The Pentagon assigned “serials 12-1141, 12-1142, and 12-1143, to a trio of Bell 407 helicopters prior to their delivery to Iraq.” The pundits say “it’s not clear if those helicopters were the ones with these particular serials, but it seems very likely.”
Secretive military aviation unit
Soon after the civil unrest in Washington, D.C. on Wednesday, January 6, the trio of of choppers took off from “somewhere on the central east coast.” Publicly available tracking software indicates “these helicopters had flown all the way across the country, starting their trip over the weekend or late last week.”
They have a short range so hopped their way across the country, making “multiple stops along the way, including at Addington Field/Elizabethtown Regional Airport in Kentucky, Albuquerque International Sunport in New Mexico, Flagstaff Pulliam Airport in Arizona, and Lake Havasu City Airport in Arizona, before arriving in Burbank.”
Took much better photos of 2 of the mysterious military Bell 407s moments ago (121143 & 121141). I have a hunch they may belong to FCD, but don't really know as they have barely visible serial numbers and no unit markings. Very unusual! https://t.co/Mq9V8Vz9P8 pic.twitter.com/yYk6WupgNs
— Scott Lowe (@tropicostation) January 13, 2021
From communications with the tower at KBUR, it’s been confirmed that all three used the same callsign “Mike 01.” It’s typical for military, especially Army Special Operations force units to do it that way.
The experts speculate that there is a possibility that these particular helicopters “could belong to one of the U.S. military’s most shy aviation units, a U.S. Army element known today as the Aviation Technology Office.” ATO used to be called the “Flight Concepts Division” and has “deep ties to the Central Intelligence Agency.”
ATO “provides highly specialized and discreet aviation capabilities in support of covert and clandestine special operations missions.” Apparently, they’re now working on domestic spy missions. The helicopter tracks show even more interesting things. They lead away from “the general direction of Fort Bragg.”
The North Carolina installation is “an epicenter of U.S. military special operations forces activity, including the secretive Joint Special Operations Command.” Coincidentally, Army psychological warfare Captain Emily Rainey, stationed at Fort Bragg, bused 100 of her friends to the riot in DC last week.
The insiders “know that Bell 407s are directly associated with ATO/FCD, we really don’t know with absolute certainty that the unit, or their Agency associates, are operating the mystery helicopters that have been spotted around Los Angeles, although the evidence strongly points to it.”