PICS: Chinook Helicopters Over Claycord on Saturday Evening

April 26, 2014 23:08 pm · 54 comments




Just before 6pm on Saturday, three chinook helicopters flew over Claycord. No word yet on why they were here, but they apparently took off from Buchanan Field in Concord and headed southeast.

Did anybody out there see them?

Thanks to Deena for the top picture, J for the one in the middle and Mike for the one on the bottom!

Tete April 26, 2014 at 11:20 PM

Yesterday we were up in anchor bay and they flew over there at about 7p.m.

Eric April 26, 2014 at 11:24 PM

Heard a thundering sound, went outside and they flew right over our house, near Highlands Park. They were in a tryangle formation and flew really low, it was an awesome sight.

Bob April 26, 2014 at 11:26 PM

They went right over my house while I was in my back yard. cH 46. W refueling probes. 3 of them, with st least one having rear door open.

Katie April 26, 2014 at 11:29 PM

I saw them, too. I wondered why three military helicopters were taking off from Buchanan Field. Now I’m even more curious what they were doing.

Dave April 26, 2014 at 11:34 PM

They have actually been at the airport since late friday night around 8 or 9 flew right over my house in a staggered formation.From my house I have full view of the airport and they were doing alot of what looked kike safety checks.hmmm wonder what was up.

Maria April 26, 2014 at 11:56 PM

Flew right over our house in Clayton. We were out back doing yard work and saw them. Very cool to see. Really curious as to why they were here.

Bill April 27, 2014 at 12:10 AM

National Guard practice invasion to take your guns, junk food and force you to enroll in Obamacare. Stand with your domestic partner to resist this government takeover. Your right to an abortion and free government services hang in the balance. Look it up, I found this information on the google machine! It never lies!

Cat Wrangler April 27, 2014 at 12:21 AM

Jack Ryan and John Clark piloting two – but who is piloting the third?

J April 27, 2014 at 12:34 AM

Yup, right over the house near Treat & Cowell. Very loud.

Nick April 27, 2014 at 12:42 AM

I do security at Sun Valley Mall and I saw them fly over the mall at around the same time. It scared the crap out of me, I thought we were being invaded. A friend of mine said that it’s Coast Guard appreciation week or something along those lines in San Francisco. It might have been because of that.

Tony Nichols April 27, 2014 at 1:16 AM

only one reason ch-n46’s fly where did they come from? they were flying below radar detectiion. which Seal Team was on board? Thats not a good sight. my guess is they securing nuclear materials at Berkely and then Livermore. then its a direct shot to Idaho thats where we store fuel rods. Thats what happens when Defcon is set to 4 not the colors Bush invented. The issue with russia poses the possibility of an invasion of US soil. Things need to be secured til the Defcon rating is lowered. Wow why didnt we see these things in 2001? There are pretend threats and then there is the threat of war with Russia. Its no joke.

who? April 27, 2014 at 1:44 AM

Martial law, , Prepping the public.

Rachel April 27, 2014 at 6:00 AM

I felt them. Came outa no where, then all of a sudden my entire house was shaking/rattling! It felt like they where going to land on my roof!

Flew over Clayton toward Livermore April 27, 2014 at 6:09 AM

Whenever I hear a helicopter overhead here by Mitchell Canyon, I look to see whether they are rescuing someone from Mt. Diablo. As soon as I got a look at them, that thought left my mind…it looked like they were headed toward Livermore…they flew down the direction of Marsh Creek Rd.

Road King Terry April 27, 2014 at 6:27 AM

Fox Mulder maybe?

Just like... April 27, 2014 at 7:20 AM

our brains, if you don’t use them, they atrophy.
Safety checks, I hope so, otherwise they have
been known to fall from the sky.

Maverick April 27, 2014 at 7:43 AM

Talk to me, Goose!!

Rick April 27, 2014 at 8:15 AM

Now, Bill, just relax, sit in your chair in the corner by the window, and chew your gum. Everything’s going to be alright. Trust me.

So where else? April 27, 2014 at 9:16 AM

Let’s see. Military. Soldiers. Where do soldiers come from? Citizens! Helicopters. Who makes them? Americans! Training. Training flights. Where? In the airspace! Where is the airspace? LOOK UP Chicken Little!

J April 27, 2014 at 9:22 AM

Saw them fly over us in Bodega Bay, came from the water and flew East

J April 27, 2014 at 9:23 AM

That’s was Thursday night though.

Suggestion April 27, 2014 at 9:26 AM

@Bill #7
Did you really like what you posted on here? Or was it hard hiding behind the white robes and speaking like Billy Graham?
I wish all you “conservatives” would just come out of your racist closets and be done with it. Maybe you could get a “gay” person to help you, they’re very strong in case you didn’t know.

Gloria April 27, 2014 at 9:27 AM

I saw them when I was working in my yard. I was waving at them.

What Security April 27, 2014 at 9:50 AM

The US was training Russian pilots. King Obama approved it.
Check Fox news for the most accurate information in America(wink)

Thanh Ha April 27, 2014 at 10:06 AM

Uncle Minh still hiding under house.

Savageasflux April 27, 2014 at 10:09 AM
mutts April 27, 2014 at 10:09 AM

You’re in a fog, Rick. Everything isn’t alright even now.

Kirkwood April 27, 2014 at 10:15 AM

Probably a Guard weekend.

