LOS ANGELES (CBS) — Military helicopters will be flying high and dipping low above the skies of Los Angeles Thursday as part of a special operations training program.
Sky2 captured dramatic maneuvers Wednesday night as a Blackhawk helicopter and four other OH-6 helicopters – or “little birds” – flew over the city.READ MORE: Driver Killed, 5 Injured In El Monte Shooting, Crash
The Blackhawk hovered over the U.S. Bank building before it made a practice drop-off at a nearby park.
At one point, our cameras captured a soldier sitting with his legs dangling outside a chopper.READ MORE: George Holliday, Man Who Videotaped Rodney King Beating, Dies Of COVID
Throughout the exercise, the five rotorcrafts were staged at Dodger Stadium.
The LAPD says the purpose of the training is, in part, to ensure the military’s ability to operate in urban environments.
Chief Warrant Officer David Duran was a U.S. Army aviator for 12 years. He now flies Blackhawk helicopters for the National Guard in California. Duran says the training could be a dry run for a future mission.MORE NEWS: Two Doses Of Johnson & Johnson Vaccine Offers 94% Protection Against COVID, Study Finds
“They do a lot of mockup training,” Duran said. “But it’s always best to get the closest terrain layout to what the objective is.”