Black Helicopter! Honest!
I prepared heavily for Y2K, and came into contact with a fair number of wild-eyed crazies in the "preparedness" world. Home from church this afternoon, we were surprised to see an honest-to-goodness black helicopter buzzing up and down our valley, below treetop level.
Imagine how intrigued I was by this fellow! And even more so when the Sheriff's dispatcher said, "I have no idea who that guy is - I've already called all of the airports in the area and nobody knows. If you can get a number off of the aircraft, I would love to have it." Thinking out loud, I mused, "I suppose it would be a poor idea to use the scope on my deer rifle..." The dispatcher agreed.
The helicopter seemed to be making a pattern about 100 yards per pass, at only about 50-80 feet off the ground (at least as he passed over our house). I got a photo on his pass over my neighbor's place, but the camera died as he came over mine. But I was close enough to read on the bottom of the craft, "Power Line Patrol". So much for conspiracy theories! But it was fun while it lasted.
I called the power company and suggested that the survey crew phone the county sheriff as a courtesy when they pull such antics, and to their credit they did call him within a half-hour.
We have a good time out here in the country.
Attached: telephoto shot of helicopter over neighbor's place, a normal shot of the same view showing where the telephoto shot fit in, and an advertising shot from Sikorsky showing their Model 333 powerline inspection helicopter with the same paint job as our visitor.