Yesterday (October 13 2009) I heard a loud helicopter coming from the West like usual in my
neighborhood being somewhat close to the
Los Alamitos Base
we see all kinds of things "training" in the area not
to mention the presence of our well funded police department. I didn't think much of it at 1st but it was taking a long time to pass on the usual
military route, still didn't give it much thought. About 10 minutes or so went by and I went out side and noticed this large helicopter almost
hovering over the neighborhood here. It was a a Bell 204/205
of some kind and I know those are
used by everyone (save the military for the most part), so I thought it might even be a commercial heli but I noticed it had a camera or light mounted
on the side and I knew it wasn't one of the local PD or Sheriff's vehicles. So I decided to get my cameras out and take a closer look.
Using a DSLR and a 300MM lens I was able to get pretty up close and personal, especially since it was moving very slowly. So slow in fact I had time
to take many pics and even video tape it at two different times. I noticed that it seemed to be combing this area very slowly in an controlled
pattern. It actually stayed in the area doing it's thing for almost an entire hour making linear passes slowly around a fairly tight parameter.
Below are the pictures of the helicopter, it appears to have some kind of equipment mounted to it's side, and no distinguishable markings (IE, NAVY,
ARMY, Air Force, Police, etc). It appears there might be ID numbers on the tail like most helis but unfortunately I was unable to get a good enough
picture to make out any characters.
So any guesses? Including what that equipment might be?
Here is a very short sample of some of the usual suspects around here, as you can see, it's not any of them:
The old Anaheim PD helicopter:
One of the new Anaheim PD helis:
One of the OC sheriff helis:
Coast Guard Dolphins:
[edit on 15-10-2009 by Shakesbeer]