It has been less than a week since, over the course of several hours, no less than three UH-60 helicopters flew directly overhead not more than several hundred feet above. That is to say that they where so overhead that only the bottom of a side insignia was visible. At that, there was only the bottom of a white circle to be seen.
This is new to the Island, except in the times that the Executive comes to vacation. These where among the many variants of this helicopter. It had no side windows; a windshield was the only vision port. They did not have the ever more common surveillance globe below.
More than 2,000 UH-60 Black Hawk helicopter variants are in service with the US Military and more than 600 exported. They are manufactured at the Sikorsky Aircraft Corporation production facilities based in Stratford, Connecticut, USA. That is close to here and may be the reason for their presence.
However, with Jade Helm 15 and the many other cooperative training operations underway across the U.S., this was note worthy.
The new UH-60M features a new wide chord composite spar main rotor blades, strengthened fuselage, and advanced infrared suppression.
The fly-by-wire glass cockpit has a digitized 1553 bus-based avionics suite with four Rockwell Collins multi-function displays, four-axis fully-coupled autopilot, two Canadian Marconi -CMC -electronic flight management systems, dual Honeywell embedded GPS inertial -EGI -navigation system, digital moving map and Goodrich integrated vehicle health management system.
image credit open source -As of this time no images have surfaced of this operation here.
The above image shows optical orb on its lower lefthand side. This was not viable from below as it was on the opposite side and the fly over was so low. It may be that they where so equipped.
Now, forward to the 20th May 2015… This is an image captured by a bird enthusiast of this E-2D Advanced Hawkeye, the newest variant of the E-2 aircraft platform.
The U.S. Air Force/Navy insignia on the wing. Research has not revealed an image of the platform thus painted.
Quote: The E-2D Advanced Hawkeye is the newest variant of the E-2 aircraft platform. It features a state-of-the-art radar and upgraded aircraft systems that improve supportability and increase readiness. The E-2D Advanced Hawkeye joins the F/A-18 and EA-18G Growler to comprise the future carrier flight deck, continuing the Navy’s integrated warfighting legacy. The E2D provides command and control capability to coordinate multiple missions, including air warfare, strike warfare, surface warfare and search and rescue operations. Acting as a “digital quarterback,” the E-2D scans the environment with its onboard sensors and processes this data with its tactical mission computer. It distributes the tactical picture to command centers and other assets through onboard communication subsystems. End Quote…
So, the real question is; why is this banking overhead, above a 27 square mile Island, out in the Atlantic Ocean?
Just in… Found this image with the same 603 on the wing, it has Navy on the hull with USS Enterprise above.
Here is another open source image of one of the variations in production for here and international sales… ?…
The USS Enterprise has been assigned to the scrapyard. Engineers are de-fueling the carrier and removing its reactors, a first for ship de-commissioning. The USS Enterprise was the first-ever aircraft carrier to be nuclear-powered. It was docked in 2012.
This is what is listed in The National Deployment map for 2015 Flight Schedule. i.e. exercises. These date Boston being listed for exercises on the 29th through 31st May 2015.
Above is the Link to get to the interactive map and check locations. You should click on the white star to see the dates of operations. Hints: Red/Threat zone -White star -Jade Helm 15…
Given Massachusetts’ history as a BETA Testing ground, it could be that these are being brought in to staging areas. ?
If/as more comes to pass, this will be updated.
otterwalks: 21st May 2015