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.

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.

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.

“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.”

Comments (15)
  1. MIKE says:


  2. M. Freydig says:

    Big Brother is spying on you!

  3. ItsOva says:

    “Do not Panic”

    Prepare sheeple, the worst is yet to come.

    Our constitution and bill of rights are slowly being removed with legislations like SOPA, PIPA, ACTA, NDAA and gov’t coverups like Fast and Furious which was intended to pass legislation targeting our rights to bare arms.

  4. Normal says:

    You people are all dumb dumbs. Don’t look so deep into everything that happens, most of the time things are as they appear. Military doing training…not big brother spying on you. Do you really think your life is so exciting that the goverment care to spend money on watching you. If you believe that you have issues.

  5. Greg says:

    I wonder who’s great idea it was to “train” over one of the most heavily populated cities in the US.

  6. smanonymous says:

    You need to think about this, and be careful. This is just on the heels of SOPA/PIPA being defeated and people pulling out of signing ACTA. Coincidence? I don’t think so.

  7. mauricio says:

    this is just the beginning later will be concentration camps., they will search inside of your house without permit or court order and many more thing coming ., people who elect to leave the usa they will do it whether people can afford to do it will stay

  8. luwhat says:

    it’s funny how freaked out they get over u.f.o activity

  9. doingyourmom says:

    Stupid tin foil hats losers posting ignorant comments and talking garbage about sopa/pipa and all the other garbage.

  10. John Doe says:

    Ok, so, if they are training for urban maneuverability, what urban area is their objective and for what purpose?

    And, “doing your mom” go back to doing your mom like that trailer park rapist, or watching TV or drinking beer — whatever it is you do – and stay out of the way, please. Those of us who have done our research will take care of it for you.

    “It’s all right. There’s nothing happening here. You can all go home now…or else”

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