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Yes, four of those weird helicopters just flew over Boston

Four Ospreys over Boston

Aegon Targaryen VI videoed the flight of the V-22 Ospreys down and over the Charles shortly after 11 a.m.

They came from the north, like New Hampshire maybe.

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Pretty sure if Adam was around to see the first type of helicopter flying he would've referred to it as "one of those weird new aeroplanes"

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No, I'd probably call them "baby wheels," referencing a joke so old that only a few people still got it.

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Not a helicopter, it's a tiltrotor.

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When they came overhead here (02131) they sounded low. I knew it was either an Osprey or a Chinook. Too loud for the garden variety of chopper that goes over a few times a day.

I'll have to tune in to 311 to see the complaints. Usually humorous to read.

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They've been running these things for years, I have seen them on the ground and in the air many times, and I still refuse to believe that they work. Just so silly looking.

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The T has more accidents than these machines do.

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When a V-22 has an accident, usually everybody on it dies. Less importantly, they cost over $70 million each.

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What is it supposed to be celebrating? I understand flyovers for July 4 and for Red Sox Opening Day, but I know of nothing special that happens on August 8.

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It's International Cat Day! (https://nationaltoday.com/international-cat-day/)

;)

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They weren't celebrating the anniversary of the Dave Matthews Band emptying their tour bus' septic tank onto a boat in the Chicago River (8/8/2004).

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what kinds of jokes Dave Matthews Band haters were telling about that.

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..... there's stool in the waaater..

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Maybe they were, you know, just flying.

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i assume just training in case events in eastern europe heat up.

the military arent using million dollar flying machines as something kool to look at during a bar-b-que (they were actually built for a purpose).

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These will never be put to good use. It’s just a way to funnel taxpayer money into the hands of the billionaires who run the military industrial complex.

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The military is more than happy to use million dollar flying machines as something kool to look at and has been for years.

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is my guess. Once the Orange and Green Lines shut down thing are going to be wild.

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Or looking for cones?

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Why in the world do people glamorize this kind of thing so much? Beats me.

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I know, your tax dollars at work, blah blah blah.

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you'd be pretty excited if they made it, too.

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They came down from at least Maine--we saw them as we were driving through Portland this morning.

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Embarrassing, almost taunting waste of money. Come back with your little flyover once we have a transit system that minimally works and people aren't dying on our streets anymore.

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We're told all day by Democrats and Republicans what we can't do to make life better for our neighbors. But somehow there's always money for these hugely expensive little toy displays.

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I do not believe this was part of a display

Some of us enjoy the novelty of something exciting

One of the reasons why they get the oks for these flyovers is that pilots need X number of hours of flight time every year. Many of these shows double as training runs for these pilots in the event they need to protect you from jets from other countries. We are paying the bill to buy these crafts and pay these pilots, I like that I have an option to occasionally see them live to see what I bought.

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so it's better that I got to see the spectacle the bonfire made, right?

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Canada?

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It is cute how you think that in a connected world like the one we live in that the only threat to American soil are the Canadians and the Mexicans.

Even if someone is completely against America having a global footprint it would still be important to maintain some level of tactical defense. We live in a world over run by the fingerprints of colonialism. Do you think people simply leave us alone because it is inconvenient?

Up until WWI we were actively thinking about invading Canada and Canada was secretly planning how to repel us. I know a hundred years ago seems like forever but it is not. That was with fairly low tech mechanical equipment too.

You may recall that assuming we were safe because of distance allowed Pearl Harbor to happen. Sure we are very good friends with the country of Japan now but at the time they managed to sucker punch us.

I don't know about you but after 911 I felt some relief that we managed to get defense aircraft up in the sky so quickly despite having no real reason to be ready to go. Weird huh, that we had all these aircraft and people who could fly them just laying around.

Are you the person who waits until the power to go out to try to order a flashlight from amazon prime hoping it will come in the mail in two days with free shipping?

