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Originally posted by gravykraken
alphabet agencies use them pretty regular.
DoD, ATF, FBI, CIA, NSA, DEA, US ARMY, JSOC... all have been known to use unmarked (subdued) black helos.
so it isn't necessarily the MIB.
Originally posted by hotbakedtater
Are normal helicopters sometimes painted black?
Originally posted by firepilot
Would some of you feel better if helicopters were painted pink or rainbow colors?
It seems to be a general consensus that any helicopter darker than ambient sky is automatically "black".
Originally posted by Brother Stormhammer
reply to post by hotbakedtater
Given that you're within a couple hours driving time of Fort Campbell, I'd bet that your particular "black helicopters" were OH-6 Cayuse scouts attached to the 101st Airborne.
OH-6 Displayed at Pima Air and Space Museum
What they were probably doing in your area was a training flight...pilots have to log a certain number of hours per month to retain proficiency. As for normal helicopters being black, civilian ones come in just about every imaginable color, but the US Army favors a dark green that can easily be mistaken for black under low light (or, paradoxically, intense light) conditions.
[edited to remove a link that wouldn't show correctly]
[edit on 13-8-2009 by Brother Stormhammer]