Helicopter Flying Above Claycord on Thursday Afternoon

November 7, 2013 16:31 pm · 30 comments

Many of you have been asking about a helicopter flying over Claycord on Thursday afternoon.

No major police action has occurred in Claycord today, which means it’s nothing police related.

It seems to mostly be flying over the Concord Naval Weapons Station, so it could have something to do with that property.

Dee November 7, 2013 at 4:38 PM

That is what I figure too. I was at my folks who live in Dana Estates this afternoon and heard it for a good 2 hours but it was pretty high up there.

Schmee November 7, 2013 at 5:14 PM

DA RAIDERS!!!!!

concord74 November 7, 2013 at 5:15 PM

P.G.&E. is probably doing prelim aerial surveillance when they will start work on the upgrade for the 230Kv lines running from Antioch to Moraga.

Belairium November 7, 2013 at 5:28 PM

I saw one flying around walnut creek near the northgate area around 9:30 this morning. Didn’t look like police chopper so I didn’t think much of it.

Anonymous November 7, 2013 at 5:36 PM

Looked like an army Huey

Hema November 7, 2013 at 5:43 PM

I saw it while hiking l. I was all alone and it scared me a little. They could have easily scooped me off! they were flying low.

Breni November 7, 2013 at 6:06 PM

Schmee heehee!

Mrs. T November 7, 2013 at 7:59 PM

Oh no another helicopter…. this is news!!!!! And this is why this is just a blog and nothing more 🙂

CLAYCORD.com November 7, 2013 at 10:06 PM

Nobody is claiming Claycord is more than a blog. This is a blog, and I’m happy it’s a blog. News like this is why Claycord has so many readers, because people want to know what’s going on, and we tell ’em, even if it is something little like a copter flying overhead.

It’s always fun hearing from you, Mrs. T.

Mayor

slagheap November 7, 2013 at 9:49 PM

go to the ” politics ” board, some of the nutters there can tell you whether it’s the agenda 23 one-world troopers w/blue helmets & jack boots, or if everything’s alright. y’know, i sleep better at night just knowing those nutters are on duty 24/7. whew, glad they’re there!

Wald November 7, 2013 at 10:08 PM

Yup, that was a helicopter all right.
Yup.

Cowellian November 7, 2013 at 10:14 PM

Just don’t call the Mayor a journalist!

CLAYCORD.com November 7, 2013 at 10:25 PM

Right on, Cowellian!

KAD November 7, 2013 at 10:19 PM

Thanks Mr Mayor for keeping us informed. This is our go to place to find out what is happening in our area. Knowing that there is no police activity in that area is a good thing.

CLAYCORD.com November 7, 2013 at 10:24 PM

Thanks for the nice words, KAD. 🙂

Hope you have a nice weekend.

Mayor

Pauline November 7, 2013 at 10:43 PM

Thank you mayor for keeping us informed. You are very much appreciated. 🙂

CLAYCORD.com November 7, 2013 at 10:44 PM

Thanks to you too, Pauline 🙂

Sgt Turdy November 7, 2013 at 11:01 PM

The Major’s dog got loose. Everybody can stand down now. We found him.

Concord Citizen November 7, 2013 at 11:21 PM

The helicopter flying over North and Central Concord on November 7, 2013 was indeed law enforcement: specifically, the United States Drug Enforcement Agency.

The helicopter is green on the top, and black on the bottom, with a remote controlled 360 degree high powered surveillance camera mounted below the fuselage directly beneath the feet of the front passenger seat.

The helicopter’s tail number is N540DB, a 1999 Eurocopter AS 350 B-2 Ecureuil. It (finally!) touched down for 30-45 minutes and refueled in Buchanan Field at approximately 4:15 pm. It is a DEA observation platform.

A similar mission was conducted in the same area last week, but at night. Observers will note that only a single red flashing beacon was illuminated, and the air ship was otherwise blacked out from underneath. The helicopter circled the same area as today, likely using FLIR to look for grow lights.

Cowellian November 8, 2013 at 8:11 AM

Sgt Turdy,
It is indeed a great story that starts with a happy ending.

Sgt. Turdy November 8, 2013 at 8:59 AM

It’s a small world Cowellian, I got that same fortune cookie a few days ago.

Dreamer November 8, 2013 at 11:00 AM

Thank you Mr. Mayor. Even if Mrs.T doesn’t care, there’s lots of us who do. Mrs.T needs to find a hobby and stop reading blogs she doesn’t approve of!

CLAYCORD.com November 8, 2013 at 11:06 AM

Thanks a lot, Dreamer. Very much appreciate the nice note and the support.

Mayor

Happ November 8, 2013 at 11:27 AM

I know for a fact that PG&E are checking all of their big lines using helicopters in both Contra Costa and Alameda Counties last month and this month. I got the email notification directly from them.