Mr. Putin April 27, 2014 at 10:21 AM

Concord called me regarding annexing Clayton. I said 3 choppers would be plenty to take, I mean make some new Concord comrades.
All the Best,


From Pacheco April 27, 2014 at 10:23 AM

I heard them fly in and land late Friday night so low over the refinery I was wondering what was going on!

La Ducha April 27, 2014 at 10:28 AM

Now you know what it is like with the fartbass in the Monument area. Windows and walls shaking, politely ask to turn down and you will be met with violent reprisals.

PermanentVacationWithNsps April 27, 2014 at 10:30 AM

And, someone said there
aren’t black helicopters! I
didn’t see them, I heard them.
For some reason I don’t
understand, when they do
come over the fly directly
over my house verrrry low.
The whole house shakes
and the windows rattle. China
rattles in the cupboards. Worse
than any earthquake we’ve had.
I really don’t appreciate it.
It’s only a matter of time
until the windows are
unseated in the frames
and begin to leak. It’s an
old house.

PermanentVacationWithNsps April 27, 2014 at 10:38 AM

And, don’t tell me to calm down.
Things like this keep my PTSD
in full swing. I need peace and
quiet. I’m on vacation for a

twilight April 27, 2014 at 10:43 AM

Flew right over us in Clayton. Sure looked like they meant business. I hope it was some kind of practice, and I hope we find out why they did it.

LOL at martial law and invasion... April 27, 2014 at 10:47 AM

…that’s funny trolling, for sure. Given how easily spooked your typical Claycord lurker is.

Seriously though: If you’re a long time North Concord resident, then you are use to these things shaking the earth every once in a while (they are not subtle at all). When the weapons station was fully active you would see something like this all the time. Long after the station was toned down (is it or isn’t it closed?), I would still hear these things roaring over my house once in a blue moon. Typically every time we were about to invade some place major (training? moving crap? who knows). Last time was before invading Iraq. Maybe it was just a coincidence?

Anyways, where it is freaky is when a military copter is flying low enough to your house that you can see the face of the guy manning a mini-gun out the side door.

Anonymous April 27, 2014 at 10:50 AM

They were picking up the phantom for a top secret mission.
All very hush-hush doncha know?

Bob April 27, 2014 at 10:50 AM

More info: The specific model is Boeing HH-47 CSAR-X. SAR stands for Search And Rescue. I think they are owned by the Air Force. Probably on a training exercise to keep skills sharp. Also, if they have to go far for a training exercise or deployment, they probably need to travel in stages, and they could have been overnighting in Concord.

RunDogRun April 27, 2014 at 10:59 AM

The door was open? The next
time they do that, I’m going out
and do my very best “Girls Gone
Wild” imitation.

Steve H. April 27, 2014 at 11:01 AM

Got to pull out the old saber and rattle it now and then.

Suzanne April 27, 2014 at 11:15 AM

Heard the helicopters flying or rather felt them. They shook our house. My dog was shaken by it, as most of the neighbors dogs were.

Captain Cali April 27, 2014 at 12:32 PM

Just to ease your minds there is a air base in Stockton that has Chinook helicopters and run training missions all the time. I am part of HRF (Homeland Response Force) for the state of California we respond to Natural disasters and terrorist threats among other stuff. So if I was coming to take your guns or forcing you to enroll in Obamacare I would more like than not be on those choppers. So don’t freak out we do HRF training to better help respond to earthquakes/fires to help the people of California since the war is winding down.

Cat Wrangler April 27, 2014 at 2:12 PM

They bought the $100 tickets for the Clayton Garden Tour.

Dog dog dad April 27, 2014 at 2:53 PM

@ #42….LOL….best post in this thread

Ron Jon April 27, 2014 at 3:02 PM

they landed in the secret underground facility on Mt Diablo. Nothing to worry about.

Kirkwood April 27, 2014 at 4:03 PM

B.T.W. for those who are interested, the B-17, B-24, P51 will be at Buchanan Field June 6 – 8. We will see and hear American history flying (legally) low around Claycord that weekend. Love the sound of those old recips!

Sgt. Turdy April 27, 2014 at 4:12 PM

Everyone relax. We were just looking for the Colonel’s dog. Located him on the golf course & airlifted him back.

DogDog Dad April 27, 2014 at 4:45 PM

I love it when the vintage aircraft are here the flight path is right over my house.

@Sgt. Turdy April 27, 2014 at 4:53 PM

You’re needed immediately on the Politics thread. Report and post.

@kirkwood April 27, 2014 at 7:29 PM

The B-17 and B-25 Mitchell bombers had radial
piston engines, P-51 mustang had various v-12
engines, primarily Rolls Royce. Not sure what
recips are , no snark intended.
Always look forward to seeing and hearing them.

DMZ April 27, 2014 at 7:34 PM

Grateful and Thankful to all that serve.
God Bless….

Pluto April 27, 2014 at 8:27 PM

Felt them over the Crossings; the house shook!!!

ConcordMike April 27, 2014 at 8:46 PM

It was opening day on the bay this weekend folks.

The guy who knows April 28, 2014 at 9:14 AM

They were flying from Tacoma to Fresno on Friday. They hit weather (remember the dumping rain cells?) and made landing here @ concord to wait for the storm to pass. They ended up spending the night and finishing the flight on Saturday
there it is.

Kirkwood April 28, 2014 at 10:37 AM

@49 – Recip. means a reciprocating piston engine as opposed to a turbine. The term is mostly used in the aviation world.

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