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Help identify object on belly of So-Cal Helo

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posted on Sep, 13 2011 @ 04:43 AM
I'm back in my home state of California and was visiting family in Culver City, CA while at the 1600 block of S. Wooster St. on Sunday 9/11/11 I heard some very low helos buzzing the neighborhood. Despite being in southern California I still found there persistence and altitude to be odd so I headed out to have a look-see. I expected them to be police helos searching the area, but they were were civilian/commercial with a white/yellow/red color scheme. The main helo caught my eye it had a metallic rectangular object attached to the belly of the air-frame above the skids. Which looked out of place to me, my initial hunch being that it was the tenth anniversary of the 9/11 attack that it might be some kind of radiation detection device, especially with how thoroughly and methodically they were scanning the neighborhood and surrounding area.

I was hoping that one of the resident aviation gurus might be able to identify what the rectangular object is. Sadly I did not have my trusty SLR so I hope the resolution of my camera phone will cut it.

Any ideas?

Thanks in advance and I apologize for the long winded post.

posted on Sep, 13 2011 @ 05:01 AM
luggage box?

similar thing here

im not a helicopter expert though so its just a guess!
edit on 13/9/11 by Versa because: (no reason given)

posted on Sep, 13 2011 @ 05:13 AM
the previous post seems pretty legit so I have to go with that. I have a buddie in the Marine Corps and another in the Army who both do work on choppers and aircraft. I will see if I can get them to take a look and give some advice.

posted on Sep, 13 2011 @ 05:16 AM
It's the time of year for water dropping helicopters.
Maybe that's what we're looking at.

posted on Sep, 13 2011 @ 05:22 AM
I believe so.
Firefighting Helicopter

posted on Sep, 13 2011 @ 01:59 PM
reply to post by BigDave-AR

Don't know if this helps, but this is what we had flying overhead a few weeks ago.

posted on Sep, 13 2011 @ 02:51 PM
That is without a doubt a water tank. I'm 100% on that. I've seen several.

Here is the helicopter you saw, for a closer perspective:

alternatively, here is one that is very similar:

edit on 13-9-2011 by allenidaho because: added photo

posted on Sep, 16 2011 @ 06:34 PM
It is a water tank. I just came across this youtube video. watch the helecopter in the beginning. looks almost identical to the one in the pic. It is a LA county fire firefighting chopper.

check here as well
edit on 16/9/2011 by JROCK2527 because: add another link

posted on Sep, 16 2011 @ 06:52 PM
the 0:53 mark here

posted on Sep, 18 2011 @ 09:43 PM
LA COUNTY FIRE HELIATTACK SQUADRON 16 out of chilao in the angeles national forest!

posted on Sep, 18 2011 @ 09:46 PM
reply to post by PresumedInnocent

I was going to start a thread on this bastard! Buzzed my place every day a few times waking me up. Thought it was WW3 and ran to grab the AR lol. Thank you SO much for that one!

posted on Oct, 2 2011 @ 06:54 PM
reply to post by BigDave-AR

Whatever it is, the helicopter is a Bell/Huey 412...larger, suped up version of the original Huey. An additional engine and additional rotor blade.

posted on Feb, 9 2012 @ 06:25 AM
I actually forgot that I posted this and never checked it out again
not sure what was wrong with me on this one.

I do appreciate all that answers and wish I would of thanked you all sooner.

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