Breni November 8, 2013 at 2:44 PM

I appreciate Claycord.com and what the Mayor has done with it. Yeah, maybe sometimes i might being nosey, who isn’t. But I live here and I pay taxes. I have a right to know what’s going on, especially when it comes to my families safety. And we all know the sound of helicopters around here doesn’t usually mean the Candy Man is here. Thank you Mayor for doing what you do. Mra. T., when you have some punk running through your backyard and the helicopters are out looking for him, maybe you will appreciate Claycord.com more.

CLAYCORD.com November 8, 2013 at 10:15 PM

Hi Breni, I just saw your comment. Thanks so much for the nice note. I truly appreciate it.

Mayor

Ronndiee November 10, 2013 at 9:44 PM

are we sure it was drug enforcement? there have been a number of military planes and copters flying over the north concord area in the past few months. with the numbers and frequency increasing the past couple weeks. an awful lot of military action for a base that is closed. Don’t you all agree? maybe I have watched too many movies, but it gives me the creeps ( after all the recent un-truths told to us by our president etc. etc. I don’t feel as comfortable as I would have in the past when I hear things like military planes) sorry didn’t mean to stir up drama. Just concerned had to vent .have a great Monday everyone. good night

More obvious November 10, 2013 at 10:32 PM

Seems more plausible thst with the pending development projects that will be happening there soon these would surely be helicopters that are conducting surveys of the land. But I know, the conspiracy theories are more fun!

Concord Citizen November 11, 2013 at 12:26 AM

There is no conspiracy theory about that particular green and black helicopter hovering in circles above Concord on that particular day (7 Nov 2013). A simple google search of the tail ID number might be of interest to those who are curious enough.

This isn’t about plausibility. I didn’t get an email. I don’t know things for a fact unless I see them personally. I was standing 160 yards from that specific helicopter while it was being refueled, after having just landed from that particularly lengthy afternoon hovering over a relatively focused orbit around central and north Concord, which I also observed from start to finish.

I don’t doubt the previous claims that folks at PG&E check their lines, and/or that developers check their projects, but on this particular day, this particular aircraft was operated by the DEA, as it has been for years out of Buchanan Field and other airports in the bay area and on the west coast.

A google search of the tail ID can help you confirm this also, where you will find no shortage of photographs of this specific aircraft operating out of Concord and San Jose. Note that the federal government recently (2011) transferred registration of 15 Federal law enforcement helicopters out of the names of the Department of Justice, DEA, to an entity in Texas called the Chaparral Air Group.

Perhaps this will make it more difficult for crooks to figure out that the Feds are onto them as easy as googling the tail id. But then again, if they worked at the airport, they might still see for themselves that the mission and the operations were the same as they were during the years before, when the DEA was named registrant.

It matters not to me what folks chose to believe, but judging by the number of posts and comments on Claycord’s fb page, there seemed to be quite a bit of interest and simultaneous concern (and even irritation) at this specific helicopter on that specific day. In view of this, it seems in the best interest of the community to learn and understand what that particular helicopter was.

With that narrow and specific information made plain, now the speculation can begin as to why the DEA has an interest in flying over the Concord community, as opposed to say, Lafayette, Moraga, Alamo or Danville. Perhaps that is the discussion many would rather avoid?

Concord Citizen November 11, 2013 at 8:49 AM

There is no conspiracy theory about that particular green and black helicopter hovering in circles above Concord on that particular day (7 Nov 2013). A simple google search of the tail ID number might be of interest to those who are curious enough.

This isn’t about plausibility. I didn’t get an email. I don’t know things for a fact unless I see them personally. I was standing 160 yards from that specific helicopter while it was being refueled, after having just landed from that particularly lengthy afternoon hovering over a relatively focused orbit around central and north Concord, which I also observed from start to finish.

I don’t doubt the previous claims that folks at PG&E check their lines, and/or that developers check their projects, but on this particular day, this particular aircraft was operated by the DEA, as it has been for years out of Buchanan Field and other airports in the bay area and on the west coast.

A google search of the tail ID can help you confirm this also, where you will find no shortage of photographs of this specific aircraft operating out of Concord and San Jose. Note that the federal government recently (2011) transferred registration of 15 Federal law enforcement helicopters out of the names of the Department of Justice, DEA, to an entity in Texas called the Chaparral Air Group.

Perhaps this will make it more difficult for crooks to figure out that the Feds are onto them as easy as googling the tail id. But then again, if they worked at the airport, they might still see for themselves that the mission and the operations were the same as they were during the years before, when the DEA was named registrant.

It matters not to me what folks chose to believe, but judging by the number of posts and comments on Claycord’s fb page, there seemed to be quite a bit of interest and simultaneous concern (and even irritation) at this specific helicopter on that specific day. In view of this, it seems in the best interest of the community to learn and understand what that particular helicopter was.

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