Downtown Minneapolis invaded by Black Hawk helicopters [PHOTOS]

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Dan Janal on Twitter
"Why are military helicopters flying over Target Field and Minneapolis?"
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At the Twins game last night, Black Hawk helicopters created quite the buzz, both literally and figuratively.

The Twins' 1-0 loss wasn't exactly thrilling, but fans were able to distract themselves by watching choppers maneuver in between skyscrapers and hover over rooftops as if they were dropping off troops trying to repel an invasion from St. Paul or something. Meanwhile, some folks who hadn't paid attention to the news yesterday speculated about worst-case scenarios, including terrorism or a hostage situation.

It was just a training exercise, folks, albeit one with a disturbing police-state feel to it. No need to go home and batten down the hatches, at least not yet.

Anyway, numerous images of the training exercise are circulating around social media this morning. Here's a few of the most compelling:

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Tyler Mason on Twitter
"Two military-looking helicopters just flew oddly close to the skyscrapers downtown Minneapolis."


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Courtney Podvin on Facebook
"Three Apache helicopters keep circling dt Minneapolis. I hope this is some routine training exercise....."


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bigboxcar on Instagram
"Four helicopters flew by in the sky just now. Huh. #Minneapolis"
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Sean Cahill
Sean Cahill

flew right over my apartment in Lowertown StP a few times.. LOUD as all hell.

pmcomeau
pmcomeau

- webcelt - I think the oddness was they were over roof tops, not just flying by. Also in my meager memory going back to late 80s when I moved here. I don't recall any helicopter training exercises before. More common craft out of the MSP airport are large transports and the occasional fighter or two  (or more if a missing man formation is in use that day.) But I've rarely see military helicopters. So it was a bit novel.

webcelt
webcelt

Maybe living near Ft. Snelling warps my perspective a bit, but what's so weird about military aircraft flying around? They fly, they have to train, so? Maybe some people have seen too many movies where the training exercise is a cover for fighting off the alien invasion or something, but maybe the reason it's such a plausible cover is that they actually do have to train. So unless someone thinks Obama has them practicing to snatch conservatives from skyscrapers to haul them off to the FEMA camps, I don't see the threat.

 

Actually, about Obama hauling his opponents away after he wins reelection, wouldn't it make more sense to haul them away BEFORE they get to vote?

Andrew McIlree
Andrew McIlree

a DEVGRU team fast roped onto the Dubliner patio and drank my beer at gunpoint.

Aaron Biggar
Aaron Biggar

Yes.... Actually made the Twins game interesting.

Aaron Biggar
Aaron Biggar

Yes.... Actually made the Twins game interesting.

MarcelloErnetti
MarcelloErnetti

I don't recall such training exercises ever happening before, why now?

Tasha Ozga
Tasha Ozga

I saw about 10 helicopters fly over my house. I thought it was a interesting site to see & my kids were pretty amazed.

Mark Samuelson
Mark Samuelson

This is why we need wide distribution of some way of accurately launching poop a few hundred feet up into the air.

Richard Neuwirth
Richard Neuwirth

I thought they were just delivering some Politicians to the State Fair.

Scott Sigety
Scott Sigety

I saw these in downtown Saint Paul as well. I assumed they had taken off from the Saint Paul Airport.

Scott Sigety
Scott Sigety

I saw these in downtown Saint Paul as well. I assumed they had taken off from the Saint Paul Airport.

Bob Alberti
Bob Alberti

Nothing to see here! Nothing to see! It's just a routine training exercise! They weren't escorting camouflaged prototype surveillance drones on a test run! Just go back to what you were doing and please wash your bedroom windows, they're filthy.

Allen Brandt
Allen Brandt

Nah. I had some angry drunk guy because I didn't tell him RIGHT AWAY where we are. I'm sorry, I don't understand blithering rambles.

A1batross
A1batross

Nothing to see here! Nothing to see! It's just a routine training exercise! They weren't escorting camouflaged prototype surveillance drones on a test run! Just go back to what you were doing and please wash your windows, they're filthy.

NoHopeForHumanity
NoHopeForHumanity

 @pmcomeau A bit odd, maybe, but they need to train for urban environments too. Better have trained specialists then first timers crashing into random buildings in dicier situations.

 

These training scenarios have been announced for awhile, just not the specifics. Presumably because there are a few nutjobs out there that might get the bright idea to steal a helicopter or worse if the particulars were released.

 

Don't let Rupar's shotty reporting feed undeserved paranoia, our society already has plenty of that.

NoHopeForHumanity
NoHopeForHumanity

 @MarcelloErnetti Because it's not possible for everything to stay exactly the same forever... you couldn't complain on the internet twenty years ago, why now?

pmcomeau
pmcomeau

 @NoHopeForHumanity  @pmcomeau No paranoia here, just trying to point out that military helicopters are not the norm (just rarely see them around here.)

 

No problem with them conducting exercises either, though I don't recall any prior notification. On the other hand I don't work in downtown Minneapolis, so it might not have been a broadly distributed notification and no issues with that.

 

So no paranoia here just curiosity on how my tax dollars are being used.

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