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They've been plotting for decades to invade to make us put the Queen on our money and to force the metric system upon us!!

/s

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Bring it on.

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Just maybe, these helicopters are actually flying to an actual destination for a logical or logistical reason. These things don't always take flight just for some "hugely expensive little toy displays."

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Let the Libertarianism flow through you.

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People who hate the cops are also the first to blame them when something happens and there isn't a squad car Right There. I hope we never need the armed forces but imagine the crying from the "why spend the money on this" crowd if we ever do.

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Where were they on 9/11? And why did they attack Iraq after for no good reason? The American military is the biggest waste of resources in world history. They haven’t fought in a war worth fighting in 75 years.

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Where were they on 9/11?

How is a helicopter of any kind going to intercept a fully loaded passenger aircraft?

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Wouldn't that be bike lanes?

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Aren't you the dame person who gripes that there isn't a cop at every street corner to give out tickets for red light runners?

And where where they on 9/11? The Air Force scrambled to make sure the skies were safe. The problem was that the hijacked jets were on final approach by the time they were airborne.

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"The problem was that the hijacked jets were on final approach by the time they were airborne."

On 9/11 there was a distinct possibility that had the hijacked flight 93 on its way to DC not been forced into a crash in PA by the rebelling passengers that the US military would have had no choice but to shoot down a civilian airliner.

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The only 2 jets that were capable of intercepting Flight 93 were unarmed. The pilots would have had to crash into the plane:

Lt. Col. Marc Sasseville, F-16 pilot, U.S. Air Force: As we’re going out to the jets, Lucky and I had a quick conversation about what it is that we were going to do and how we were basically going to do the unthinkable if we had to.

Lt. Heather “Lucky” Penney: We would be ramming the aircraft. We didn’t have [missiles] on board to shoot the airplane down. As we were putting on our flight gear in the life support shop, Sass looked at me and said, “I’ll ram the cockpit.” I made the decision I would take the tail off the aircraft.

Lt. Col. Marc Sasseville: We didn’t have a whole lot of options.

https://www.politico.com/magazine/story/2019/09/05/911-oral-history-flig...

BTW, just finished the author's history of Watergate and would recommend it.

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Thanks for the correction

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BTW, just finished the author's history of Watergate and would recommend it.

Thanks for the rec - this looks like a very good read.

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Ospreys became operational in 2007.

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they'll continue insisting that they're absolutely necessary despite the fact that we're spending way more money on it than other countries while getting worse results.

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You don't go to the right bars.
You can see them when you don't need them, and when they don't need you.

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Before you ALL get your comments on here, one of the tweet replies says this is the tracking of them: https://globe.adsbexchange.com/?icao=ae5931

I'm going to take a guess that a flight of 4 from Maine to Pennsylvania is not some ball game flyover but either repositioning of the aircraft to a different base or training flights. The military trains every day, and we're in the middle of the summer when many National Guard and Reserve units do their 2-week annual training.

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Why did they fly so low, and directly over the center of Boston?

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You’re right, we spent about a week training in Portland, Maine on a squadron detachment and then flew back home yesterday. The routes flown are ALL FAA legal helicopter routes and we had ATC approval the entire time. I love my job and this aircraft. Despite its bad rep, it’s very safe, and I never feel in danger when I walk out to fly. I hope some enjoyed seeing us. I know she’s loud, but I promise you, we won’t let her damage anything or anyone.

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the u.s. military considers these a vertical take off airplane as opposed to a helicopter.

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Isn't it beautiful?

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The millions of children who will go to bed hungry tonight must be so happy they got to see obnoxiously loud helicopters for a couple seconds.

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If the didn't live here they wouldn't even have a bed to go to...

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I saw one of these fly fairly low over our cottage in South Bristol, Maine around 8:30 am on Monday morning. Then when I was out kayaking on the Damariscotta River another flew directly over me. I was able to get a couple of pics. Both were heading in a southwesterly direction. Perhaps they took off from Owl’s Head Airport near Rockland?

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